The month of November was not exactly a banner one for the NHL as most of the attention was not on the ice. Two big incidents grabbed media and fans with both raising a number of questions. One of them has now been answered.
Terrible Omission From NHL Rule Book Exposed
The first major incident came a couple of weeks ago when it was revealed that Milan Lucic
of the Boston Bruins was taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team. It eventually came out that he had been charged with assault and battery after a 9-1-1 call made by his wife. Lucic has entered the NHL's Player Assistance program. Not long after, the Chicago Blackhawks announced they were terminating the contract of Corey Perry
following an incident involving a team staff member.
That left many wondering why Lucic was technically still employed by the Bruins, while Perry was essentially fired. Sara Civian explains Lucic wasn't fired because there's nothing in the NHL's rule book regarding domestic violence.
"Unfortunately the NHL is the only major league with no domestic violence policy. This is why Lucic's contract wasn't immediately terminated. It doesn't mean Perry did something 'worse,' and it's dangerous to assume that. "
NHL Policy Lacking on Domestic Violence Issues
So, as it stand right now, even if Lucic is found guilty of his charges (he has pleaded not guilty), there's nothing in the league's policy that says he HAS to have is contract terminated. The Bruins may choose to do so, but have leeway. It's probably not the best look for the NHL, or anyone involved.