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Bolts' Malone not suspended for hit on Campoli

Posted on: October 3, 2011 5:32 pm
Edited on: October 3, 2011 9:03 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

Ryan Malone of the Tampa Bay Lightning has escaped the Shanaban from Brendan Shanahan.

The forward's hit in question occurred in a game against the Canadiens' Chris Campoli where the principal point of contact was the head. However, Shanahan concluded no punishment is forthcoming, saying this was his "most difficult [decision] to date."

Here is Shanahan's video detailing the ruling.

Now here's Shanahan's explanation given to NHL.com as to why Malone won't be sidelined for those who can't listen to the video.

“We felt that this hit was the most challenging one so far in this preseason for the Department of Player Safety to evaluate,” Shanahan said. “In the end, we felt that Malone had committed to the hit when Campoli was upright. However, when the contact was made, Campoli's head position significantly changed just prior to the hit.

"There are elements about the hit that we don't like -- specifically, the principal point of contact being the head and that it was not a full-body check. But the overriding factor in our judgment was that Campoli's loss of the puck and subsequent bending forward for it just prior contributed significantly, if not entirely, to those elements."

Count Campoli among the surprised at Shanahan's ruling.

"Somewhat surprised I guess. Haven't heard officially but if that's the case I'm surprised."

I think this ruling gives hope to a lot of people out there afraid the NHL is going too far. It shows that Shanahan and crew are taking a very close look at each play and trying not to take the hitting out of the game, something a lot of people are afraid will happen. By doing this, it shows it will be more than knee-jerk reactions to game misconducts.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 5:49 pm
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Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 11:49 am
 

Bolts' Malone not suspended for hit on Campoli

It going to be a long year, having Shanahan have to make a video and try to explain why one hit is legal and one is not.  The NHL can't have it both ways, if principal head contact is a match penalty, suspension, and fine then they all should be.  I my estimation this his was just as bad or worse than the Red Wings hit that resulted in an 8 game ban.  I'm not defending head contact; though I think if you can see a hit coming and can't avoid it the responsibility is on the player getting hit, something needs to be done.  If I were a player at this level I would be confused by the lack of consistency.  Until they come up with a consistent call players will continue to target the head because they know its a coin flip to see if they will get suspended.  Nice job NHL.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 4:41 am
 

Bolts' Malone not suspended for hit on Campoli

Hab fans are no different than any other team's and I didn't post here to get in a pissing match about what team or fans are better. I was simply correcting a misused point - one you didn't even deny. I'll ignore your "reality" and carry on with my day quite nicely.



Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: October 5, 2011 1:56 am
 

Bolts' Malone not suspended for hit on Campoli

Habs fans make themselves look bad, they need no help from Chara or the police. Just read through these posts, you might get hit with a dose of harsh reality. Just make sure to keep your head up, because it will be nobodies fault but your own :)



Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: October 4, 2011 7:43 pm
 

Bolts' Malone not suspended for hit on Campoli

is the NHL looking to see if the player gets hurt during the play before they think about a suspension? if Campoli was left unconcious does that get 2 games,4 or 6. Malones shoulder/elbow makes a upward motion...that in itself should mean that his intent was to hit his head. i watched the game on tv and as soon as the hit happened i thought Campoli was out. shocked this one was not deemed serious



Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:37 pm
 

Bolts' Malone not suspended for hit on Campoli

 I'm sure he also puts the player's character in account while making his descision. With suspension, you will always have two sides to contend with (people in pittsburgh still don't agree with Moore's suspension.) I give it to Shanny for taking such an unrewarding job (in regards to the media)

I have no clue what Moore suspension you are talking about.



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 12:48 pm
 

Bolts' Malone not suspended for hit on Campoli

I was thinking the same thing.  This hit is no different than the Boyes hit earlier in the preseason.  For Shanahan to choose this hit as an example of a player lowering his head before he gets hits has the reek of collusion.  I would hope that this isn't the case but if a player gets the penalty for an elbow to the head, I could see a pending suspension much easier.  Many of these hits that Shanahan is placing discipline on are not even drawing the penalty.

Whatever Brendan Shanahan.


 



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:53 am
 

Bolts' Malone not suspended for hit on Campoli

Meanwhile James Wisniewski gets the rest of the preseason and 8 regular season games for his "hit" on Cal Clutterbuck, who didn't even get hurt by the way.  shanahans a joke, wouldn't be surprised if he loses his job in a year. 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:02 am
 

Bolts' Malone not suspended for hit on Campoli

Holy jesus that last post is just messed up. Meant to quote a previous post, not myself.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:59 am
 

Bolts' Malone not suspended for hit on Campoli

To be clear, the fans never called to see police action on Chara and it's about time people stopped trying to use that misinformation to paint Habs fans in a negative light. If you had bothered to actually read any of the stories rather than skim them for your own superficial satisfaction, a Quebec politician took it upon himslef to initiate the process and the police had no choice but to follow through. Most Habs fans are just embarassed about that part of it, so nice try, but...
To be clear on something, most Habs fans never wanted to see police action in the Chara case and it's about time people stopped using that instance to make Habs fans look bad. Had you bothered to read any of the articles beyond the superficial you would know that it was a Quebec politician who essentially abused his position by calling for an inquest and the police had no choice but to follow thorugh. The reality is that Hab fans are just embarassed by that part of the whole situation.


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