Steve Downie Receives 20 Game Suspension
Steve Downie of The Philadelphia Flyers received a massive suspension for a hit that would most likely would have been a maximum of 5 or even 10 games last season and 1-3 games in previous seasons. He did everything wrong, but I have seen similar hits receiving no supsnesions, such as Cam Janssen and Tomas Kaberle last year. I think this penalty is too harsh and was expecting 5 games. If the NHL suspends Downie for twenty games, maybe they should hand out similar suspensions for most hits to the head. This penalty will not deter this type of play, especially from the energy players and hard hitting power fowards. Any thoughts? By the way, he still can play in the AHL and come back after 20 games.