“You have to assume they [the league] did their homework and came to that decision for the right reason,” Bowman said in regards to the eight game suspension. “We’re going to move forward from that.”
Seabrook missed Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings and the Hawks could not say whether it would be a short- or long-term injury.
Bowman doesn’t believe it’s the league’s job to change the game of hockey to prevent injuries like the ones that occurred in back-to-back games to Seabrook and fellow defenseman Brian Campbell.
“It seems like there has been a lack of respect for each other [among the players] and to me that’s the bigger thing,” Bowman said. “Ultimately, the players are the ones who control these events. The league is here to deal with them once they happen. In terms of stopping them, we need to get a little bit of respect back in the game from player to player.”
Both Quenneville and Bowman don’t believe the Hawks need tougher players or were lacking in their response to the incidents of the past few days.
“Getting even is playing hard and playing within the rules,” Quenneville said. “I think they are isolated incidents … It happens in back-to-back games, it gets a little more scrutiny and little more attention.”
“It would be one thing if these were legal plays, but as you see, these guys are getting suspended because they are illegal plays,” Bowman said. “There’s not much you can do to prevent that. It doesn’t matter what type of lineup you dress.”
As for the officiating on Wednesday night, Bowman says the only thing you can do is accept it and move on.
“I talked to the league about the game last [Wednesday] night,” Bowman said. “I’m not going to get into what they said. It’s tough. Just like we don’t play great every night, sometimes the refs don’t have a great night. That happens sometimes. We can’t focus on that. We can’t control that. It will even out over the course of the year.”
Bowman says the Hawks are “getting closer” to playing the style that had them rolling earlier this season. He feels the trades he made for depth on defense will eventually come in handy.