NHL Analyst Calls a Player 'Rat' on Live TV

Julien Trekker
January 7, 2024  (1:31 PM)

Kevin Bieksa during a Hockey Night in Canada broadcast.
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Kevin Bieksa didn't held back when talking about Nick Cousins, one of the NHL's most controversial players. Bieksa made these comments following yet another incident where Cousins faces no consequences.

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On a recent Hockey Night in Canada broadcast, former NHL player Kevin Bieksa didn't mince words when he talked about Nick Cousins and his repeated dirty plays:
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"What people don't wanna watch and see is kneeing, hitting a guys head into the boards, ramming a guy from behind and that is a common theme for [Nick Cousins]. I have never done this before but I have to do it, because this is a trend with this player. There's no place in the game for this and what is the common theme in all of these? Him at the bottom of the pile in a turtle position. This has been a common theme with this player... somebody in that organization or somebody that he respects has to sit down and say 'Enough of this' or the NHL has to come down and hammer this guy. Somebody has to hammer this guy from the department of justice and put an end to these crappy hits because I hate them and that's a rat to me. I'm sorry it is."

Bieksa's comments were provoked by Cousins' recent hit on Coyotes defenseman Juuso Valimaki. Valimaki's teammate, Jason Zucker, retaliated with a hit on Cousins, resulting in a suspension for Zucker but nothing for Cousins.

Potential Solutions to Address Cousins' Behavior

Bieksa had two potential solutions to help Nick Cousins. The first suggestion was for someone Cousins respects—either a veteran teammate, coach, or the Panthers' general manager—to have a serious conversation with him and try to help him make better on-ice decisions.
The second solution Bieksa offered was for the NHL to impose a suspension on Cousins his repeated dangerous plays. While Cousins may not be specifically targeting players' heads, his reckless decisions pose a significant threat of injury to others.
Do you think Cousins should be suspended for his repeated offenses?
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NHL Analyst Calls a Player 'Rat' on Live TV

Do you think Cousins should be suspended for his repeated offenses?

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