James Wisniewski's "Best Game" Gets 8-Game Suspension

We haven't touched on the whole James Wisniewski - Brent Seabrook hit much here, partially because I was having too much fun thinking about quotes from Major League, and partially because I didn't think there was too much to discuss. Pretty much everyone's in agreement -- Wisniewski attacked a guy without the puck, left his feet, and led with his elbow. It's so far beyond "not a hockey play" that any sort of justification about an earlier hit on Corey Perry is silly.

Word has come down that Wisniewski will be suspended for eight games. That's a pretty good length, especially considering the NHL's wishy washy standards. For comparison, Owen Nolan got 11 games for trying to decapitate Grant Marshall with his elbow back in 2001 -- the difference here is that Wisniewski was attacking during play, whereas Nolan struck Marshall on his way back to the bench.

What amazes me, perhaps more than anything else, is Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle is sticking up for Wisniewski:

"Wisniewski had two fights tonight. He probably was the first star in our mind. This was probably his best game as a Duck."

Ok, look, I understand that you gotta stick up for your guy and tow the party line. But wouldn't something like "Wisniewski was emotional after Chicago took out Corey Perry and perhaps he took it too far. We don't want anyone to get hurt." be a little more appropriate? Good on Bill Guerin, who stood up for what was right rather than towing the party line after the Matt Cooke incident. At some point, the bigger picture has to come into play. At some point, everyone in the league has to come to his senses and realize that some things go beyond team loyalty.

You'd like to think so, at least.

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