So Joe gets two games for the hit on David Perron last night, let’s take a look:
To me, this hit looks fairly similar to the one Mike Richards put on David Booth, probably not as bad. Richards knocked Booth out for an extended period of time, and got no suspension. Joe got two games. Truly, the NHL justice system is probably a bunch of monkeys throwing darts, or perhaps typings stories (“It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times?! Stupid monkey!”). I predicted to Doug yesterday that Joe would get at least a game, and maybe two. Whee, I was right.
Despite the public outcry about the hit, either for or against the suspension, I think there’s a more serious issue in play. Take a look at Perron after the hit. He’s facedown on the ice, not moving. The trainer comes out, Perron’s on one knee, then slowly back to the bench. It’s not disputed that Perron was in fact hit in the head, and that he lay motionless on the ice. After that, Perron takes his next shift only one minute later in game time (probably 5-10 minutes later in real time). I’m no health care professional, but I’ve read enough about concussions to know that the symptoms can be widely varied, and the severity of the initial symptoms don’t always correlate to the severity of the concussion. Most importantly, the incidence and severity of future concussions is greatly increased if a person hasn’t fully recovered from a previous one.
That being said, one of the following two statements has to be true:
- The Blues’ training staff played very fast and loose with David Perron’s health. Seems difficult to believe that a thorough neurological exam could take place in the space of 5 minutes.
- David Perron faked his injury.
Either one of these is a serious problem for the NHL. Jamie Baker said in his post (he’s certainly on the side that Perron faked it) that this is becoming a trend- to fake injuries to draw penalties. All I know is, if the league is going to come out and say there will be stiff penalties for these types of hits, they have to know players will take advantage of that. Whether Perron did or didn’t here, there’s no way to know for sure. But I got my eye on you, Mike Ribero.