You can read today's column here.
Why are the idiot bloggers the only ones who saw this hit for what it was??? Low and dirty...a clipping penalty.
Also, they showed the low view in repaly after the fight replay's and it clearly showed the hip to knee contact... Thats why message boards everywhere have seen a frenzy of activity since saturday...
Intent or not, it was a dirty play and now there is no retribution for a player lost for the season on an illegal hit...
I thought it was very telling that Auger came out in the paper and said that Gens stepped over the line and violated an unwritten rule of the game by hitting him that low. These things have a way of working themselves out on the field of play. Just like in the NLCS when the guy got intentionally hit with a pitch the game after he slid a little too hard into second base.
I'm sure that the Komets will send the message on the ice during their future games with Evansville. I know that some of you will say that we already dealt with this when Hayes went after Gens. I take my hat off to him for standing up, but wrapping him up and pushing him to the ice doesn't exactly do it for me. This is why we have guys like Henley. In my opinion, it is time for him to step up and take care of things like this. Henley is a good defensemen, and I have never been a fight monger, but part of his role is to be our heavyweight enforcer to send messages in instances like this.
I think we all remember what happened last year when Al came out in the press and said the when other teams take liberties with our guys, that we leave the policing up to the league. Yeah, the league never did a darn thing. The rest of the year, including the playoffs, saw vicious cheap shots and hits from behind being delivered to our point scoring forwards. It still turns my stomache to think of the cheap shots that Smith absorbed last year because teams knew that we would not retaliate. The ECHL apparently isn't going to police these type of hits either, so we better start doing it ourselves. Again, not saying to go out an intentionally hurt someone but if they are going to hit our skill guys, then we better be finishing every check on theirs. We need to be sending guys like Robinson flying in the air with legal open ice checks when the opportunity presents itself. That is how hockey is played.
I apologize for how long this post is, but it is getting very frustrating to see the same scenario play out over and over again with other teams taking liberties with our guys.