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Hey John Scott critics, NHL already missed boat on Patrick Kaleta

The NHL missed its chance to make the big statement everybody seems to want now for hits to the...

The NHL missed its chance to make the big statement everybody seems to want now for hits to the head when it went light on John Scott's teammate, Patrick Kaleta. (Ben Pelosse/QMI Agency/Files)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:48 PM ET

Sorry, everybody who wants Buffalo Sabres tough guy John Scott made an example of, run out the NHL on a rail after he's been drawn and quartered and tarred and feathered.

The NHL missed its chance to make the big statement everybody seems to want now when it went light on Scott's miscreant teammate, Patrick Kaleta.

Kaleta got 10 games for his hit to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Jack Johnson, mostly due to his previous stupidity, and if there was a chance to try and make a heavy ban stick through the inevitable appeal process, that was the one.

Scott is an easy target for the folks who are blending the anti-fighting and targeting-the-head arguments, ignoring the fact this is the first time Scott has gone off the rails with this type of hit.


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