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Dan Hamhuis: NHL decision ‘a little bit light’

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As expected, Dan Hamhuis wasn’t exactly enthralled with the NHL’s decision not to suspend Marian Hossa, telling that the NHL should focus on the hit itself and not on any other factors:

“I just personally think it was a little bit light,” Hamhius said on Monday. “It was a dangerous play, and my injuries and his prior past shouldn’t have anything to do with it. It doesn’t change the action.”

“It was very similar [to the Ovechkin hit],” Hamhuis said. “There were some minor differences about the play, but in both cases it’s a very dangerous place to be hit. And in both cases me and Brian Campbell weren’t expecting it.”

I’m still not a believer that both hit’s were exactly the same, but it’s semantics at this point. Ovechkin’s was a full shove, while Hossa’s reach-out push was the factor that sent Hamhuis flying into the boards.

That being said, I’m all with Hamhuis on this one. I could have told you Hossa wouldn’t be suspended. After all, Hamhuis escaped injury. If he had suffered a concussion, we’d be discussing a possible game suspension today. This is why standardized punishments are warranted now more than ever.