Sean Monahan Posted March 17, 2015 Share Posted March 17, 2015 I agree with you that the Lupul headhunt should have been suspended. The bottom line was clear and malicious intent - and the result was in fact a head shot - it just so happens it was wreckless enough that he wound up throwing the elbow into a team-mates mug. Regardless, the point is to get these chickensh!t cheapshots out of the game - so whethere it was the intent or the result, Lupul clearly intended to throw a headshot and wound up doing so no matter how comical the fail was. That should certainly come into play if he faces a suspension in the future. That's exactly what I've been thinking for a couple of years now. I'd say the game has improved quite a bit over the last couple of years (coincidentally in the time guys like Cooke cleaned up) but in those years between the lockouts it wasn't uncommon to watch a game and see somebody take a vicious run at a player but miss and receive no punishment. The game is cleaning up but if they really wanna stop the cheap shots they'll punish intent as well. This may get arbitrary in some cases but in the case of the Lupul miss, he was very clearly throwing an elevated elbow. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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