Morning Free Association: WTF?

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I’d like to know what Mark Borowiecki has on the Department of Player Safety. Is it compromising photos? Pee tapes? Information on crimes committed by the NHL DOPS crew? Whatever it is, Borowiecki got off easy, with only a one game suspension.

On Tuesday night, Borowiecki elbowed Urho Vaakanainen, sending the young Bruins defenseman to the ice and ultimately out of the game with a concussion. Borowiecki knowing elbowed him but made the argument that he didn’t intend for the head to be the principle point of contact.

bullshit

As you can see in the NHL DOPS video replay, you can see Mark Bullshit Borowiecki look back at Vaakanainen and pull his arm up. If he meant to just stop him, that arm would have gone out, not up. And this whole idea that the onus is on the victim of the head shot to keep his head up and avoid the contact is just bad.

I guess getting a light suspension would be a break for a guy who will be forced to serve time on a terrible team for the rest of his career. Maybe Borowiecki can knock himself out.

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Our roof is finally getting done! The workers keep showing up to work afternoon and go too dark. Weird. Also, 3pm is my nap time. Also, torrential rain coming. Guys? Guys?

Satan 81's Sister
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Oh and apparently Lee Steampunkniak is still a thing and kicking around practice. I think the Bruins keep forgetting to tell him to go home.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Progress! I like progress!

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Ok, he’s on the ice… is he skating?
Or is he merely sitting there, reading a book or what-not? wink

Satan 81's Sister
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Whatever he’s doing in the ice, at least he’s doing it on the ice! PROGRESS!

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Hey Gang!
Finally saw the game at 3 yesterday afternoon. Fuck Borowhatever…clearly a head shot that deserves more severe punishment.
Only a single last night, but the 930 start made it late. Pimpin’ be rough.
We get to watch tonight! Yay! (We like to watch).
Thinking about a lil work soon….. soon.
After coffee. Coffee is good.

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Still haven’t found my tablet

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Only a single last night, but the 930 start made it late.

Sounds like a slow night of tarting.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

That was a bad hit – I’d be more than happy with a bigger suspension there.

It was kinda hilarious to hear Jack & Brick complaining about every call after the Borowieki hit. I mean, they had a point, but they took it a bit far.

(We like to watch)

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He pretty obviously elbowed him in the head on purpose. He should be suspended as many games as Vaakanainen misses.

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

The league sure makes it hard to love hockey sometimes.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

It’ll never happen but I’d love to see suspensions based on how many games the injured player misses.

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

It sounds like a good idea but I feel like the unintended consequences would be really messy. I’m OK with a set # of games but I think the length of suspensions need to be set in stone depending on the type of infraction and it’s capacity for potential injury (board, interference, elbow, slew-foot) etc and the type of injury sustained. I know some people don’t want to take injury into account but I think it’s needed for the sake of consistent rulings. This subjective system based on perceived intent and priors is BS.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I can definitely agree with all this. Clearly the big issue is the current system does nothing to deter crap like Borowiecki’s hit on Vaakanainen.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Yeah, I’m in the camp of ‘duration of injury shouldn’t be a factor’ — for many reasons. Perhaps I’ll write an article on it.