Uhh... Yes they can actually. Divers/whiners/wimps = Sedins, Kesler, Burrows, Luongo, Lapierre. Cheapshot artists/goons = Hansen, Bieksa, Weise, Hamhuis. Come to think of it, several of these guys could be put in both categories. So basically your argument has no merit whatsoever and is based upon nothing other than pathological homer bias.
Also, you didn't answer the question. What would Hossa have to gain by sitting out the third period of a close game aginst the Hawks arch rivals if he was not injured? do you honestly believe that the Hawks best player would fake an injury and give the Canucks a major advantage in the game - when he was a goal away from a hattrick no less - just for the possibility of getting one of the Canucks' bottom 6 grinders suspended for one game against another team in February?
I pose the same question to you as the previous poster. Why would a marquee superstar like Hossa fake an injury to get a dime a dozen scrub like Hansen suspended for one game in February? the Canucks very nearly came back to win thanks to Hossa's absence. Do you think Hossa and the Hawks would have considered squandering a victory against their arch rivals a reasonable trade off for helping Dallas gain a minor advantage in the Canucks' next game?
Also, have you ever been any sort of athlete or had a concussion? I'm guessing no and no. Concussions are a complex medical condition which are still very much a mystery. There are no concrete "rules" about what can or cannot cause symptoms to reoccur or fade. Hossa felt shaky after Hansen drove his forearm/elbow into the back of his head, so the Hawks medical staff had him sit out the rest of the game as so not to risk re-aggravating his concussion any further. Simple as that.
I realize that Canucks fans hate the Hawks and are very bitter about losing to them, but that does not mean there is a leaguewide conspiracy against the Canucks or that the Hawks had to have broken the rules somehow. Sometimes you just get beat.
Also out of curiosity, how did you get to be a mod on this site? serious question.
Seriously? I got to be a mod by contributing to the site in a way that follows the rules and guidelines - you should try it sometime.
Here, I'll fill you in a bit about my history, since you've asked - I was a BCRPA fitness instructor prior to sustaining a serious back injury slalom water skiing. In that certification, I had to complete fairly extensive medical training and cpr. Plus, I've had a serious concussion in the past.
And I normally wouldn't do this "in thread" like this, however, when you slam our team like you have, I feel that I owe it to my fellow members to let them know you won't be doing so any longer.