Monday, April 16, 2007

Is Colby Armstrong A Dirty Hitter?

Don at BoO thinks so, but I'll let you be the judge.

Here's his hit on Patrick Eaves from last night:

For some more of Colby's handiwork (lots of YouTuberrific goodness), head over to The FanHouse, but be sure to let us know - is Colby Armstrong a dirty hitter?


Marky Narc said...

Reputation precedes itself. If enough players get the notion that he's a dirty hitter, then he is. Bryan Marchment used to make hits of questionable legality with alarming frequency. Armstrong is going down the same path.

Every Armstrong hit in these videos look like potential charging penalties. Whether a player's head is up or down doesn't matter; a charge is still a charge.

Rage said...

I think the hit, on it's own, is not that dirty. Brutal to be sure, and he did raise his shoulder/get on his toes. But it wasn't like the hit on Kaberle.

false_cause said...

I judge it a clean hit. It's just the worst case of what happens when you skate with your head down.

JP said...

I tend to agree that it's a clean hit, but if you click through to the FanHouse link and watch those other hits, there's no question Colby's a headhunter.

false_cause said...

There's no doubt he looks for chances to lay a big hit and he's good at getting it done. Of those clips, I think the last one is the most questionable; truly a blindside shot.

As long as a guy keeps his hits clean, I think those shots are part of hockey. Maybe he needs to get some comeuppance to learn to take it down a notch, but I'm not sure he needs to be suspended, etc.