As a Capitals fan I hate to lose defenseman Mike Green for 3 games because of his elbow to Florida Panthers forward Michael Frolik. As a hockey fan, I think the suspension handed down by the NHL, less than 24 hours later, is fair and sends the right message – as long as they remain consistent in enforcing across the league.
During the Capitals 4-1 victory over the Panthers, Green was crushed by a clean, open-ice Cory Stillman check. Later, in the same shift, he appeared to go head-hunting and led with an elbow to the head of Frolik, who was skating into his offensive zone. Luckily there was no injury from the dangerous play.
The NHL has made a big statement here, but has a history of inconsistency in punishments. If you’re handing this penalty down, please let it be a benchmark in protecting all players in all similar instances, not just a knee jerk reaction based on media coverage.
Read/watch more about this story:
Saturday Capitals Insider Post: Boudreau and players reaction to suspension
Saturday TSN.ca Story: CAPS’ GREEN GETS THREE GAME BAN FOR ELBOW ON FROLIK
Friday night: TSN Video Discussion – “Ain’t Easy Being Green.” Shows the hit in question.