PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Former New Jersey Devil, and current NHL radio analyst, Bobby Holik joined the Fan Morning Show on Monday.
We start by talking about the Erik Nystrom hit on Kris Letang. Bobby looks at the hit objectively saying that he can understand that Letang was trying to make a skilled play and chip the puck around Nystrom to get out of the zone. However, he says, Letang could have lowered his shoulder and absorbed the check and would not have been hurt.
Nystrom, on the other hand could have tried harder to play the puck, Holik says. But, he is a role player, and if he missed the puck, he might have not seen another shift in the game.
Holik calls it a hockey play, and it wasn’t a dirty hit. But, he says the game has to change to give the skilled players like Letang and Sidney Crosby more space on the ice to make plays by enlarging the ice surface.
Many who follow the game would like to see the NHL ban headshots completely. But, Bobby says that is mostly media rustling, and the people around the league seem to have no intentions of changing the rules.