It has been bought to my attention that a little bit of clarification on the suspension system would be a good idea. Mainly how the hell did I come up with the points to get the game total.
It is pretty simple, a worse case scenario for a player would be to be on their 4th suspension and hit all the extreme markers. So we are looking at a pretty blatant hit. It would be something like the Cooke hit on Savard that ended Savard's career. With Matt Cooke's history up to that point it would have been considered a 4th offense and well he would have got a full 82 games. It is of little comfort for Savard who's career is over, but being suspended for for a full year would leave Cooke short a full year of wages and the Penguins would be short his cap space.
Example: Matt Cooke
So then you have the first deplorable hit to the head of a players career. You know the brain snap, totally out of character, however the person has a perfect record. You cannot let that clean record change the suspension for the action. This hits all the key points, elbow out, looking for the head with the elbow, puck nowhere to be seen, and extreme contact to the head. Due to it being the first suspendable hit, it only gets 14 games. Hopefully missing 14 games will stop that rush of blood happening again and we wont see that 1st offender be a 2nd offender.
Then there is boarding, first suspension, straight in the numbers, the shoulder is straight to the back, no intent to do anything other than plaster that player into the glass, all intent is to do damage. Even at that point, you still only see 11 games. 1st offense really does get it easy, this kind of hit is one that can really put a player out for a long time.
Same kind of hit but it is the 2nd offense, you can see that you go and miss over a quarter of the season, the only difference from the previous example is it's the players 2nd offense. It's that simple, repeat and you are punished. If a player was silly enough to do both this offense and one prior, well that is 36 games the have missed in the one year. That is a large chunck of chang too.... Hit the players in the hip pocket, it seems like it is the only stimuli the players adjust to.
Finally there is the low bridge to the knee. This is one of those hits that is the most objective out of all the hits laid out in hockey. I honestly don't think a player goes after another players knees. However what makes me think that players go after another players head, it does happen. So this is a worse case scenario of a hip check that went wrong for a player with the puck close. However the hitter has obviously extended his hip out to clip the player going past and it is low and all knee. There is no other way to look at it as a predatory hit, it sucks but the player either lets the skater go past free, or creates an illegal dangerous hit on a players knee.
Hopefully this simplifies the system some what because you can see where the numbers come from. Basically to miss a full season you need to rack up 12962.5 points, that is a full 82 game suspension. As a player you really do need to be a repeat offender to miss substantial time, the idea of this system is to sting a player once for more than what they have previously, hoping that the loss of ice and pay will make them think about changing their action.
Honestly the NHL really needs to have a distinct change in player action on the ice to avoid a class action in the next 20 years.
As I was writing this Burrows gave Emelin a great shot to the head, I will be very interested to see if the Department has a look at it. The puck was miles away and for me on the few looks I got, it looked like it was contact to the head first. Emelin was in an awkward position, so it is up to the hitter to hit correctly, for me it didn't look like Burrows did.