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Frozen Fantasy: The NHL's Area 51

Janet Eagleson

Janet Eagleson

Janet Eagleson is a four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

Area 51 exists...even the CIA says so. But it's not in Nevada - it's in New York and the center of it lies squarely inside the NHL's Department of Player Safety.

Common sense seems least when it comes to suspensions.

So far, that department has already handed out 51 games as suspensions. Fourteen guys have been suspended. John Scott will make that 15.

But is anybody really "getting it" on either side?

The NHL's - or should I say, Brendan Shanahan's - idea of a "significant suspension" is five games. Seriously? Their approach to determining the length of suspensions fuels conspiracy theorists across the league.

Intent or none? Injury or not? Repeat offender? C''s almost Roswellian.

Then we have the players themselves. They clearly aren't getting it either. None of the five or even 10-game suspensions already handed down have acted as a sock for the stupidity that's been happening on the ice.

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