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Kaleta from my opinion should of received a bigger suspension then Laraque did...Its not only because its Laraque its because the league as a conspirency against all Canadian teams...

Nonsense. (Edit - about the conspiracy that is)

I've heard that Laeaque's suspension had to do with his past but beyond that I think it's tougher to make the case that his hit was in any way accidental whereas Kaleta's hit could be argued patrially the opposing player turning into the hit. Not that I am blaming the victim but that tends to be what happens in hockey. And it's easier to do in Kaleta's case than in Laraque's.

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Nonsense. (Edit - about the conspiracy that is)

I've heard that Laeaque's suspension had to do with his past but beyond that I think it's tougher to make the case that his hit was in any way accidental whereas Kaleta's hit could be argued patrially the opposing player turning into the hit. Not that I am blaming the victim but that tends to be what happens in hockey. And it's easier to do in Kaleta's case than in Laraque's.

Laraque's history? - he has been suspended only once in his career once in 2008 for 3 games. as far as I can tell

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/players/bio/?i...e=nhl-canadiens

Kaleta is a cheap shot artist ask Prucha http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63NJqDhl7eg or even Markov

or pyatt

so he has a history in his 3 season career.
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Ovechkin going for a knee-on-knee hit and ends up blowing out his own knee.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSUamCd35_w

I wonder if he'll finally get a suspension.

As much as I love Ovi, that definately deserves a suspension, even if he also got injured on the play. That even looked worse than Laraque's knee-on-knee with Kronwall. He clearly stuck out his knee!

The NHL has a different set of rules for it's stars and I think Ovi knows it. He throws questionnable hits at least once a game...

The NHL should have a suspension ''chart'' (can't think of a better word right now), where let's say a knee-on-knee is minimum 2 games regardless of the players. Checking from behing, minimum 1 game depending on the severity. Those were just examples, but we need some kind of chart, where every time some kind of incident happens, all the NHL has to do, is to refer to the chart and dish out the suspension! There would always be a minimum amount of games for different incidents, but depending on a players track record, he could get more games.

I hope I made that clear enough. Eventhough it will probably never happen, since the NHL is scared to suspend their stars...

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It deserves some bench time ( Ovie's hit) and it wouldnt surprise me if the League checks on his injury status and just happens to hand out a suspension that matches his suspected recovery time. Washington co-ordinates with the League and tells the media that Alex is fine ( denying an injury) so that he actually serves a suspension while being on the limp. If he's not recovered before the suspension is served,, then he just happens to hurt himself in practice to save face.

Nice conspiracy theory,,,,right??? :P

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From the laraque thread.

http://img109.imageshack.us/img109/7955/dammitpronger.gif

Also this

Well truth is, it's not a chart, it's an equation

Games Suspended = What the player actually deserves

divided by 3 for no real reason

divided by the player's star factor on a scale of 1 to 10

plus 1 for being a repeat offender

plus 2 if criminal charges are laid for the incident (3 if charge is manslaughter, 4 for attempted and/or successful murder)

plus 1 for being a minority, French Canadian or born outside North America

plus 3 for being a drug addict or alcoholic

plus 5 for being Avery

plus 0.5 if the victim is dead

plus 0.25 if the victim will never walk again

minus 10 if Cherry finds a way to blame it on the victim

minus 5 if it's the playoffs

minus infinite if it's a top five forward in the league and no murder charge was laid

plus six if the offense was being a victim of a Crosby or Ovechkin cheap shot that made them look less God-like (thanks to uncivilengineer for the idea)

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Does it matter? <_<

He's going to be injured for however long, anyway.

The reason it matters is that it goes to his history.

He should have been suspended against Pittsburgh. Got a gamer by Ref.

Bettman tells discipline you can't suspend him . He has those cool glasses and hat.

So he gets no suspension.

Then he does it again and now people say don't suspend him he hurt himself anyways.

The third time that he does it he should get 10 games, but instead we will look back and say well he never was suspended before can't be harsh on first time offender. Then Bettman will chime in "does he still have that cool hat and sunglasses."

Laraque doesn't get game misconduct. But is suspended by league for 5 games because of history. As mentioned above he was only suspended once before for an elbow. Crap .

George get some sunglases and a hat you will look so cool. Maybe you could get elton johns duck suit from the 70's Bettman would love that

I despise Ovie

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Yes there is a double standard for sure. You have to be as blind as a league official to not see that. However the league is NOT going to suspend it's "star" but he is going to end up hurting himself & other players unless something is done about it but he will not be the one made an example of.

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In just over a month, Ovie has slew footed (no suspension -token fine), He boarded Kaleta (major and a game no suspension) and now he knees someone ( major and a game - suspension?). He better get a suspension this time. He has run out of get out of jail free cards. Boudreau said today Ovie is day to day so no real ligament damage. I kind of expect him in the line up on Thursday so the no suspension because he's hurt won't fly.

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He got 2 games according to TSN. Enough? Not really. 2nd incident in 3 games, and he gets 2 games. Laraque's first offence in 2 years and he gets 5. This is ridiculous.

Guess Mr. Campbell used the fact that Ovie has never been suspended for the light sentence. He fails to note that it is Ovie's second knee on knee in less than a year. He should have gotten 5 games.

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Guess Mr. Campbell used the fact that Ovie has never been suspended for the light sentence. He fails to note that it is Ovie's second knee on knee in less than a year. He should have gotten 5 games.

They also factor in how injured the player was and Gleason returned later in the game. I don't like that they used that because they really shouldn't to the degree they do but it's a major factor.

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He got 2 games according to TSN. Enough? Not really. 2nd incident in 3 games, and he gets 2 games. Laraque's first offence in 2 years and he gets 5. This is ridiculous.

Well, technically Campbell only gave Ovechkin a one-game suspension since getting your second match penalty is an automatic one-game suspension.

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Caps' Ovechkin fined but not suspendedFriday, 10.23.2009 / 5:23 PM / News NHL.comNHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations, Colin Campbell, has confirmed media reports that Capitals' right wing Alex Ovechkin has been fined but will not be suspended for his slew foot of Atlanta's Rich Peverley in the final minute of Washington's 5-4 road victory on Thursday night. Ovechkin was whistled for a two-minute tripping penalty.

The fine comes one day after Anaheim's Evgeni Artyukhin was suspended three games by the League for slew-footing defenseman Matt Niskanen of the Dallas Stars, though no penalty was called on the play. The Ducks' right wing, who loses $34,756.11 in salary, will miss Saturday's game against Columbus, Monday's game against Toronto, and an Oct. 30 contest against Vancouver.

"It is unfair to draw any parallels [about the two slew-foot incidents] other than the players that [Ovechkin and Artyukhin] tripped both fell down," Campbell told NHL.com. "Artyukhin was suspended [for two games] last season for a kneeing incident in which a player was injured. He was also fined during this preseason for slew-footing a player who didn't have the puck. Fast forward three weeks, he, in our opinion, did slew-foot Matt Niskanen, causing Niskanen's skates to fly up well above the boards and half up the glass. It resulted in an injury for Niskanen and he has missed one game so far."

In contrast, Campbell said, Ovechkin is "not a repeat offender" and he was pushing the player's feet out trying to get the puck late in a close game. There was no injury to Peverley.

"We categorize that as a hockey play, but it is dangerous and that is why we fined him," explained Campbell. "And we still don't like either play."

Campbell added Ovechkin has only taken out three players with filthy plays, Commisioner Betman has reached out to Ovechkin and they have a deal that Ovechkin will wear his sunglasses and hat again in the shootout.

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He got 2 games according to TSN. Enough? Not really. 2nd incident in 3 games, and he gets 2 games. Laraque's first offence in 2 years and he gets 5. This is ridiculous.

WHAT?!!? 2 games? I thought it was an automatic 5, if only for the league to save face and show they aren't complete hypocrites. Disgusting.

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ovie and betman deserve each other. the twisted little troll and that big piece of garbage are made for each other. My favorite moment every year is when Bettman gets relentlessly booed till he passes the cup. It is truly music to my ears. I have given up on the Habs having any chance so this is what I love most about hockey now. I can however now add to the list.

The list will be the day that Ovie gets his... I really don't want someone to hurt him I am almost sure that he will end his own career with his careless and dirty play.

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He got 2 games according to TSN. Enough? Not really. 2nd incident in 3 games, and he gets 2 games. Laraque's first offence in 2 years and he gets 5. This is ridiculous.

Just goes to show what a Mickey Mouse organization the NHL is. Maybe when Bettman retires/gets canned the league will regain some credibility but by then it will be too late. No wonder the NHL is largely ignored by the US media.

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