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Brennan: Isn’t the NHL supposed to more concerned for players’ safety these days?

For an unintentional head hit in which he tried to put shoulder to chest, the Ottawa Senators’ Mark Borowiecki was suspended three games and fined close to $20,000.

For tracking an opponent half the length of the ice, putting him down with a bodycheck when he hadn’t touched the puck, then jumping on the guy, who is 40 pounds lighter, and throwing a hard, gloved right hand to his head, the Edmonton Oilers’ Milan Lucic was fined $10,000 and given no suspension.

What Lucic did to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Mathieu Joseph on Tuesday night wasn’t quite as severe but along the lines of Todd Bertuzzi’s attack on Steve Moore 14 years ago, minus the injuries to the victim. And Bertuzzi’s suspension covered almost a year-and-a-half, while he was also charged and sued.

And in today’s cleaned-up NHL, the Oilers’ big man received less than a slap on the wrist.

“I told the guys I’m going to be stoic on this issue, so that should be comment enough,” Borowiecki said Thursday morning when asked about the Department of Player Safety’s ruling on Lucic.

Borowiecki was handed the three-game penalty for an illegal check to the head of Vegas Golden Knights forward Cody Eakin in the first meeting between the teams this season.

“I’m sure it would have been a lot more, probably a suspension, if the hit was a little harder and maybe (Lucic) took his gloves off,” forward Ryan Reaves said before his Golden Knights took on the Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday night. “I’m sure Looch was just trying to send a message and I’m sure he knew there was going to be repercussions. Obviously something fired him up that he thought he had to go after him.”

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Author: Don Brennan

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