Sunday, September 30

Rypien Hit

Thanks again to 'sexy randal' for the video. I'll tell you why I disagree with your comments in the prior thread.

First, it was a charging penalty. That was the call on the ice. It would have been a charging penalty regardless of whether Roy was injured. The idiot was skating a hundred miles an hour from his own blueline.

Second, every NHL player knows that when there is a 50-50 play and a guy has his back to you, you can't put him through the boards. But since Rypien isn't an NHL player he doesn't actually know bad. Even Rypien himself (and the announcers on the video) said he should have pulled up. Was Roy his own worst enemy on the play? Yeah. But is it his fault? No.

Once again it comes down to respect. There's a difference between making a solid hit to separate a guy from the puck - which is the purpose of checking, lest we forget - and trying to murder someone. These are hits to hurt, and invariably it's always perpetrated by some young 'energy' guy, who has been in the league for 8 seconds and doesn't understand the respect factor.

I'm curious to know what other people think.


Greener said...

I'm with you on this.

Sexy Randal said...

Well let's not forget something here. This is the first year of the new RBK fukin' omg x-treme jerseys! These kids haven't adjusted to the extra 10% speed boost they're getting from them. They start moving and they just can't stop! It's nobody's fault.

I'm pretty sure I stole that joke from another site.

I do still stand by my original statement that, while it was an excessive hit by Rypien (I don't disagree with the charging call), it turned into an dangerous hit when Roy turned at the last minute. It might not be Roy's fault, but it isn't Rypien's fault either.

Has there been any word on Roy at this point?

Moose said...

funny, none the less...i heard he was okay (movement wise) and the stretcher was precautionary because he complained of neck pain on the ice...still not sure on whether he has a concussion or not.