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Shea Weber fined, avoids suspension

Posted on: October 21, 2011 5:38 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2011 5:47 pm
 
By: Adam Gretz

Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber had to face Brendan Shanahan on Friday afternoon following his boarding penalty on Vancouver's Jannik Hansen during Thursday's game, a 5-1 loss for the Predators.

The loss, which was the latest in a stretch of performances that has produced a number of angry and brutally honest quotes from players and head coach Barry Trotz, appeared to be worse than the others because there was a belief that it was going to result in the short-term absence of their best player due to a possible suspension.

Well, Nashville at least has some good news on that front as Weber managed to avoid a suspension for the hit that drew a two-minute minor penalty early in the third period.

While Weber won't be forced to miss any games, he is going to take a small hit to his paycheck as the NHL did fine him $2,500 for the hit, which would seem to suggest that he probably won't be as fortunate when it comes to a suspension the next time he's in this situation.

Weber makes $7.5 million for this season.

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Comments

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: October 23, 2011 12:22 am
 

Shea Weber fined, avoids suspension

Shanahan is proving everybody wrong.  The double-standards and inconsistencies are as bad as they've ever been.   
Very true.   I hope everybody remembers this when they get excited about Bettman's replacement in 10 years or so.



Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 7:53 pm
 

Shea Weber fined, avoids suspension

For all those people who thought it couldn't get any worse than Colin Campbell ... Shanahan is proving everybody wrong.  The double-standards and inconsistencies are as bad as they've ever been.    




Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 5:37 pm
 

Shea Weber fined, avoids suspension

This is 100% a star getting preferential treatment. Letang got suspended because he had a fine last year so Shanahan considered him a repeat offender.
I don't know, Weber's boarding wasn't THAT bad - he hit him on the right shoulder and could have destroyed him but didn't. I'm ok with the fine on this one.

As for Letang, I don't think it was a penalty in the first place because Burmistrov turned toward the boards at the last second. How Banahan can narrate the video replay and stop it just before contact when Burmistrov is facing up ice (side/shoulder to Letang) and say, with a straight face, that Burmistrov makes "no sudden moves or change of direction" is beyond me. Since it was borderline at best, I think one game would have been appropriate if anything at all. It's not like he had already been suspended.

The bigger question I have that has still gone unanswered and unexplained by anyone is how Dennis Seidenberg can get away with a texbook definition of boarding against Jeff Skinner without even so much as a review or ANYTHING from the league. This occurred at the end of a very chippy game that was no longer in doubt and where the refs had repeatedly tried to calm things down and restore order. Total hypocrisy by the league.





Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 3:59 pm
 

Shea Weber fined, avoids suspension

This is 100% a star getting preferential treatment. Letang got suspended because he had a fine last year so Shanahan considered him a repeat offender.



The suspension of Kris Letang for two games says that there's no "preferential treatment for stars" going on.  Letang is the best player on the Pens when Crosby and Malkin are out with injuries and he was leading the team in scoring at the time he was suspended.
Having said that, I'm surprised Weber wasn't suspended two games for that hit.  He clearly hit Hansen between the numbers into the boards.



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 2:17 pm
 

Shea Weber fined, avoids suspension

I just don't understand it.

The Letang hit took place right as the puck was being played.  The guy turned his back on Letang right before he got there.

The Weber hit took place well after the puck had been moved on.  The guy had his back to Weber the entire time.

I understand the Letang hit had more force, but it was also a really close play.  The Weber hit may not of had as much force, but it was well after the play had moved on.

Weber is one of my favorite players in the league.  Can look at any of my posts on him in the past, and see that.  I've never been a huge Letang fan.  Can see that in my past posts also.  So this isn't me being a homer here.  I just really need someone to explain, and help me understand this.  Apparently i'm not smart enough to understand Shanahan's logic.



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 12:44 pm
 

Shea Weber fined, avoids suspension

And yet NO review, NO fine, and NO suspension for the Boston Bruins' Dennis Seidenberg boarding of Jeff Skinner that was worse than either of the Weber or Letang boardings. Why is that?



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:05 pm
 

Shea Weber fined, avoids suspension

Unless it was an obvious attempt to injure, just fine the players and team $$$/ Fans pay to watch the players play, not sit in the press box.  If the owner loses enough $, they'll stop in a hurry.



Since: Jun 28, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:43 pm
 

Shea Weber fined, avoids suspension

The suspension of Kris Letang for two games says that there's no "preferential treatment for stars" going on.  Letang is the best player on the Pens when Crosby and Malkin are out with injuries and he was leading the team in scoring at the time he was suspended.
Having said that, I'm surprised Weber wasn't suspended two games for that hit.  He clearly hit Hansen between the numbers into the boards.



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: October 21, 2011 7:11 pm
 

Shea Weber fined, avoids suspension

that it's Shea Weber and he gets preferential treatment ?  Probably.
..and if not it doesn't matter anymore because the perception is there.   No reason for a fine.   Leave it as a boarding call on the ice or suspend him.   Ridiculous.  Hopefully more stars are extended the same treatment. 

I don't like Shanahan in that post.   Couple more of these and I'm going to say I wish it was still Campbell if I had to choose between the two.

And I like punishing dirty hits.



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 6:14 pm
 

Shea Weber fined, avoids suspension

What a surprise, more inconsistency from the NHL front office.  Last time it was a suspension, the time before that, nothing, this time- it's a fine.  All for boarding calls, none of them on plays that are more or less dangerous than the others.  So what does a fine without suspension mean- that it's Shea Weber and he gets preferential treatment ?  Probably.


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