The lack of spine in the length of suspensions has finally been 'called out'.
I will say this in Rinaldo's defense, if Letang comes away with a concussion, it is not from Rinaldo's contact to Letangs body, it is from the contact of Letangs helmet on the glass.
Zac Rinaldo's post game comments show just how little impact the current activity of the Department of Player Safety has on players changing their on ice actions.
Rinaldo: "Yeah, I changed the whole game. Who knows what would have happened if I didn't do what I did?"— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) January 21, 2015
I will give Rinaldo credit, we often complain about hockey players being bland and sticking to the script. Rinaldo did not, and I have a feeling it is not going to help him with the Department of Player safety.
Rinaldo: "I hit him in the back of the shoulder. The power of my hit made his head hit the glass. I didn't hit him from behind."— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) January 21, 2015
Rinaldo: "More than likely I'm going to be suspended, yeah. He's a star player, my history, the fact that he got hurt didn't help."— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) January 21, 2015
Rinaldo joked his hit changed game . NHL wont see it that way and it will hurt him— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchCSN) January 21, 2015
A lack of bite from the Department of Player Safety gives Rinaldo no fear of monetary punishment, thus no need to change.
Why not run Letang? As Rinaldo said, the game changed because of the hit. I've said it before and I will say it again, the NHL is the only league I know who doesn't protect those that make the league its money.
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