I think the NHL suspending me was stupid. Why is the NHL so stupid?Thanks for writing in Cam! Good to hear from you. For those of you unaware, Cam Janssen was suspended 3 games earlier this week for a hit on Tomas Kaberle. The only problem is that I don't think it was that dirty. The NHL's press release called it a dirty hit without really specifying why. Kaberle was admiring his pass, and should have been paying attention. The Toronto media has thrown a collective hissy fit, somehow forgetting the pride they used to have in a team that always seemed to bend the rules. It has been claimed that the Janssen was late, making contact 3 seconds after the hit was made. Well, I've seen two different reports on how late it was, 1.3 seconds and 1.6 seconds. People claim it was an elbow, but the elbow didn't come up until after contact was made. People claim Janssen left his feet, which also didn't happen until after contact was made, and isn't even something that the league has been calling at all anymore. People claim Janssen hit Kaberle in the head intentionally, but Kaberle bent over as the check was coming in, you can't expect Jannsen to be held responsible for that. The media have claimed it was boarding, but the only reason that Kaberle was struck from behind is because he turned his back on Janssen as Cam was approaching. According to the NHL rulebook, there is nothing wrong with that, as the player about to be checked has a responsibility not to put himself into a dangerous position near the boards. So in the end Cam, you got a 3 game suspension of doing too good of a job of hitting someone. Congrats.
And once again, the NHL is faced with a disciplinary decision that became a business decision. Unwilling to piss off fans in Toronto, a city with a HUGE fanbase, the league decided to be unfair to a team with a much smaller fanbase in New Jersey, and that Cam, is just stupid.