I'm not a real huge fan of all the suspensions and fines in sports nowadays. But with that said, if we can't change the rules they should be consistent. Intended or not, Niklas Kronwall completely destroyed Jake Voracek's head.
No penalty call, no supplemental discipline, nothing. This is an absolute disgrace to the game. Kronwall is a repeat offender and he does nothing but hunt for people on the ice. Players like this should not get away without punishment.
Matt Cooke is a great example. He is a tough guy forward who doesn't electrify much but gets the job done well. He also gets fined on a regular basis for borderline hits, sometimes hits that are completely legal. But because Kronwall is the cornerstone of Detroit's defense corps once Lidstrom retires he is allowed to do whatever he wants?
Alexander Ovechkin, the best player in the league in my opinion, was fined and suspended for an illegal hit. This is a prime example of favoritism. Who knows why but there is some reason Kronwall wasn't disciplined correctly. Nothing outrages me more than favoritism about mandatory rules. These officials need to step up to the plate during the game and Brendan Shanahan needs to get his act together. I really liked him as head of discipline at first but he has lost a whole lot of respect from me.