Sunday, May 06, 2012

Rostislav Klesla suspended one game.

Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla was suspended one game by the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety for this hit on Nashville Predators forward Matt Halischuk.

While I don't have a problem with the suspension per se and Klesla is a repeat offender that has been suspended in the past for a clipping infraction; it does seem that the NHL is picking and choosing the players that it wants to suspend - the NHL has no qualms about suspending a third or fourth line player - or suspending a fifth or sixth defenseman, however, the NHL doesn't want to suspended a star player when they commit an egregious act and I can think of a few hits or infractions from star players that could have been dealt with in a more punitive manner.
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