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No discipline for Sarich; Bouchard's upheld

Posted on: October 10, 2011 1:42 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 2:03 pm
 
By: Adam Gretz

There was some debate over the weekend as to whether or not Calgary Flames defenseman Cory Sarich would be suspended for a hit that left Penguins forward Matt Cooke dazed during Pittsburgh's 4-3 win on Saturday night. The immediate reaction, aside from the surprise that the discussion was taking place with Cooke being on the receiving end of such a hit, was that it would probably be viewed as a full body hit with little chance for any sort of discipline.

In the end, that is indeed what the NHL has determined, and Sarich will be available when the Flames travel to St. Louis on Monday afternoon to take on the Blues.

Gary Meagher, senior vice-president public relations and media, told Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun that Sarich's hit was considered a "full body check" and that even though there was some contact with the head, it was not the principal point of contact, nor was it targeted by Sarich.

The veteran defenseman insisted that he wasn't trying to do anything illegal when he delivered the hit, and also suggested that it was "embellished a little bit."

Meanwhile, Minnesota Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard filed an appeal on his two-game suspension for a stick-swinging incident against the Columbus Blue Jackets over the weeked. That suspension sent Boucard's agent, Allan Walsh, on an epic rant that was directed at Brendan Shanahan for running what Walsh called a "kangaroo court."

The appeal was heard by Gary Bettman Monday morning and was ultimately upheld, meaning Bouchard won't be able to return to the Wild lineup until Thursday when they host the Edmonton Oilers.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 3:46 pm
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Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 1:08 am
 

No discipline for Sarich; Bouchard's upheld

Shanahan needs to be firm,fair,and consistent when dishing out these suspensions.All i know is there is an awful lot of non hitting when watching these games lately.People dish out alot of coin to go to these games and are basically seeing a lack luster event as far as contact goes.I guess the player who want's to  inanitiate a hit does not quite know what will become of his actions.

 

 



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2011 7:20 pm
 

No discipline for Sarich; Bouchard's upheld

"... though there was some contact with the head, it was not the principal point of contact, nor was it targeted"
The spin begins.  Any thought that who was delivering and receiving the hit wouldn't factor into such a zero tolerance policy can be abandoned now.  Yet another toothless semi-enforced disciplinary policy.  Go ahead and hit Matt Cooke all you want, but Matt Cooke- don't you dare hit anyone!



Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: October 10, 2011 7:20 pm
 

No discipline for Sarich; Bouchard's upheld

P.S. Bostonians - before you get your panties all bunched up that was a joke. Point being if Cooke lay on the ice or the Pens claimed concussion and he didn't return that would have drawn a suspension. If you want to take hits to the head out, you can't base suspensions on whether or not a guys brain gets rattled excessively. Sarich went for the head, left his feet, and extended the chicken wing through the hit. It may not have concussed Cooke, but it's the kind of hit that has the potential to concuss any player.



Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: October 10, 2011 7:16 pm
 

No discipline for Sarich; Bouchard's upheld

Wow - if Cooke made that same hit he'd be suspended for 25 games minimum. At least he wasn't a pussy about it like Marc Savard...



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: October 10, 2011 6:06 pm
 

No discipline for Sarich; Bouchard's upheld

Well, Gary backed up his guy Shanahan.  


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