The NHL postseason is emotional for players and fans alike. Players are so charged up and are giving everything they have. Off the ice, rabid fans are losing their voices in packed NHL arenas. The intensity is so high players are throwing their bodies around at full speed, which is why you see occasional dangerous and sometimes nasty hits. In the playoffs these incidents get amplified because of the possible impact. Nazem Kadri’s low check on Alex Ovechkin was the perfect example.
I believe this is the rule that Kadri should have been called under. pic.twitter.com/ZTIdsaD0dH
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) April 21, 2017
Many, including myself thought the hit was strategic and unjust. Watching it over and over left me furious with Kadri’s obvious motive.
@JRPothier Amazing how one cheap shot can change me from rooting for the underdog to the favorite
— michael dalsky (@rudy7799) April 22, 2017
So what do we do if players with a tainted reputation end up in Las Vegas? How can we root for dirty players that potentially suit up for the Golden Knights? Some players made mistakes and have cleaned up their acts and others continue to cheapshot. Let’s be glad Matt Cooke is out of the league.
Calvert’s name has made multiple mock drafts, including Fox Sports earlier this month.
If you didn’t know Calvert before the playoffs, I’m sure you do now.
Matt Calvert deserves a suspension for this hit. Absolutely classless. pic.twitter.com/KrsWqKIrqZ
— #burghproud (@taylastivka) April 15, 2017
His late attack on Tom Kuhnhackl was clearly malicious and deserved the suspension. Emotions got the better of him, but overall he’s not a repeat offender. Calvert is a decent NHL player and Vegas fans shouldn’t find it difficult to root for.