October 30, 2009
Just when you thought the topic of head shots was about go away for a little while, Andrew Ladd(notes) of the Chicago Blackhawks delivered what ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers is calling "the biggest hit delivered in a Hawks game this season" to Montreal's Matt D'Agostini(notes) early in the first period of tonight's game. Ladd was given a five-minute major for elbowing, a game misconduct and a minor for roughing when he mixed it up with Kyle Chipchura(notes) during the aftermath.
See the hit and judge for yourself:
D'Agostini has not returned since the hit 3:48 into the game.
Like we saw last week after Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards(notes) hit David Booth(notes) of the Florida Panthers, Ladd did not leave his skates and his shoulder (not elbow) connected with D'Agostini's head as seen in this screencap:
The head shot debate is now back after a few quiet days and proponent for a head checking penalty, like former NHL'er Keith Primeau, will again make their voices heard. TSN's Darren Dreger reported on Thursday that Primeau may receive an invitation to next month's general manager meetings to discuss a possible head checking penalty.
As far as supplementary discipline for Ladd? If history is about to repeat itself, don't expect Ladd to be punished anymore than the $200 fine he'll receive for being ejected from the game. Then again, it is the NHL we're talking about, so guessing punishment in this situation would be a fool's game.