Are We Really Going To Give Sidney Crosby The Grayson Allen Treatment Just Because Of The Result Of This Slash?
Your opinion on this play should boil down to one question and only question only - do you think Sidney Crosby is a goddamn ninja with the hand-eye of Mr. Miyagi and the pinpoint precision to smack a fly clean out of the air without looking? If not, then demanding supplemental discipline for a routine slash that happens 45 times a game is flat out ludicrous. I get it. The whack on the hands was completely unnecessary and the result couldn't have been more gruesome, but the only way you can claim this play was excessively malicious and worthy of suspension is by giving the person responsible for it a 'Lifetime Achievement Award'.
Sidney Crosby is definitely a dick, and you need not look further than his propensity to use his twig as a medieval castration tool to see that. That's why I don't fault people for paying extra close attention to his extra curricular stick work. I do, however, fault them for going above and beyond like Sidney Crosby attached a razor to his blade with the intent of making Marc Methot look like he was in bad debt to some worse people. The fact that 'The Kid' acted like one in trying to make Ryan O'Reilly choke on his testicles approximately 48 hours prior shouldn't weigh heavily on how you view something that every player does at least once a game. If you want to use it as ammo in the never-ending argument about how much of a bitch the best player in the league is then go right ahead. He definitely deserves it. Just know that even someone with the clout of Ottawa Senators' owner Eugene Melnyk loses the attention of anyone that knows the sport when he starts demanding everything short of a prison sentence for something that goes uncalled about 67% of the time...