Department of Player Safety Is Clueless


This scrum was started by a deliberate cheap shot by Steve Ott on Mats Zuccarello. Somehow, Montreal came out with a power play. The Department of Player Safety didn’t even review it. They remain a joke as with the garbage Matt Calvert pulled. AP Photo via Getty Images courtesy The Score.

So, this cheap shot by Matt Calvert near the conclusion of the Blue Jackets’ Game 2 loss at the Penguins was worth only a one-game suspension.

Goon tactics by Columbus. It’s hard to take them seriously when they pull stunts like this. Message sending I get. But you don’t go about it this way. Calvert delivered a punch an unsuspecting Tom Kuhnackl that could’ve seriously injured him. Anyone who knows me knows I have no love for the Pens. Of course, their stars (Crosby especially) have gotten away with cheap stuff before without even a sniff from the Department of NHL Safety.

However, they have stuck to hockey in the first two games severely outplaying the Blue Jackets. Crosby and Malkin are having a field day so far. If they want to get back in the series, the Jackets need to shift the focus to hockey by scoring on Marc-Andre Fleury. He’s been brilliant in place of injured starter Matt Murray.

Personally, I believe what Calvert pulled was garbage. He should’ve gotten two or three games. But not the blind Dept. of Player Safety. Never. They are clueless. How else do you explain this cheap shot delivered by Montreal goon Steve Ott on Mats Zuccarello with the puck nowhere near that led to a scrum with Shea Weber pummeling J.T. Miller?

Typical garbage that Player Safety allows by going too soft.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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1 Response to Department of Player Safety Is Clueless

  1. Zip Gunnar says:

    Wah wah wah! Turn the tables around, see if you still whine…


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