The National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety has handed down a number of suspensions this season and many fans have struggled to ifnd consistency in their rulings, this case won't be helping anyone.
First to the breaking news, the league has announced that Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie will be assessed a $5,000 fine, the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement, for his crosscheck to the neck of Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang,
While the discipline itself isn't particularly surprising, the choice of punishment seems a little odd given another recent ruling by the people making the decisions at Player Safety.
Just 18 hours ago John Larsson of the Buffalo Sabres received a two-game suspension, despite having no prior history, for a crosscheck to Florida Panthers' forward Vincent Trocheck that appeared quite similar. In fact in Larsson's case the primary point of contact was Trocheck's shoulder, and the stick simply rode up the pad to hit Trocheck in the face.
This just appears to be the latest inconsistent ruling from NHL officials, and one that we likely won't be getting an explanation for anytime soon.