Niklas Kronwall won't be suspended for his hit on Charlie Coyle. This is the right decision. Kronwall's shoulder makes some contact with Coyle's head, but...
48.1 Illegal Check to the Head – A hit resulting in contact with an opponent's head where the head is targeted and the principal point of contact is not permitted. However, in determining whether such a hit should have been permitted, the circumstances of the hit, including whether the opponent put himself in a vulnerable position immediately prior to or simultaneously with the hit or the head contact on an otherwise legal body check was avoidable, can be considered.
We'll break that down after the jump:
"... where the head is targeted and the principal point of contact." The principal point of contact on Kronwall's hit was Coyle's shoulder. The principal point of your focus might be Coyle's head, but that's not where he took the brunt of Kronwall's shoulder.
At this point we don't have to go on because the hit has already been determined to be clean, but just for fun, let's move on.
"However, in determining whether such a hit should have been permitted, the circumstances of the hit, including whether the opponent put himself in a vulnerable position..." Coyle had his head down just like Voracek did last year. Now I'm not going to sit here and say that guys who have their heads down deserve to get hurt, but if Coyle is looking up, Kronwall doesn't go after him.
It's the right call based on the rules. If you don't like it, follow the NFL.
I thought it was a clean hit. he didn't go for the head and players must keep their heads up and be prepared to contact.
If anything I thought he would get in trouble for leaving his feet. I know impact causes players to lift but Knonner always explodes into the hit and if he does too early his feet come up. This hit was just like the Kesler hit where he explodes up into the hit at just the right time to make it look like he jumps. This is the right call in my opinion. I would hate to play games without Nik Jr.