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Debate Time: Mike Richards’ Hit On David Booth

Penaltykill NetIt’s time for a penaltykill.net debate! So, let’s get it started.

In last night’s game pitting the Florida Panthers verses the Philadelphia Flyers, Flyer captain Mike Richards laid a nasty hit on David Booth of the Panthers. The NHL decided not to fine or suspend Richards for the hit. Do you agree? Should there have been a penalty of some kind for this hit? Is this just another example of the NHL favoring star players? Even if you have already seen it, take a look again and then respond.

I will provide my thoughts in a comment below.

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4 comments for “Debate Time: Mike Richards’ Hit On David Booth”

  1. When you look at the collision full speed, at the beginning of the video, the speed at which they come together isn’t all that impressive. It looks like any other play where two guys collide. When you look at the actual hit, it looks like Richard’s is trying to give him an elbow but the elbow is aiming for the chest. What makes the collision bad is Booth’s angle puts his head directly into the path of Richard’s shoulder. Tough call, but as they’ve been talking about on the radio - you can’t have the outcome decide the hit. Sometimes a guy gets boarded really dangerously, but because he gets up there’s no call. I think boarding is the worst…

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | October 25, 2009, 9:45 pm
  2. Since I read many different blogs and websites about hockey and more specifically the Penguins, I must side with an article that the Pittsburgh Post Gazette had in their “Empty Netters” postings.

    The issue is that the NHL is not being accurate when dealing out their penalty assessments. Let’s take a look at a very similar hit by former Penguin Colby Armstrong on former Hurricane Trevor Letowski.


    Prior to the 2007-2008 NHL season, the NHL came out and used that video as an example of a lot of rule changes that would be occurring. So what changed? This certainly looks a lot like the play that the NHL so specifically stated would be illegal in the future and yet they did not enforce this.

    Personally, I believe this hit should have at least been punished with a fine. I do believe that the NHL is showing inconsistent rulings in favor of it’s stars and this will eventually come back to haunt them.

    The bigger question might be, if this play would have been reversed in which it was Booth laying the hit on Richards would there have been a fine/suspension? I’d say yes.

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | October 26, 2009, 5:33 am
  3. Do you think the NHL should fine players based on previous infractions - like a Hockey Rap Sheet? My understanding is that right now the NHL may consider past transgressions but is not required. I suppose that would require union approval.

    Posted by adminNo Gravatar | October 26, 2009, 11:33 am
  4. I like the way the NFL handles it which does involve looking at a players previous infractions and then deciding the penalty from there.

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | October 26, 2009, 11:37 am

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