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Morning Skate: Suspensions Here, Suspensions There

Dan Pennucci

Dan Pennucci

Dan Pennucci has covered hockey for Rotowire since 2002 and is the author of Blue Line Buzz since 2011 as well as being the co-author of Morning Skate. He also is a contributor to Talking Red, a New Jersey Devils blog and podcast. He is an English teacher and formerly wrote for The Coast Star in Manasquan, New Jersey where he and his sports section won several New Jersey Press Association awards. Dan Pennucci is a supporter of the New Jersey Devils, Washington Nationals and Chelsea FC. He's attended sporting events in six countries.

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.

From: Dan Pennucci
To: Janet Eagleson
Sent: Tuesday, December 10
Subject: Suspensions here, suspensions there

I've steered clear of some of the usual hockey radio shows and blogs I read the last few days simply because I'm tired of reading about dirty hits and suspensions.

Shawn Thornton's behavior was reprehensible on Saturday, but the knee James Neal delivered to Brad Marchand was filthy, almost worse than Thornton's assault on Brooks Orpik (who's no Boy Scout, but he was a victim there). Then you throw in Dion Phaneuf's hit against Boston's Kevan Miller on Sunday evening (note David Clarkson's slash on Miller before the hit) and we have the makings of several days worth of fodder for the NHL media about how the game is getting too violent or violation of "the code" or whether to suspend a player based on their injury.

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