By Bryan Jeon
On Todd Bertuzzi‘s 3-year anniversary of his blindside hit on Steve Moore, not much has changed in terms of eliminating dangerous actions in the NHL. The New York Islanders’ Chris Simon swung his hockey stick at New York Rangers’ Ryan Hollweg in the chin, clotheslining Hollweg as he lay motionless on the ice for several minutes. Just seconds earlier, Hollweg had just cleanly checked Simon into the boards late in the third period. With Simon’s upper body and seemingly, helmet having the most momentum into the glass, Simon got up angrily after taking a second to get up from the hit. He happened to score the Islanders’ lone goal earlier in their 2-1 loss, as the ensuing power play held the game winner.
Just unbelievable. I don’t understand the people who view this as only a suspension for the rest of the regular season, and there are thousands of them out there. This is flat-out unacceptable behavior, swinging a deadly weapon at someone’s face with intent to injure. What if Simon swung a few inches lower and connected with the neck? It’s unfortunate that the outcome of the little blood and Hollweg not planning on missing any games will be the influence in the decision-making. It was also interesting to note that although it was loyal of teammates to go after Simon, no one even tended to Hollweg as he lay face down on the ice. Simon should be done for at least the playoffs this year, as the Islanders have 15 games remaining in the regular season and hold the 7th seed by 3 points in the Eastern Conference.
Simon has been suspended indefinitely, and a decision is expected to be made next week.