Dustin Brown $10,000 fine is “the decision to not suspend Dustin Brown will end up being the biggest mistake the League has made this decade” according to our friend Josh at Tough Calls And we couldn’t agree more.
The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has counfounded us many times in the past, but the decision to not suspend Dustin Brown will end up being the biggest mistake the League has made this decade.
A cross check by Brown of the Los Angeles Kings to Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Justin Schultz did earn him a 5:00 major and a game misconduct for boarding. The officials got it right. Player Safety then fined him $10,000.00 for cross checking, and that shows they got it dead wrong.
Schultz was down on his knees and sliding, always defenceless, always with his back to Brown. The probability of making this check safely was minimal at best. Not that it was even needed. If Brown felt he had to do something, all he had to do was stand over Schultz and not let him get up.
Take a step back here and think about what…
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