Corey Perry Should Be Hearing from Brendan Shanahan After This Headshot on Jason Zucker (Video)
Over the last several years, the NHL has really been trying to reduce the number of serious head injuries by reviewing dangerous plays and doling out lengthy suspensions. The process has been far from perfect, obviously, with a lot of questionable plays going unpunished. But at least they’re doing something, and NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan even makes helpful little videos explaining the league’s decisions on all suspensions and non-suspensions.
Why do I bring all this up? Because last night in Minnesota there was a hit that will test how well the system is working.
Halfway through the second period of the game between Minnesota and Anaheim, the Duck’s Corey Perry leveled the Wild’s Jason Zucker. Now, on the one hand, Zucker was definitely watching his pass and not paying attention to where he was going. If he was, he might have been able to brace himself for the hit from Perry. On the other hand, just because a guy has his head down, that doesn’t give you the right to hit him without mercy. Moreover, it certainly looks like Perry targeted the head.
Take a look for yourself:
I suppose you could defend Perry by suggesting that there was no evidence that he targeted the head, and that the contact was incidental. But frankly, that seems like a stretch. If the NHL doesn’t hit Perry with a suspension here, then what kind of message is that sending?