NHL: Scottie Upshall’s Suspension Shows Flaw in the System

February 24th, 2011 by Mike Pascale Leave a reply »
Anyone who reads my articles (or my profile) knows I'm a huge Philadelphia Flyers fan.

At the same time, when I write about them, I try to be objective so I can provide viewpoints most diehard Flyers fans wouldn't see.

Today, I will tackle the National Hockey League's decision to suspend Phoenix Coyotes forward Scottie Upshall for two games for his hit on Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Oskars Bartulis.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I will reveal that I'm not an Upshall fan. He wasn't in Philadelphia long enough for me to feel an attachment to him and I always thought his popularity among the fans was due more to his personality and charm than his play on the ice.

That said, I think he got screwed on this one.

I have always thought the NHL is more concerned with plays that look dangerous and the result of those plays, rather than the actual safety of its players.

This suspension confirms my beliefs.

The play was routine enough. Coyotes center Vernon Fiddler took a shot and Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky attempted to cover it up. The referee blew the whistle, but Upshall was skating hard at the ...

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