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article imageOp-Ed: Hockey dinosaur Brian Burke compares NHL headshots to rain

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By Marcus Hondro     Apr 19, 2012 in Sports
Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke weighed in on the headshot parade that is the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs and seems to think it's much ado about nothing. Or of no more consequence than rain at a famous 1967 music festival.
"This is like people complaining about the rain at Woodstock," Burke said about all the headshots and suspensions being handed out. "Yes, there was lots of mud, but it was the greatest music gathering in history."
Burke didn't note rain comes from nature while headshots come courtesy of a league that sanctions them by not doling out adequate penalties (e.g. Predator Shea Weber's $2500 fine for ramming Henrik Zetterberg's head into the plexiglass, Ranger Carl Hagelin's 3 games for intentionally concussing Ottawa Senator Daniel Alfredsson). Nor did he compare results: needless concussions for the hockey players (Alfredsson's missed two games and could be done for the season) while music fans at Woodstock had to endure getting their clothes wet.
Brian Burke: NHL playoffs "awesome"
Burke, whose Maple Leafs haven't made the playoffs in the four years he's been at the helm, did mention that what he is seeing in the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs is "great hockey" which he described as "awesome." That's something most fans will agree with.
However, these playoffs would be far more 'awesome' if players didn't take liberties with their opponents health and we had Alfredsson, Marion Hossa and others who are out with concussions, still on the ice instead of in the infirmary.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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