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Carolina’s Brett Pesce has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for a dangerous trip on Detroit’s Robby Fabbri.pic.twitter.com/O8eI3SE80k
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This is ridiculous. If I’m a player, and this is the result, I’m going to try to hurt him next game. And I don’t want that to be the case. The league is incentivizing retaliation.
I want to be clear. I do not want players to retaliate by trying to injure the other player. That’s not something I want in the game. But, what do you expect? The way you take away the incentive to retaliate is by severely punishing the initial conduct.
This is clearly intentional. It’s also a “play” that could clearly cause major injury. The Department of Player Safety continues to abdicate its responsibility to police the game, and it’s only a matter of time before someone else has their career ended like Marc Savard did.
Take a guess who the player for the Red Wings is.
So this week’s edition looks at some players around the league whose time it is to stand up. These are mostly struggling players, but in some cases a surge in production would up trade value, better position the player for an upcoming contract negotiation, or just help the team more generally.