Headshot on Franzen – Legal?

So as noted below, Versus didn’t show a single damn replay of the hit on Franzen last night.  Thankfully, FSN did their job and actually showed us what happened in the game we were watching, rather than a promo for the latest show that will fail on their network.



So, some people over at KK have been calling this a shoulder to shoulder hit.  Nope.  Definitely a hit to the head.

You can clearly tell by the fact that Franzen’s body doesn’t move whatsoever in the two frames, but his head is jerked back.

So headshot – Check.

Illegal Headshot?

Still, is this the type of headshot the NHL was trying to cut back on?

The rule prohibits “lateral, back-pressure or blindside hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principal point of contact.”

Well the head is targeted and the principle point of contact.  However, I don’t think I would call this a lateral, back-pressure or blindside hit.  He was looking away, but moving forward and Murray, the ugly POS that he is, came basically from directly in front of Franzen.

So I don’t think this qualifies under the new headshot rule.


Secondly, was this interference?

Under Rule 56 of the rulebook,”the player deemed in possession of the puck may be checked legally, provided the check is rendered immediately following his loss of possession.” I was always under the impression you had about a second and a half to hit the guy after he released the puck, but that isn’t really any actual knowledge.

From my best estimate, it was slightly less than a second after he released the puck.  It is close, but I believe it wasn’t interference either.


So in the end, I’d have to call the hit legal, though borderline.  The most frustrating thing about the hit is the fact that it was clearly dangerous, but not called, but multiple weak (pathetic, non-existent both work as well) hooks and holds were called consistently against the Wings.

The non-hockey folk running the league have caused the rulebook to become a confusion of what is and isn’t a call, something that the ref’s are unable (or unwilling) to sort out.

Thoughts?  Leave em in the comments.