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Video: George Parros hit on Krys Barch

Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:51 am
Edited on: October 22, 2011 11:56 am
By: Adam Gretz

Anaheim Ducks forward George Parros is known mostly for two things: being one of the NHL's toughest fighters, and owning perhaps the best mustache in the league (though, Ottawa head coach Paul MacLean certainly has an argument for that title). He also might soon be known for being the next player to earn a suspension for a blindside hit to the head thanks to Friday's game against the Dallas Stars.

During the second period of Anaheim's 3-1 loss, Parros was involved in a colission with Stars forward Krys Barch that has gained a bit of attention this morning and sparked some discussion as to whether or not it was a violation of Rule 48.

Here's the play...

There was no penalty called on the play, but the head definitely appeared to be the principal point of contact. Just because it's worth repeating, here are the nuts and bolts of Rule 48: "A hit resulting in contact with an opponent's head where the head is targeted and the principal point of contact is not permitted. However, the circumstances of the hit, including whether the opponent put himself in a vulnerable position can be considered.

And now we wait to see whether or not the NHL and Brendan Shanahan feel this play was a violation and worthy of a suspension.

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Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 12:51 pm

Video: George Parros hit on Krys Barch

So hard to tell from the footage shown, but it looks incidental to me.  I am a Duck-hater (Go Kings!), but I have to say it looks like not only was Parros not targeting the head, he had his hands down and was pulling up a bit.

I am all for the increased attention to head shots and keeping players safe, but this might be a bit overboard.

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: October 24, 2011 4:16 am

Video: George Parros hit on Krys Barch

Messier was also one of the deadlier knee on knee hitter besides headhunting.

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2011 7:42 pm

Video: George Parros hit on Krys Barch

+1 to what beeco said.

The size of the pads have been increasing to an insane level since I was a kid.  If these dirty hitters like Dion Phaneuf and Matt Cooke weren't able to throw a shoulder to the back of someone's head, for fear of an injury themselves, you'd see a lot less injuries overall.

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 7:26 pm

Video: George Parros hit on Krys Barch

There is no clear view of the hit. No good camera angles. However correct me if I am wrong, but it looks like George try's to side step the guy knowing they were about to collide. If he in fact did make an attempt to avoid contact, and I think he did, this is all pointless. Like the NFL, the NHL is trying to take the nastiness out of the game. Not sure why? Mark Messier, who is lauded as one of the games greats, was a headhunter and a vicious nasty opponent who knocked players into next Tuesday deliberately, and they survived,.... many without helmets on. 

Get rid of the concrete elbow and shoulder pads, and you have your problem solved.


Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: October 22, 2011 6:04 pm

Video: George Parros hit on Krys Barch

Parros should have just lined him up for a hit or gotten out of the way.   That kind of lazy contact is risking a suspension.  I don't think Parros is dirty and I don't think he targeted the head.   If he did hit the head first, he has to be suspended.  That type of hit does nothing for the game.   Line him up and hit him or skate (more difficult for some players than others) and play the puck.   Anything that gets rid of useless hits that are often the result of lazy or borderline reckless habit need to be eliminated.

That being said, I have no idea what Shanahan may do, he may give Parros 3 games or a medal.   

Parros isn't a dirty player imo, I think he just was a little complacent in that sequence.   He shouldn't have put himself in that position to begin with.  

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 1:21 pm

Video: George Parros hit on Krys Barch

if thats the only view of that play, then there is no possible way that hit calls for a suspension.  did Parross hit him with a forearm?  i couldn't tell.  did he just run into him and mow him down?  i don't know, i couldn't tell that either.  i'm not a ducks or a stars fan, so i'm looking at this from an objective as possible standpoint.  i will say that i think all of these suspensions and fines are causing a terrible detriment to the game.  hopefully, all this shanahammer business will stop soon.  the supsensions are becoming a big NHL soap opera, "Tune in tomorrow and see who gets suspended next".  its overshadowing the games themselves and its absolutely revolting.  i think Brendan Shanahan likes to see his name in the media.  he gets more ink now, than when he actually played.  he's acting like an attention wh0re who just can't get enough.  i've had enough.  this is hockey, not figure skating.

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