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Blues' Ian Cole suspended three games

Posted on: January 1, 2012 10:06 pm
Edited on: January 1, 2012 10:13 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

Brendan Shanahan began the New Year pretty much the same way he ended the last year: handing out suspensions.

On Sunday night the NHL announced it was suspending St. Louis Blues forward Ian Cole three games for his Saturday night hit on Justin Abdelkader of the Detroit Red Wings.

Here's the video of the hit and Shanahan's explanation.

The review on this one probably didn't take long for the league. It was very evident that the head was the principle point of contact on the play. Cole's shoulder connected square on the jaw of Abdelkader as he entered the offensive zone.

To illustrate how clear-cut of a call this was for him to make, Shanahan referred to this as a "quintessential" example of a bad hit. He went on to say that the hit might not have been intentional, it was reckless -- another word he used multiple times.

The good news is that Abdelkader didn't appear to sustain an injury on the hit. He was a bit wobbly immediately after but did return in the game. It could have easily been much worse.

Also, there was no punishment history to speak of with Cole, so three games is somewhat stiff, it shows how egregious Shanahan saw this hit to be.

I thought Shanahan might have missed on his final few tests of last year -- specifically the Tomas Kopecky/Michael Del Zotto incident as well as the Raffi Torres hit -- but he laid down a fair and just punishment in this case as far as I'm concerned.

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Comments

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:47 pm
 

Blues' Ian Cole suspended three games

Heck if I were blues management I would even offer those two players (Jackman and Cole) for Abdelkader....shoot I might even throw in Berglund with how he's been playing lately.  Wink  Anyway, Detroit is a classy organization....I simply want the Blues to finally get past them in the playoffs one of these years.  Thanks for the conversation.

I'd gladly trade Abdelkader to the Blues for a lot less then that.  I still haven't forgiven him for his outstanding performance in the playoffs last year.  11 games, 0 goals, 0 assists and around 10 minor penalties... most of which were pp's for the opposing team.

Hiring Hitchcock was a smart move and you just might get your wish sometime very soon.  The Wings have to rebuild soon.... this 20 plus year run of making the playoffs can't last forever.



Since: Jul 19, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:26 pm
 

Blues' Ian Cole suspended three games

I'll agree with you that it is what it is and I respect your opinion.  I suppose the plus side of things was that it didn't appear Abdelkader was injured and Blues fans weren't buying out the box office for a chance to see Ian play anyway.  Heck if I were blues management I would even offer those two players (Jackman and Cole) for Abdelkader....shoot I might even throw in Berglund with how he's been playing lately.  Wink  Anyway, Detroit is a classy organization....I simply want the Blues to finally get past them in the playoffs one of these years.  Thanks for the conversation.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:15 pm
 

Blues' Ian Cole suspended three games

We can agree to disagree on the "every bit as blatant" belief you have.  I believe that's your honest opinion regardless of the fact you might not like the Wings so trust me when I tell you I'm sincere when I say my belief that Datsyuk's hit wasn't as blatant has nothing to do with the team he plays for.  

But here's the thing, even if it was just as bad or even worse I already conceded that Datsyuk would probably never be treated the same way as a guy named Ian Cole will be treated by the league.  Sports organizations favour star players over your average Joe and always will.... it's wrong but it is what it is.  And if that star player doesn't have a history of screwing up then you'll probably never see a suspension on a play like that.

A couple years ago when the Wings played the Pens in the Stanley Cup finals Malkin flipped out with about a minute left in the game. He instigated a fight with a Detroit player..... the rules clearly state if you instigate a fight I believe they say in the last couple minutes of a game, a 1 game suspension for the next game should be automatic.

Do you remember what happened?  The league took all but 1 hour after the game to announce Malkin would not be suspended. They said the NHL has the right to overlook what he did if they don't believe it was "premeditated".....  how would they know Malkin didn't plan it?  Do they read minds?

Betcha if it was Matt Cooke he wouldn't have played the next game..... but suspend the mighty Malkin for a playoff game?  

Not a chance.... but it is what it is. 



Since: Jul 19, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:09 pm
 

Blues' Ian Cole suspended three games

Sorry meant to say "would have simply played the body" at the end.



Since: Jul 19, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:06 pm
 

Blues' Ian Cole suspended three games

Ok a couple of things; yes the Wings are a rival of the Blues so naturally I want them to lose.  I don't "hate" anyone as you suggest.  Why?  Because it's a sport and I'm not 13 years old. 

As far as my "every bit as blatant" comment that was done after watching the video several times; not a knee jerk reaction.  Cole's hit took place at the blue line with players moving much faster.....not a lot of reaction time.  That being said if you listen to what I'm saying, I'm agreeing that Cole's hit was illegal and a suspension is fitting.  Your seem to indicate a player can't get injured from being hit in the head as long as their head isn't down....which of course if false so I don't put any credibility to that comment.  Both players were struck in the head and both players' heads were flung sideways.   

Datsyuk's hit however was equally bad if not worse.  Why?  Because he had more reaction time and still went for the head.  What happened to a good ol fashioned hip check in that situation?  He skated directly at Jackman who was looking up ice delivered an obvious hit to the head as was evident with his shoulder and arm following through and nearly throwing him off balance in the process.  Just a thought but I would imagine had Jackman been looking directly at Datsyuk then Datsyuk probably wouldn't simply played the body. 




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2012 7:37 pm
 

Blues' Ian Cole suspended three games

Ok, so is Shannahan going to review the hit to Jackman's head a few nights earlier by Pavel Datsyuk?  Just curious since we are talking about consistency.  I agree with the Cole suspension but Datsyuk's was every bit as blatant. 

C'mon man... It's obvious you don't like the Wings, actually you probably hate the Wings but there is no need to get crazy now.  You're saying Datsyuk's hit was "every bit as blatant" as Cole's hit?  Seriously?  Can you put your hate for Detroit aside for a second please? Let me tell you what one clear difference was between the 2 hits.  Ian Cole basically avoided any chance of body contact and didn't line anybody up with his body at all, he simply stuck his shoulder out sideways and intentionally hit somebody in the face.   Datsyuk squared up a player that had the puck and YES, hit him in the face with his shoulder.  And Jackman wasn't skating with his head down or sideways towards Datsyuk, he was standing still with the puck and his head down.

That being said if Cole gets 3 games a hit like Datsyuk's hit should get suspended 1 game for sure, I agree with that because a head shot even if that wasn't Datsyuk's plan is still dangerous.   But will superstars like Datsyuk be treated like the rest of the league? Sadly, probably not gonna happen.  The NHL and every other league take care of their superstars, it's not fair but it's reality.



Since: Jul 19, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 7:31 pm
 

Blues' Ian Cole suspended three games

Sorry forgot to post a link.  Here is that other hit in case you missed it. 




Since: Jul 19, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 7:23 pm
 

Blues' Ian Cole suspended three games

Ok, so is Shannahan going to review the hit to Jackman's head a few nights earlier by Pavel Datsyuk?  Just curious since we are talking about consistency.  I agree with the Cole suspension but Datsyuk's was every bit as blatant. 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2012 7:22 pm
 

Blues' Ian Cole suspended three games

So when a player cross checks another players head with his stick and in retaliation other player sucker punches him in the head, they both get fined $2500 but no suspension, where's the consistency in Shanahan's punishment. IMO those 2 players should also be suspended. But, kind of makes me think that Shanahan is favoring Detroit on this one, which I know he is not. Suspension for this hit a least 1 game. Just need a little more consistency from Shanahan.

Nobody is saying Shanahan is consistent, I've been one of many on these boards to accuse him of being inconsistent.  All I'm saying is if we are looking at just THIS incident then in my opinion it makes sense, that's all.  Cole INTENTIONALLY and with a lot of force put his shoulder into another player's face that was skating in his direction.   It was not an accident, not one bit.  Nobody can say Cole tried to hit Abdelkader anywhere else because he clearly aimed for the face.  If you watch the replay again you'll see Shanahan freezes the video and points out Abdelkader's position or position of his head didn't suddenly change right before the impact, so it's not like he moved his head which caused Cole's shoulder to hit his face.  

You might think I'm a Wings fan and that's why I feel this way but that's not the case at all.  I'm a way bigger NHL fan then I am a Wings fan, regardless of how long I've been following this team the league is what I'm a huge fan of.  And as for Abdelkader, I don't care if the Wings trade him, bench him or waive him because I've never been a huge fan of that kid.   But what's right is right... that was a terrible hit and if the league is going to get rid of head shots they can't let crap like that go or suspend players that do stupid things like that for just 1 game.

 



Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 4:06 pm
 

Blues' Ian Cole suspended three games

So when a player cross checks another players head with his stick and in retaliation other player sucker punches him in the head, they both get fined $2500 but no suspension, where's the consistency in Shanahan's punishment. IMO those 2 players should also be suspended. But, kind of makes me think that Shanahan is favoring Detroit on this one, which I know he is not. Suspension for this hit a least 1 game. Just need a little more consistency from Shanahan.


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