Sunday, March 11, 2007


Chris Simon Suspended for the Rest of the Season

So, Colon Cleansing gave Chris Simon the Marty McSorely treatment.


New York Islanders forward Chris Simon has been suspended for the remainder of the 2006-07 regular season and the entirety of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Simon is suspended a minimum of 25 games, including Saturday night's game against Washington plus the 14 that remain in the 2006-07 regular season. If the Islanders do not qualify for the 2007 playoffs, or play fewer than 10 playoff games in the 2007 playoffs, Simon would serve additional games at the start of the 2007-08 regular season to satisfy the minimum term of the suspension.
This is exactly the suspension that is deserved for this action. Some might feel its not fair enough, some may say it's too harsh, but like Goldilocks, I think it's JUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUST RIGHT!

''The National Hockey League will not accept the use of a stick in the manner and fashion in which Mr. Simon used his Thursday night,'' said Colin Campbell, NHL Senior Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations. ''As a consequence of his actions, Mr. Simon has forfeited the privilege of playing in an NHL game again this season, regardless of how many games the Islanders ultimately play.''
Now, I wish that the NHL would consistantly adhere to this standard more often. Why is it that only the 'goons' merit such harsh penalties? Hmm?? I'll be happier once I see this kind of penalty handed out more often.

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Simon got off easy. He should have been suspended at least for the rest of this season and next for his baseball like swing at Hollweg's head.
Simon is responsible for his actions and there is no place in hockey for this kind of behaviour. The fact that Hollweg avoided serious injury and was able to continue in the game shouldn't factor into the length of the suspension. If Hollweg had suffered a serious injury and was laying in a hospital bed right now I'm sure the suspension would have been longer.
This is Simons sixth suspension, he was suspended 2 games for cross-checking Peter Popovic in the throat. He recieved other suspensions for elbowing and kneeing. He was given a 2 game suspension for cross-checking Ruslan Fedotenko to the ice, he then jumped on him and started punching him. The point is, he has a history of violent behaviour on the ice and it is only a matter of time until someone is seriously injured by this guy.
The Nassau County Police are investigating whether or not to charge Simon. I say they should charge him, it is assault with a weapon there can be no disputing that. The fact this took place durring a NHL hockey game should have no bearing on their desision to charge him or not. If I was playing street hockey and took a 2 handed swing at someone's head, I have no doubt I would be charged with assault.
The NHL should have made an example of Simon and kick him out of the league or at least suspended him for the rest of this season and next. The league says it wants to promote the game and attract the casual fan but if insidents like this keep happening it will turn more people off hockey. They say there is no such thing as bad publicity, but this is bad publicity. The NHL really dropped the ball on this one.

Cliff Wilson
Simon should be banned from the game.

There's been some good discussion about this over at These guys are on to something!
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