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No suspension for Milan Lucic

Posted on: November 14, 2011 4:03 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 10:05 pm
 


By: Adam Gretz


Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic had a meeting with Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's vice president of player safety, on Monday afternoon to discuss the play that took place on Saturday night against the Buffalo Sabres when Lucic hit goaltender Ryan Miller after he came out of the crease to play a loose puck.

Following Shanahan's review, as well as his discussion with Lucic, it was determined that the Bruins forward will not face any supplemental discipline.

Despite the calls from fans to allow goalies to be hit when the leave their crease, goalies are not "fair game" when they exit the blue paint. The NHL rule book states that incidental contact may be permitted at the referee's discretion when the goalie is playing the puck outside of his crease, as long the skater makes a reasonable effort to avoid the contact.
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Said Shanahan, via the league's official web site, "I had the hearing because I did make an initial assessment of the play as I do with all plays, but I did have some questions for Milan and I wanted to hear directly from him. They were regarding his intent; at what point did he know there was going to be a collision; and whether or not he felt he had the time to avoid the collision. I was satisfied with his answers."

Lucic received a two-minute minor for charging, while it was later revealed that Miller suffered a concussion and will not be in the crease when the Sabres visit the Montreal Canadiens on Monday.

Miller was livid following the game and was brutally honest when it came his post-game comments, saying "I just stuck around because I wanted to say what a piece of [feces] I think Lucic is."

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli released a statement relaying his pleasure not only with the NHL's decision, but Lucic not responding to Miller's postgame remarks.

"We are satisfied with the NHL's announcement that there will be no suspension or fine for Milan, and we respect the process that the League took to reach this decision.

"I am also proud that Milan took the high road, and chose not to engage in an exchange of words after the unfortunate comments that were made about him following the game."

The "statement" from Sabres coach Lindy Ruff was decidedly different.

“It just means that teams will be to able do exactly what Lucic did,” Ruff told reporters before Buffalo's game in Montreal. “Your goaltender can play the puck, we can run him over, we can hurt him and all you get is a two-minute minor penalty.

“That is essentially what that means -- You can concuss the other team's goalkeeper ... it means it's fair game on goaltenders again."

Shanahan wasn't on board with the idea that the decision opened pandora's box on goalies across the league, instead condeming Ruff and the Sabres.

"I think Buffalo's comments are irresponsible to suggest that it's open season," Shanahan said at the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony. "I will have this warning for players: `It's not. If you run a goalie you're going to find yourself in the same situation that Lucic was today, you're going to have to explain yourself and you don't explain it sufficiently, and if I don't buy it, you're going to be suspended."'

The Sabres and Bruins meet again on Nov. 23.

The play has been a hot topic of discussion around the league, and on Monday Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson, who coached Miller at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, wondered if the NHL should be doing more to protect goalies. Here's what he had to say from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail:

"It'll be interesting to see the direction the league's going to go. There's no white papers out there to describe that kind of an injury or hit with regards to goaltenders. If it was a defenceman, you'd say that it was a clean hit.

"However, a goaltender's more or less defenceless in some of those situations. They're not wearing the same type of equipment, they're not built to absorb a 250-pound freight train running you over. Whereas a defenceman may. That's the debate that's going to go on in the next couple of days. Should we be protecting goaltenders?"

Wilson's team has been without its starting goalie, James Reimer, for nearly a month after he took a hit to the head while standing in his crease in a game against the Montreal Canadiens back in October. The NHL general managers meetings are scheduled to start on Tuesday, and while this isn't a subject that was planned on being discussed, it wouldn't be a shock if it makes its way into the conversation at some point.

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Comments

Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:17 pm
 

No suspension for Milan Lucic

pathfinders points were 100% dead on.....ill take Shany's call to you or anyone on here, including me. Hes played the game. there was no head shot, thats just your hatred for the defending champs talking there.
obviously if there WAS a head shot, Lucic would be sitting a few games. some of you are just haters. then calling Lucic gutless and other stuff, LOL, thats too funny....He'd take on anyone in the league, he doesnt run and hide like some players do.
and crosby you wanna compare a guy biting someone to a 2 min pen for hitting the goalie or Rome taking off hortons head well after he had passed the puck??

Yeah, Lucic's hands started out below his waist and ended up above his head, but he had no intent, of course not.

FYI, I tore apart Pathfinder's points, but you're obviously too stupid to understand that.

No, obviously if the league is showing favoritism toward the Bruins, which they are, there won't be any suspension.

Again, not comparing biting to anything you effing moron. I'm saying that you idiots carried on about that forever and showed everyone what a bunch of chump fans you are. I said that if this happened to Thomas, you idiots would be carrying on about for weeks. Do you morons have reading comprehension problems or what?

PS: Rome's hit was clean (no head shot) other than being a half second late. FACT. You are such a fool that it's pathetic.



Since: Nov 13, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:07 pm
 

No suspension for Milan Lucic

the sabres need to get some nice pink uniforms



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:04 pm
 

No suspension for Milan Lucic

That is exactly the type of classy response I expect from Bruin fans. Thank you Lost Angeles. Yes go ahead and kid about Penn State, the whole situation is freaking hilarious.....



Since: Nov 13, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:45 pm
 

No suspension for Milan Lucic

Didn't the Lizard King go to Penn State



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:45 pm
 

No suspension for Milan Lucic

Crosby, YOU are the POS....wake up u idiot!!! pathfinders points were 100% dead on.....ill take Shany's call to you or anyone on here, including me. Hes played the game. there was no head shot, thats just your hatred for the defending champs talking there.
obviously if there WAS a head shot, Lucic would be sitting a few games. some of you are just haters. then calling Lucic gutless and other stuff, LOL, thats too funny....He'd take on anyone in the league, he doesnt run and hide like some players do.
and crosby you wanna compare a guy biting someone to a 2 min pen for hitting the goalie or Rome taking off hortons head well after he had passed the puck?? haaaaaaaaaa. you are a fool dude.



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:38 pm
 

No suspension for Milan Lucic

Hey there sissy, I'll call you anything I want. AFTERALL, I am the Lizard King, I can do anything. You, you've given yourself the moniker of sister, so I'll just call you sissy for short if I so choose. Don't like it, come up to Buffalo and give me a cheap shot.....

BTW, the funny part is the Queen Bees probably helped the Sabres out in the short term. Enroth will roll including next Wednesday.....



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:15 pm
 

No suspension for Milan Lucic

As a Sabres fan, I am ashamed that nobody went after Lucic.  Lucic is a big boy and I'm sure he would have made Vanek or Sekera look pretty foolish.  But I can say that every other NHL team saw this hit and the target on Lucic is just got bigger.  Lucic violated a code and you can expect to see some pretty cheap treatment coming his way.  He will get what he's got coming to him. It's just the way it is. Just ask a guy like Don Cherry.  Lucic will be done playing hockey by the time he is 30 years old.  



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:01 pm
 

No suspension for Milan Lucic

I don't care if Shanny was the all-time leader in minutes and penalties, he's been woefully inconsistent in his suspensions and the Bruins have been the beneficiaries, so of course you think he's doing a great job. We all know who Shanny is. That doesn't automatically give him a free pass for whatever decisions he makes.

Inconsistent maybe, but I'll still take what Shanny has done so far over what Colin Campbell accomplished during his tenure any time.

Shanny has what I believe to be an almost impossible job.  You're calling the Boston fan homers, and I agree most on these boards are exactly that, homers.  BUT... you aren't looking at Shanny's job carefully enough or objectively.  He didn't write the rules, and the way some of these rules are written forces Shanahan to make very unpopular decisions, he can't win either way.  The rule book forces him to determine "intent"... how the hell does anybody really know what went on in somebody elses brain?  

If the NHL simplifies things the rules will be easier to enforce... as it is right now, good luck to anybody hired on for that job because it's literally impossible to be consistent.. 



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 9:57 pm
 

No suspension for Milan Lucic

I'm not comparing the two hits, giblet-head, your own fellow fan did that. All I did was point out how insanely disproportionate the discipline was for both.

Ok, here you go Boston fans. You guys are correct on everything and the league's discipline has been completely fair for at least the past 2-3 seasons. There, now shut up.



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 9:50 pm
 

No suspension for Milan Lucic

First of all, Pathfinder, lets not talk about ancient history. No Pens fans have ever defended Cooke, but Samuelson and Cooke are totally irrelevant to this discussion. By your idiotic logic, no fan of any team in the league would ever be able to comment on any cheap shot or unsuspended penalty ever.

I don't care if Shanny was the all-time leader in minutes and penalties, he's been woefully inconsistent in his suspensions and the Bruins have been the beneficiaries, so of course you think he's doing a great job. We all know who Shanny is. That doesn't automatically give him a free pass for whatever decisions he makes.

Next time you post, try using some logic and respond to the actual previous comments instead of bringing up unrelated ancient history and touting the qualifications of the league disciplinarian.

I'm done dealing with you Boston morons, though - it's like pissing into the wind trying to talk sense to a bunch of homer idiots.


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