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NHL Department of Player Safety Accused of Biased Decision-Making

Published January 27, 2024 at 3:47 PM

In a bombshell revelation, NHL fans are questioning the fairness of the Department of Player Safety's decisions on suspensions.

Take Brendan Gallagher's brutal hit on Adam Pelech during the Montreal Canadiens' 4-3 win against the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

Despite the severity of the incident, fans were stunned to hear that Gallagher would only face a maximum of 5 games on the sidelines.

Cue the uproar over what many see as a pattern of inconsistent and biased rulings from the league's disciplinary body.

Controversial Calls: Fans Question NHL's Player Safety in Gallagher-Pelech Incident:

A report by Jeff Veillette shed light on the unequal distribution of suspensions among teams, with the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs topping the list.

DOPS talk made me curious as to who have been the most suspended teams in the Parros era (17/18 to Pres) - On-ice suspensions only - Automatics don't count - Original rulings, not appeals - Regular Season + Playoffs.

Parros' Past: Examining Alleged Influences on NHL's Disciplinary Decisions:

The Habs' two most prominent rivals at the top sparked speculation about the possible influences behind these numbers, especially considering that George Parros, the head of the Department, formerly played for the Montreal Canadiens and had a history of physical play.

The glaring inconsistency was further highlighted by Jason Spezza's hit on the Winnipeg Jets, which resulted in a 6-game suspension for the first-time offender, despite his hit being less severe than Gallagher's direct headshot.

With doubts now swirling about the Department of Player Safety's impartiality, fans are eagerly anticipating whether this scrutiny will lead to any changes in how suspensions are handed out in the future.
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NHL Department of Player Safety Accused of Biased Decision-Making

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