Another day, another ugly hit in the NHL. This one comes to us from Saturday's tilt between the San Jose Sharks and the Columbus Blue Jackets, as Jackets' winger Dane Byers stepped into Andrew Desjardins.
Early in the second period, Desjardins pokes the puck out of the zone. That's when Byers comes from the side and steps into him. Problem is, Desjardins never sees him. Also, contact is to the head.
It's hard to say definitively if a play is going to earn supplemental discipline these days, but this looks like a fairly suspendable hit to me, since it has the look of one of them there east-west blindside head hits.
Unsurprisingly, the coach of the victim feels the same way. From David Pollak:
"That's exactly what we want to eliminate from the game, exactly," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said.
That's a strong quote, and you have to imagine there are going to be some unhappy people in San Jose if the hit doesn't draw a suspension. I suspect it will.
Desjardins had to be helped from the...