Apparently, the owner of the Buffalo Sabres has sent a letter to Gary Bettman about the fight that occurred the other night between his team and Ottawa… and overall, about cheap shots and blind-sided hits that are causing a lot of injuries.
I agree with him, and think there needs to be something done. Players don’t seem to have the respect for one another like they used to. I also think Gary Bettman’s speeding up of the game has led to some of these nasty hits. The collisions are harder because the players are moving faster than ever before… and like other sports, the players are bigger than ever before. What really gets me is that some players are getting away with these blind-sided hits and cheap shots… no penalties have been called on a lot of them. But then at the same time, guys are getting called for barely poking at someone with their stick.
Bettman needs to get the officiating in line, and re-prioritize what is a penalty and what isn’t.
So is he going to listen to this letter from the Buffalo owner and take any action? Let’s hope so… and let’s hope it makes him re-think the penalties that are being called, which shouldn’t be.