I just watched Chris Simon lay one out on an Ryan Hollweg, with a baseball swing of his stick to the face. Hollweg seems like he'll live, but this one looks worse than the Marty McSorley hit job on Donald Brashear a few years back.
Having watched the posted video of a CBC interview with Steve Moore on Mirtle's site, I wonder why Simon likely won't get suspended for the rest of the season for this (usually, it takes some sort of massive brain trauma to warrant much attention). As with the Bertuzzi incident, people are always willing to chalk up on-ice aggravated assault to the "heat of the moment" and give the assailant the benefit of the doubt. I see nothing of the sort in either attack, as is often the case in serious cases like this. (Obviously, I'm not a big fan of the length of Bertuzzi's suspension, either, nor his ultimately pointless inclusion on the Canadian Olympic Team. He's also an idiot.)
It's high time that the league suspends a player based on his intent to injure, and not just severity of the injury.
Kris Russell, A Molehill.
2 weeks ago