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Tootoo suspended two games for hit on Ryan Miller

Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:45 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2011 2:21 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

The NHL has handed down the punishment on Jordin Tootoo of the Nashville Predators for his crash into Buffalo Sabres netminder Ryan Miller from over the weekend. The result is a two-game suspension for the Pesky Preds forward.

As has become customary, here is video from Brendan Shanahan explaining the decision, but this one coming on location from Pebble Beach instead of New York because of the Board of Governors meetings.

In detailing the suspension, Shanahan notes a few factors that played into the rationale. First is the fact that while there is pressure from defenseman Jordan Leopold, it's not enough to significantly steer Tootoo toward the crease. This is something to keep in mind when you look at the David Booth hit on Miikka Kiprusoff again and why it's unlikely the Booth hit was given much of a look from the league.

Secondly is perhaps the money quote from Shanahan in this conversation: "Goalies should feel safe in their crease." For those wondering why Tootoo's hit warranted two games while Milan Lucic, who ran into Miller a month ago, resulting in a concussion and this high state of awareness, that's a key difference even if the rulebook clearly states that goalies aren't free to be hit no matter if they are in the crease or not.

Also coming into play was the fact that before the collision, Tootoo looks up and spots Miller before running into him. I don't see how that should have much of an impact, by the time he actually looks at Miller, there is nowhere left for Tootoo to go.

If anything, and Shanahan concedes as much, it looks like Tootoo actually tries to leap over Miller and avoid the hit. Bobby Orr he is not. Still, it didn't save Tootoo completely. The fact that he was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the hit was also a factor for Shanahan, perhaps reducing the suspension since he was punished in-game as well.

The environment around this topic is toxic right now, particularly around Ryan Miller and the Sabres. As some have joked, Tootoo was suspended two games for Lucic's hit on Miller. But if there was no punishment for Tootoo here, there would have been a near riot among the Sabres faithful.

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff saw this as an opportunity for the league.

"I hope to see a strong message," Ruff said following practice on Monday. "Really, it’s just time. I just hope they do the right thing with it.

"I understand with a phone hearing the max you’re going to get is [a five-game suspension]. In my eyes, is that a big message? It’s OK. I look at the NFL and I look at the Detroit Lion [Ndamukong Suh] that got two games for a 6-inch kick. He got kicked out of the game, and then that amounted to one-eighth of our season. That’s a 10-game suspension. I think they do it right. The message there is we’re not putting up with this stuff. I think we need a strong message. Is five strong enough? I don’t know."

How about two, coach?

Even with Tootoo getting a boot, I don't think Ruff will be overly pleased. It was him, you might remember, that said the lack of suspension on Lucic meant it was open season to run goaltenders. That's why he was hoping for a clear message. Well that and his starting goaltender was run over twice in two games.

I know the folks in Buffalo won't agree, but I think it's a pretty good scenario of the punishment fitting the crime here, particularly with no injury resulting on the play. But it will cause every hit to be scrutinized, just like a lot of other hits around the league.

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RonBoss2
Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 8:51 pm
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Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 8:39 pm
 

Tootoo suspended two games for hit on Ryan Miller

Tootoo was going close to top speed, he lost the puck about five feet before hitting Miller. Trying to react and stop in that distance is impossible. Why did the Buffalo defenseman (Ehrhoff) let him do it? Ehrhoff had him wrapped up, he should have pushed Tootoo behind the net!



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 8:26 pm
 

Tootoo suspended two games for hit on Ryan Miller

Tell us about the typical Boston fan.  Tell us how you did a survey and spoke with all typical Boston fans.  Im sure most of us would like to know.
The comments here, on other stories, and during games are respresentative.

it is not that the rule is misunderstood, it is that the rule is as lame as the tuck rule
So lame that not only is it a written rule, but it is also one of the few unwritten rules and almost never happens because players aren't as dirty and cowardly as Lucic to even attempt it.

Boston fans are the biggest bunch of arrogant, loud-mouthed, annoying, and idiotic fans who will defend cheap shot goons to the end of the Earth and in the face of indisputable evidence to the contrary but when the roles are reversed will scream Bloody Murder until the end of time.


RonBoss2
Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 8:04 pm
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Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 8:01 pm
 

Tootoo suspended two games for hit on Ryan Miller

Bruins 3 - Flightless Birds 1.  Hurts huh?  LOL Tongue out



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 7:01 pm
 

Tootoo suspended two games for hit on Ryan Miller

What is it about comprehension that seems to be missing from the typical Boston fan. What exactly is taught in the school system? Its important to note that it makes no difference per the rulebook if the goalie is in his crease or not when it comes to contact. Simply put nothing more than incidental contact is allowed with the goaltender. Read it and comprehend it. Than again why would you let that little fact in the way of a good fiction story.


Now we can sit and debate whether or not a certain play deserves a suspension, but if you going to continue on with this fantasy that you can hit the goalie as though he were another skater if he is out of his crease, than I'd just rather sit here and bang my on a wall.....



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 6:54 pm
 

Tootoo suspended two games for hit on Ryan Miller

Lucic isn't a dirty player
This site sucks.

Lucic sucker punch of Hedman after the whistle in garbage time:



Lucic sucker punch of Meyer after the whistle and through a ref:




Lucic cross check to the face of Lapierre after the whistle:




Still think he's not a dirty player? And a coward on top of it.





Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 6:30 pm
 

Tootoo suspended two games for hit on Ryan Miller

Lucic was goin for a loose puck and Miler came waaay out of his crease in the line of a player steamrolling down the ice for a potential breakaway.
Important point: Miller GOT the puck and cleared it before Lucic got there. Lucic is required by rule to try to avoid the hit. Instead, he goes into Miller and toward his head with his hands. That's why his hands start out below his waist and end up above his head.



You keep making a fool of yourself. If I were a Boston fan, I would tell you to shut the f up. You guys get away with everything and still find a way to mouth off in the most annoying way possible. Nobody is buying what you are selling, so give it a rest.



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 6:25 pm
 

Tootoo suspended two games for hit on Ryan Miller

Lucic isn't a dirty player
Lucic sucker punch of Hedman after the whistle:




Lucic sucker punch of Meyer after the whistle and through a ref:




Lucic cross check to the face of Lapierre after the whistle:




Still an arrogant, annoying idiot I see.



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Tootoo suspended two games for hit on Ryan Miller

And Lizard .. ur just so unbiased i'm sure .. being a Buffalo fan and all Sealed


Simply put .. a goalie is taking A LOT more risk roaming half way to the blue line

The crease is supposed to be a goalies sanctuary ... BIG DIFFERENCE ... maybe u should take off ur rose colored goggles.


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