Next? not quite yet...
If you highstick a player and cut him its a bigger penalty than if you high stick him and don't cut him. Intent doesn't matter.
If you elbow a player its a penalty, If you elbow a player in the head, its a head shot punishable by suspension.
Intent is very hard to prove, see Cooke vs Karlsson incident. But when it comes to head shots its a bit different. Head shots are a serious issue in all sports right now, particularly NHL and NFL. The league is afraid of a class action law suit. They are not going to sit back and take a chance on head shots.
Intent or no intent won't matter. Hansen's forearm/elbow came up and hit Hossa in the head from behind. NHL does not want that play in the game. I see a minimum of fine and maybe a suspension of 1 game.
The point of what I'm saying flew above you head by 10 feet, look up.
Hanson is trying to play a puck and has no intent, the review will be smarter then you and intent is always an issue. Show me one case that has ever landed in a suspension that a player was trying to play a puck and "without looking at another player (this is key)" that has landed in a suspension.
And do it quick because I'm off to bed soon.
Edit: and tell me what did cook get?
Edited by Nino, 20 February 2013 - 12:17 AM.