I’m sorry, but are we watching opening-round action of the NHL playoffs, or the latest installment of WWE Wrestling?!?!

Any minute now, I expect a player to pull out a “foreign object” hidden in his paraphernalia.  At some point, I’m sure we’ll see a player wack an opposing player over the head with a steel folding chair.

The NHL playoffs so far are a joke, and the league is doing precious little about it.

Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators smashes Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg’s head into the turnbuckle (sorry. I meant “the glass”) and comes away with a fine of $2,500.

What a joke.

In comng down with his ruling, NHL sheriff Brendan Shanahan noted that Zetterberg did not suffer an apparent injury, which begs the question: AND THAT MAKES IT OK!?!? Weber smashed Zetterberg’s head into the glass and basically gets away scott free because Zetterberg wasn’t hurt on the play???

What a joke.

In Ottawa, the Sens are wondering about the playing status of Daniel Aflredson, who took a flying elbow to the head (not to be confused with The Rock’s “People’s Elbow) from the Rangers’ Carl Hagelin and emerged with a concussion.  After the incident, Shanahan called Hagelin “a good kid.” Oh, well then.  I guess that makes it okay.  Because he’s a good kid. Hagelin received a three-game suspension for being a “good kid.”

What a joke.

Chicago’s Andrew Shaw run’s into Phoenix goalie Mike Smith, a shoulder to the chin that sent Smith into next week, showing a complete lack of respect.  It’s a prime example of the kind of crap we’re seeing on the ice so far in opening-round action.  It’s anarchy on the ice. And do you know what?  The NHL is loving it.

Just go to the NHL’s web site at nhl.com.  The front page includes a link that will take you to the video of the scrap between Sidney Crosby and Claude Giroux.  There’s another video link with a headline:  “Tempers rise in PHI.”  Watch the video.  You can actually hear a bell in the background as various players go at it.

Wonderful stuff.

Do you smell what the NHL is cooking?

Well, it stinks.



About ahefter

I have covered hockey extensively during my 30-year sports broadcasting career. From the Miracle on Ice at Lake Placid to the Edmonton Oiler dynasty years, I've shared my views on hockey with listeners in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. You can "catch me in action" on Youtube at the following URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1n5BdB9ngYw My radio stops include TSN 690 Montreal, CJAD Montreal, CKNW Vancouver, and CKEY Toronto. I also ran the Canadian Press sports desk (radio). My travels as a network reporter have taken me to four Olympics, most recently Vancouver 2010. I'm currently an Applied Assistant Professor within the School of Communication at the University of Hartford.
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