Daily Poll: Randy Carlyle, Joffrey Lupul, and playing the game hard
I'd go with option two...
Sure, things have changed in "today's world" regarding concussions and protocols, but I remember hockey quite differently…
I’ve been waiting for a Leafs coach who harkens back to the good olde days of hockey – you know, before the NHL went all squeamish about the ice being a battle ground.
For example, a blindside hit, as I remember it, is catching a player with his head down – a tap on the back from your coach on the bench. Not a penalty.
If the player hit gets concussed, well, he should have had
his head up. If said player is a star, and now he’s out for, say, a playoff
round, well there’s another tap on the back, as I remember it. As long as the guy's OK, of course.
And the player who got his clock cleaned? I remember him getting to the bench, squirting water on his face and getting back on the ice to score the GWG.
This type of culture is dying, at least publicly. I’m sure Randy Carlyle’s tough guy hockey philosophy, play through any injury mantra, is alive and well in some dressing rooms.
Go Leafs Go. Cheers.