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Clarkson avoids suspension for flying elbow

Posted on: February 28, 2012 1:53 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2012 2:58 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

First to the news. David Clarkson of the Devils is not going to be suspended for his charging attempt on New York Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky on Monday night.

From the Newark Star-Ledger:

No league hearing has been scheduled today, although a call from Brendan Shanahan and/or a fine is possible.

The fact that Clarkson did not hit Dubinsky in the head will work in his favor. The incident took place at 19:27 of the second period with Clarkson getting a charging minor.

Dainius Zubrus did catch Carl Hagelin in the head during a second period roughing incident, but that won't come to much, either. Zubrus may also get a warning call from Shanahan.

Before going any further, here is the hit in question one more time.

I can't say I'm surprised there will be no suspension forthcoming for Clarkson. That's what I expected, honestly. But I'd lie if I said it doesn't upset me. I don't know why it actually angers me a little, I just know it does.

As the Ledger writes, "The fact that Clarkson did not hit Dubinsky in the head will work in his favor." Why is this so? Why should the result of the play have a bearing on this? Fact of the matter is that he tried to hit Dubinsky. What other explanation is there for his pole-vaulting technique that included a chicken wing. I don't think it was an attempt to fly.

This isn't an analogy I necessarily want to bring up but it is comparable in my mind -- on a basic level, nothing more. Imagine if somebody's attempt at murder doesn't go as planned. Would somebody get away with failing to execute their plan? Of course not. They would be locked up in jail. Just because they failed in doing so doesn't mean they didn't try to do so.

Again, I'm a bit loathe to make the comparison to murder. Change it to blackmail if you want, or any other crime that would fit. The point stands this is one of if not my biggest complaints about the punishment criteria right now. Brendan Shanahan has said that injuries don't factor into the decisions to suspend, just the sentencing, the length of the suspension. Well if the reason there was no suspension here is because there was no injury, then how can that be?

To be clear, for the most part I have objected very little to Shanahan's decisions this year and I have really appreciated the transparency. But this one bothers me.

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Comments

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:36 am
 

Clarkson avoids suspension for flying elbow

Dubinsky is a what???  He actually dropped the gloves.  Unlike Clarkson who wanted no part of either Prust or Rupp.  Clarkson didn't have the schnuts to fight a guy would could whoop him.  He goes after Duby and still caught a few in the beak.  The refs bear part of the blame, they should have let Rupp kick Clarksons arse, but sent both off with 2 min penalties.  Good thing for Clarkson.  We'll see them soon....  Shanny is very inconsistent.  



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 7:43 pm
 

Clarkson avoids suspension for flying elbow

Obviously having 20+ goals makes him talentless...



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 7:42 pm
 

Clarkson avoids suspension for flying elbow

He shouldve gotten suspended for being a meatball the entire game and being a hot head... also, Shanny, your makin this up as you go along I see.. You suspend someone for an attempt then dont for an attempt. who knows what your doing.



Since: Jan 2, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 7:26 pm
 

Clarkson avoids suspension for flying elbow

I didnt know u could fly and throw an elbow at the same time and not get suspended shanahan what a peanut



Since: Nov 20, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 7:21 pm
 

Clarkson avoids suspension for flying elbow

No, people who talk tough, safely and anonymously on the internet, are pussies.



Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 7:07 pm
 

Clarkson avoids suspension for flying elbow

Dubinsky is a pussy



Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 6:52 pm
 

Clarkson avoids suspension for flying elbow

SO IF DUBINSKY RETALIATED BY SWINGING HIS STICK AS HARD AS HE COULD OVER CLARKSON'S HEAD....NO SUSPENSION BECAUSE HE DIDN'T HIT HIM? YEAH, RIGHT.



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 6:29 pm
 

Clarkson avoids suspension for flying elbow

My goodness Shanahan.  

Unbelievable.  

Should have been 2 games for making the league look like a joke.   

Boring game to watch anyway.   
Remember when Wisneiwski got the suspension when nobody got hurt?



Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 6:22 pm
 

Clarkson avoids suspension for flying elbow

Clarkson is a talentless goon and Shanahan a fraud.



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 5:48 pm
 

Clarkson avoids suspension for flying elbow

wrote:

As the Ledger writes, "The fact that Clarkson did not hit Dubinsky in the head will work in his favor." Why is this so? Why should the result of the play have a bearing on this? Fact of the matter is that he tried to hit Dubinsky.

To be clear, for the most part I have objected very little to Shanahan's decisions this year and I have really appreciated the transparency. But this one bothers me.
There is only one solution.  The NHL needs to define once and for all, what is a dangerous hit, or attempt to injure, and what the lengths of suspension are.  Put it in the rulebook and then Brendan Shanahan can get out the business of all of this subjective analysis, considering who the players are, history of previous suspensions, whether someone was injured on the play, if Venus was in Capricorn, etc.  Anything less, and it looks like the NHL wants to keep subjectivity for some bizarre reason, and isn't serious about "eliminating" dangerous hits from the game.


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