Niskanen should receive an excused absence (autographed by the league's Player Safety department) for the remainder of the Capitals' best-of-seven series against the Penguins. Though, based only by his previous behavior towards Crosby — in Games 1 and 2 of this series, but also Games 1 through 6 of Round 2 a year ago, and dating to his pre-Penguins tenure with the Dallas Stars — Niskanen cannot be rationally considered to have lacked intent to injure.
While playing with the Penguins, Niskanen was a sneaky, borderline dirty player.
Skateboarding great Danny Way joins them, and they stop along the way for some shredding.
The hockey world was damaged Monday night when the only hockey player most Americans know (Sidney Crosby) was driven from hockey's grandest stage by a crosscheck from Matt Niskanen.
These days, he has opted to skate across that border.
For Player Safety not to look at Niskanen's history against Crosby would be the height of credulity.
With no due respect intended to people who saw it differently, Niskanen's action was deserving of its punishment. It was a small price to pay considering Crosby also didn't finish a fairly significant hockey match.
Alas, the NHL being the NHL, credulity's peak is limitless.
Which is exactly why the NHL could — and should — throw the book at Ovechkin, who skated freely despite playing a big role in Crosby's injury.
Both Droors and DC were founded with the involvement of highly regarded skateboarder Danny Way and, in the lead-up period for the release of the 2012 Way documentary Waiting For Lightning, Dyrdek revealed: "I swear to you ...
that I was on DC for, like, two years before Danny [Way] finally knew who I was ... " Dyrdek first starred in the MTV reality series, Rob & Big (aired November 2006 to April 2008), with his best friend and bodyguard Christopher "Big Black" Boykin, as well as his cousin, Chris "Drama" Pfaff and friend Rashawn "Bam Bam" Davis.