Mailbag: Carlyle taking fire in Anaheim

Updated: November 3, 2009, 3:37 PM ET
By E.J. Hradek

It's Election Day. So, if you're old enough and eligible, get to the polls. I know this isn't a sexy Presidential election like last year. Still, there are a lot of important issues that will be decided by the men and women you choose to vote for. And if you don't vote, you forfeit your right to complain.

Speaking of campaigns, the league's incumbent Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins will take their attempt for another term with the Cup to the West Coast to begin a four-game road swing against the Ducks in Anaheim. Right now, I'd have to give the Pens my vote for best team through the first month of the season.

But as is fitting for Election Day, it's time for the people's voice to be heard. Here's this week's mailbag.

The league suspends Anaheim Ducks players James Wisniewski and Evgeny Artyukhin, but lets Mike Richards and Alex Ovechkin slide. So, who knows what will happen with Andrew Ladd for his hit on Matt D'Agostini. Unlike the two Ducks, Ladd plays for a big market team, so he has that going for him. But it was against the Montreal Canadians, so that might hurt him. -- Ian Chin, Irvine, Calif.

Ian, I think you speak for many fans when you wonder about the consistency -- or lack thereof -- when it comes to the sometimes random way the league dispenses its supplemental discipline. I believe it's a tough job and the men who handle it work diligently to get it right. Still, I'd love to see more consistency from case to case. And I'd like to think that the result of an act (an injury) wouldn't determine whether or not a player gets suspended. For me, Ladd's hit should earn him a suspension. The NHL has until Thursday (when the Hawks play again) to make a final decision. Stay tuned.