Finally, the NHL is taking advice from yours truly.
So far this season, according to ESPN, the Broad Street Bullies are back with these stats:
52 games lost to suspension by five different players for:
• Shots and checks to the head
• Hits to the face or face-first boarding attacks
• High hits to the head
Another dangerous strike, another deliberate blow to the head of an opponent and more than just a player will be a suspended. The NHL is prepared to take severe discipline against the franchise, such as a hefty fine, if another Flyer needs to be punished again for an illegal hit.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and disciplinarian Colin Campbell told Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren on Monday that five suspension-worthy incidents are plenty.
"One or two things can happen, even three, but five? Gary and I felt it was time to address it with Paul and say, 'You have to address this with your players, with your team.'" Campbell said by phone from Toronto.