Friday, April 20, 2007

Over The Hill

The pressure to be at your best game in any league can do silly things to your sense of moral correctness. While I can understand why Islander Sean Hill may have taken preformance enhancing drugs, I can not understand why a 16 year veteran would put his career in jeopardy and leave his teammates hanging when they may have needed him most.

For that he will not be forgiven easily by management or his teammates or with fans. With free agency looming, his price has drastically dropped and it will be interesting to see if any team picks up the tough defensemen. He could retire too and that might clean everyone of this incident. How likely is that?

The NHL has been able to avoid the enhancing drug land-mine field until now. While other big stars have been caught with less in other leagues, the NHL has always been able to get by with knowing that they really didn't have that problem. But if Hill is taking this, who else is? How often are stars like Alex Ovechkin and Sid "the Kid" Crosby tested?

Sean Hill will have to do one hell of a PR job to save his career.

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