Devils’ Salmela Taken Off on Stretcher After Controversial Hit
Who is it in the Flyers system that teaches their players it’s okay to be absolute goons? Maybe it’s just a feeling on my end, and should not be a concern at all, but I feel like the Flyers are in the news more than any other team due to their players skating with a little extra (vicious) intent.
Take this hit for example from the Flyers’ Jeff Carter. As Devils’ newly acquired forward, Anssi Salmela, just completes a shot on goal (and a goal, no less), he gets drilled in the head by an oncoming Flyers skater. The puck is already off of Salmela’s stick and Carter puts his shoulder down into Salmela’s head/neck region, dropping Salmela into the ice, face first.
Salmela broke his jaw and lost some teeth, but otherwise should be okay. He needed a stretcher to be taken off the ice, though.
The more I look at the play, the more I guess Carter wasn’t heading toward Salmela at full speed with any added intent, and I know it’s awfully hard to avoid a player on a dime when you’re skating toward him for what will eventually be a clean hit. No penalty was called on the play, but I’m sure many people will have a good, hearty debate about this and whether or not Campbell should see a fine, or suspension.
When we’ve seen a flurry of dirty hits over the past couple months in hockey, seeing a guy go off on a stretcher as a result of a controversial hit is always going to strike a chord with some people.
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