When New York Rangers forward Wojtek Wolski elbowed Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson in the head earlier this season, causing a concussion, NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan declined to suspend Wolski. Shanahan cited Wolskis clean track record and the specifics of the play, arguing that Wolski didnt see Alfredsson until the last minute, then tensed up to protect himself.
When then-Calgary forward Rene Bourque elbowed Washington center Nicklas Backstrom in the head on Jan. 3, causing a concussion, Bourques reputation for dirty play and the clear evidence that he went out of his way to throw the elbow led to a five-game suspension.
Did the NHL get either of those calls right?
Alfredsson, an All-Star Game captain this weekend, doesnt think so.
When you get guys sticking out an elbow, youve got to get away from that, Alfredsson said. There should be severe punishments when that happens.
Some thought Bourques punishment was severe. NBCs NHL analyst, Ed Olczyk, thought it was a jok...