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No suspension for Brad Marchand

Posted on: February 16, 2012 4:31 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 4:41 pm
 
By: Adam Gretz

The NHL has decided Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand will not be suspended for a clipping incident that took place during Wednesday's game in Montreal.

This decision is probably a surprise to some given that Marchand was suspended five games for clipping Vancouver's Sami Salo earlier this season (to be exact, it was just last month). Same player, same type of play. Seems reasonable to expect some sort of supplemental discipline. But that's not going to be the case.

The NHL's Vice President of Player Safety, Brendan Shanahan, briefly addressed the play on Twitter Thursday afternoon and said, "Like all penalties on the ice, not all 'clips' rise to the level of supplemental discipline. This check by Marchand was delivered to the upper thigh/hip and not the knee area. We don't like it, but not SD."

"Not SD," of course, refers to no supplemental discipline.

Here is the play one more time in case you missed it the first time around:



It's fair to point out that this clip and the earlier play that did result in a suspension may not be exactly the same. But if there is going to be a criticism of the decision (and there is always a criticism of the league's decisions when it comes to disciplinary matters) it's that Shanahan admitted that the league didn't like it -- it, of course, being the hit. Coming from a player that was suspended for a similar play just one month ago.

If nothing else, that's going to bring up even more questions about consistency and NHL discipline. Seems like we've been down that road before.

Previously at Eye On Hockey

Marchand called for clipping
Marchand suspended 5 games for clipping
Marchand excused from Cup DVD filming  for drunkenness
More NHL Discipline news

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Comments

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 5:54 pm
 

No suspension for Brad Marchand

As a Canadien fan, what makes this most annoying are the teams responses to the two similar hits.

Vancouver (a good team) races over to back up a teammate.
The Canadiens (a bad team) stands around, like the Sabres did (another bad team) when Miller was hit. Disgraceful.



Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 5:48 pm
 

No suspension for Brad Marchand

he's a bruin, did you really think they would suspend him again??????



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