Eye-for-an-eye Suspension Tracker Update

Bye-bye Bouwmeester - Dilip Vishwanat

If the NHL wants to clean up the game, the solution is easy. Take an eye for an eye. And here's what the suspension blotter would look like.

It's time to check in on the upgraded suspension tracker based on overhauling the NHL's discipline policy with the intent of preventing unsafe plays. My new suspension policy is based on my dad's idea:

...a player who injures another in a "non-hockey play", or who has been found intending to injure will be suspended according to the current NHL precedent. There's nothing ground-breaking there. However, it's the second portion of the punishment that explores a new, and more effective, territory. While your thug (Zack Kassian, Matt Cooke, Daniel Carcillo, Chris Neil, or any other untalented hack) will be suspended using NHL precedent, their equivalent teammate will be suspended for the duration of the injury caused.

Add in a fine to the team for the amount of salary suspended (i.e. the Blues will be fined Bouwmeester's cumulative salary for the duration of his suspension) and you've got a real discipline plan built on deterrence.

Below is the list of suspensions handed out to this point:

Original Offender Infraction
Length
Paul Bissonnette Automatic suspension for leaving the bench to initiate a fight with Jordan Nolan
3 ps games, 7 reg season games
Teemu Pulkkinen Boarding Mike Kostka
4 ps games
Adam Erne Illegal check to the head of Vladimir Sobotka
3 ps games, 5 reg season games
Dale Weise Illegal check to the head of Taylor Hall
3 ps games
Zack Kassian High-sticking Sam Gagner
3 ps games, 5 reg season games
David Clarkson Automatic suspension for leaving the bench to initiate a fight with John Scott
10 games
Phil Kessel Slashing John Scott
3 ps games
Brad Stuart Illegal check to the head of Rick Nash
3 games
Alex Edler Illegal check to the head of Tomas Hertl
3 games
Patrick Kaleta Illegal check to the head of Jack Johnson
10 games
Maxim Lapierre Boarding Dan Boyle
5 games
Cody McLeod Boarding Niklas Kronwall
5 games
Michael Grabner Illegal check to the head of Nathan Gerbe
2 games
Ryan Garbutt Charging Dustin Penner
5 games
John Scott Illegal check to the head of Loui Eriksson
5 games

What does the suspension list look like after the new policy is applied?

That list is below:

Original Offender Infraction Also suspended Length
Paul Bissonnette Leaving the bench to initiate a fight with Jordan Nolan Rob Klinkhammer 10 games
Teemu Pulkkinen Boarding Mike Kostka Justin Abdelkader 4 games
Adam Erne Illegal check to the head of Vladimir Sobotka Lauri Korpikoski 3 games
Dale Weise Illegal check to the head of Taylor Hall Henrik Sedin 3 games
Zack Kassian High-sticking Sam Gagner Daniel Sedin Indefinite
David Clarkson Leaving the bench to initiate a fight with John Scott Colton Orr 10 games
Phil Kessel Slashing John Scott Fraser McLaren 3 games
Brad Stuart Illegal check to the head of Rick Nash Logan Couture Indefinite
Alex Edler Illegal check to the head of Tomas Hertl Henrik Sedin 3 games
Patrick Kaleta Illegal check to the head of Jack Johnson Christian Ehrhoff 10 games
Maxim Lapierre Boarding Dan Boyle Jay Bouwmeester Indefinite
Cody McLeod Boarding Niklas Kronwall Andre Benoit 3 games
Michael Grabner Illegal check to the head of Nathan Gerbe Kyle Okposo 2 games
Ryan Garbutt Charging Dustin Penner Erik Cole 5 games
John Scott Illegal check to the head of Loui Eriksson Steve Ott Indefinite

In this alternate reality, the suspensions that have occurred since the season began are pretty amazing:

  • What do the Sharks look like without Couture for as long as Nash remains in the press box?
  • The Canucks' results would look significantly different if Henrik Sedin was forced to sit for six of their first eight games due to suspensions. In fact, given the Canucks' history, it's probably best if the Sedins find new in-season hobbies - they're going to spend a ton of time on the suspended list.
  • The Blues lose Jay Bouwmeester, half of their top pairing for as long as Boyle is out.
  • The Avs get off light with Benoit leading the way in the points department. Perhaps we should amend the defensive suspensions to be based on time on ice instead of points.
  • The Sabres stink, so losing Ehrhoff and Ott won't impact them finishing 30th, but there will still be a big hit to Terry Pegula's checkbook.

If you're looking for deterrence, real deterrence, punish the team for the transgression and watch how quickly they police the game themselves.

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