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 Post subject: Re: Place your bets right now re: Wilson suspension
PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 10:47 am 
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This article is from 4/30 (before the ZAR hit):

http://nhl.nbcsports.com/2018/04/30/on-tom-wilson-player-safety-and-avoiding-suspension/

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He avoided a suspension on this one because, in the NHL’s view (via ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski), head contact was unavoidable because Dumoulin, in bracing for contact from an oncoming Alex Ovechkin, changed the position of his head just prior to contact. There did not seem to be any word on the changing position of Wilson’s shoulder, which seemed to play just as big of a role in the contact as Dumoulin changing the position of his head.

He avoided a suspension in the first-round on the Wennberg hit because the DoPS could not determine if the head was the main point of contact given the available camera angles.

Viewed in a vacuum and as isolated incidents those explanations might hold up. They might make sense. They might even be justified.

Here is the problem with that: This same thing keeps happening with Tom Wilson.

He always seems to find himself in these positions. He always seems to find himself at the center of the controversial play where “there is nothing else he could have done,” or “the contact could not be avoided,” or “there was not a clear view of what happened.” No matter the situation, no matter the hit, no matter the result, there is an always an excuse for why it was okay or why it shouldn’t have been elevated to the level of supplemental discipline. The story of his career to this point can probably be summed up as: Hey, that was probably a bad hit with an unfortunate result for the guy on the receiving end of it but there just wasn’t enough evidence to suspend him … this time.

Since entering the NHL at the start of the 2013-14 season no player in the NHL has been penalized more than Wilson. His 806 penalty minutes in the regular season are 85 more than the next closest player, and he is one of just three players in the league to be assessed more than even 600 penalty minutes during that stretch (Antoine Roussel at 721 and Cody McLeod at 707) are the only others.


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When it comes to Wilson and the plays he has been involved in throughout his career there is always some amount of gray area in them. The Lazar play could be written off as accidental. Same as the Dumoulin play. Maybe the head wasn’t the main point of contact or targeted on Wennberg or Zadorov. On any one of them you can look at them and come to the conclusion that it wasn’t the intended result, or that isn’t what he was going for, or that there was some other extenuating circumstance that made the play what it was.

At what point, though, does this no longer become an accident?

If a player — in this case, Wilson — keeps finding himself in these situations when does it stop becoming an unfortunate series of events and start becoming a trend? At what point does it simply become about the player that is the common denominator in all of these situations?


At any given time there are more than 700 players on NHL rosters and there are only a small handful of them that we keep having these discussions about when it comes to their style of play and the incidents they are involved in. Matt Cooke used to be one of those players. Raffi Torres used to be one of those players. Brad Marchand, quite famously, is still one of them. And like Wilson, Marchand always seems to leave enough gray area for debate on a lot of his incidents (the old, accidentally on purpose type of play). Even though he has been suspended and fined more than any other player in the league during the DoPS era, there are countless other plays that seem to toe that line.

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 Post subject: Re: Place your bets right now re: Wilson suspension
PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 10:58 am 
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What the Pen's players have to do is duck his hit and go at his knees, provided they see him coming. He is not interested in ever playing the puck in these situations - he's looking to hit only. So, knowing that, duck his hit, put your shoulder into his knee (hopefully at an angle) and blow his fucking knee to pieces. Hell rise him up and over you and onto his head or back onto the ice. I think he is a dirty piece of shit.


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 Post subject: Re: Place your bets right now re: Wilson suspension
PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 11:48 am 
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I just watched this video that was posted by the Department of Player Safety's Twitter account a few days. It explains some of their recent decisions on player suspensions (or non-suspensions) on hits to the head. The Dumolin hit was one of them.

Watching it makes me less confident that Wilson is getting anything. Basically, if the player getting hit makes any movement at all, or the contact so much as brushes another body part before hitting the head, it's not the offending players' fault.

https://twitter.com/NHLPlayerSafety/status/991108076731338753


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 Post subject: Re: Place your bets right now re: Wilson suspension
PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 11:58 am 
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Louis Lipps Service wrote:
I just watched this video that was posted by the Department of Player Safety's Twitter account a few days. It explains some of their recent decisions on player suspensions (or non-suspensions) on hits to the head. The Dumolin hit was one of them.

Watching it makes me less confident that Wilson is getting anything. Basically, if the player getting hit makes any movement at all, or the contact so much as brushes another body part before hitting the head, it's not the offending players' fault.

https://twitter.com/NHLPlayerSafety/status/991108076731338753


They generally don't offer hearings if you aren't getting suspended.

Wilson is getting something


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 Post subject: Re: Place your bets right now re: Wilson suspension
PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 12:12 pm 
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Donnie Brasco wrote:
Louis Lipps Service wrote:
I just watched this video that was posted by the Department of Player Safety's Twitter account a few days. It explains some of their recent decisions on player suspensions (or non-suspensions) on hits to the head. The Dumolin hit was one of them.

Watching it makes me less confident that Wilson is getting anything. Basically, if the player getting hit makes any movement at all, or the contact so much as brushes another body part before hitting the head, it's not the offending players' fault.

https://twitter.com/NHLPlayerSafety/status/991108076731338753


They generally don't offer hearings if you aren't getting suspended.

Wilson is getting something


They'll occasionally go the fine route after a hearing. It'd be absolutely insane for them to do that...but it wouldn't shock me.


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 Post subject: Re: Place your bets right now re: Wilson suspension
PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 12:19 pm 
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I have heard it's just a telephone hearing, so at most a one game suspension.

A fine could still be in the cards, though.

I can't believe with the Wennberg hit their excuse was "they couldn't tell if the head was the definitive point of contact with the available camera angles".

One would think the fact that Wilson LAUNCHED himself at a helpless Wennberg who was frozen in place by Ovechkin being on the other side of him would supersede that. Just like the fact that Wilson deliberately shouldered Dumoulin would supersed the fact that Dumo had to move his head to avoid Ovi.

But this is an NHL that, like the NFL, wants to pretend it cares about player safety rather than actually do something about it.

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 Post subject: Re: Place your bets right now re: Wilson suspension
PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 12:46 pm 
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Jeemie wrote:
I have heard it's just a telephone hearing, so at most a one game suspension.

A fine could still be in the cards, though.

I can't believe with the Wennberg hit their excuse was "they couldn't tell if the head was the definitive point of contact with the available camera angles".

One would think the fact that Wilson LAUNCHED himself at a helpless Wennberg who was frozen in place by Ovechkin being on the other side of him would supersede that. Just like the fact that Wilson deliberately shouldered Dumoulin would supersed the fact that Dumo had to move his head to avoid Ovi.

But this is an NHL that, like the NFL, wants to pretend it cares about player safety rather than actually do something about it.


It’s amazing that the DoPS seemingly is always run by goons. Maybe have a skill player run it and you’ll see actual discipline?


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 Post subject: Re: Place your bets right now re: Wilson suspension
PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 12:50 pm 
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Jeemie wrote:
I have heard it's just a telephone hearing, so at most a one game suspension.

A fine could still be in the cards, though.

I can't believe with the Wennberg hit their excuse was "they couldn't tell if the head was the definitive point of contact with the available camera angles".

One would think the fact that Wilson LAUNCHED himself at a helpless Wennberg who was frozen in place by Ovechkin being on the other side of him would supersede that. Just like the fact that Wilson deliberately shouldered Dumoulin would supersed the fact that Dumo had to move his head to avoid Ovi.

But this is an NHL that, like the NFL, wants to pretend it cares about player safety rather than actually do something about it.


Just found the link. Telephone hearing is a maximum of 5 games, and a fine of at least $5,000

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 Post subject: Re: Place your bets right now re: Wilson suspension
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Jeemie wrote:
I have heard it's just a telephone hearing, so at most a one game suspension.

A fine could still be in the cards, though.

I can't believe with the Wennberg hit their excuse was "they couldn't tell if the head was the definitive point of contact with the available camera angles".

One would think the fact that Wilson LAUNCHED himself at a helpless Wennberg who was frozen in place by Ovechkin being on the other side of him would supersede that. Just like the fact that Wilson deliberately shouldered Dumoulin would supersed the fact that Dumo had to move his head to avoid Ovi.

But this is an NHL that, like the NFL, wants to pretend it cares about player safety rather than actually do something about it.


For me the Dumo and Wennberg hits were way worse than what happened last night. It isn't whether there was significant head contact or not in my mind, but the fact that they were both predatory.
Neither player knows (or at least expects) that Wilson is behind them.

At least with last night's hit you could say with any other player: it was a check that went high and that Zar should have seen him coming

Typical of the NHL to fuck this up


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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 1:14 pm 
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