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Vlasic hit latest to not warrant suspension

Posted on: February 29, 2012 3:25 pm
Edited on: February 29, 2012 3:27 pm

By Brian Stubits

Marc-Edouard Vlasic is the latest player who will not face a supplemental discipline hearing. An NHL source told earlier on Wednesday that no hearing had been scheduled and Renaud P. Lavoie of RDS in Canada later reported that no hearing will be scheduled.

Late in the Sharks' 1-0 win on Tuesday night against the Flyers, Daniel Briere was chasing the dumped puck into the corner boards when Vlasic's contact from behind sent Briere head first into the boards and into a heap on the ice.

There wasn't even a minor called on the play, which turned out to be pretty key with the Flyers trying to score so late in the game. Briere didn't seem like the biggest fan of the play after the game (from the Philadelphia Daily News).

“I wasn’t expecting to be bulldozed there,” Briere said. “It was a dangerous play, there’s no doubt about it. Usually when you’re in a vulnerable position like that, guys will try to bear-hug you or go around you. It was scary. I think I got fortunate that it wasn’t worse than it is. I knew there was someone coming, but I just didn’t think I was going to get run over like that.”

Remember, Briere just came back from a concussion a few weeks ago. That had a few more people in orange and black holding their breath. But Briere did return to the game a short while later. It was a little surprising he didn't go to the quiet room considering his recent concussion and the fact that he admitted to reporters after the game that he was dizzy and a bit lost.

Back to the decision not to take any action from the league. While this one does not seem as egregious as others recently -- particularly the decision to do nothing to David Clarkson -- I thought there was a chance. We've seen similar calls this season. I can see the merits on either side of the equation in this one. It didn't seem particularly malicious from Vlasic and he did seem to slow down before impact.

It just seems like Brendan Shanahan has decided the first half of suspensions was enough, doesn't it? It seemed like every other day or even more often in the first few months there was a new suspension video from Shanahan. Now they've become as rare as Scott Gomez goals. There has only been one suspension handed down since Alex Ovechkin's just before the All-Star break, Minnesota's Warren Peters.

Has the play really been that much cleaner since the All-Star break? Did the message finally get through to the players? Well I haven't noticed as many bad hits so that's working, but only one play in more than a month that warranted a suspension?

I'm not going to make the leap here, I'll just say it's a little bit more intriguing to look back at the reports from earlier in the season about some GMs complaining about how tightly Shanahan's era was being run.

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Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 6:32 pm

Vlasic hit latest to not warrant suspension

It's called hockey right? Look up Hav Schl 97 and you'll see me with the C in the middle of the pic. Let me guess... you're the man in the Cali roller league rockin out to Chalkdust Torture twisting one up in between whistles. Like I said on another board... let that have been Sid Crosby... 2 games easily.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:33 pm

Vlasic hit latest to not warrant suspension

I am amazed at Philly (pick your team) fans.  You are all cut from the same "It's ALWAYS someone else's fault" cloth. 

At some point a line has to be drawn with regards to hockey hits.  This was one of those times.  The ref didn't call a penalty on the hit because it wasn't warranted.  It's called hockey. 

Oh, and nice quip on the toke another one phish fan.  Original.  Well done.

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2012 1:59 pm

Vlasic hit latest to not warrant suspension

If I actually saw the hit???? What... do you think I wasn't watching the game?
And 10 feet from the boards??? Go toke another one PHISH fan, I know what I saw.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:16 pm

Vlasic hit latest to not warrant suspension

I'm glad you're done talking, because if you actually saw the hit you would agree.  Briere pulled up in front of Vlasic at least 10 feet from the boards with his head down.  That hit was as much Briere's fault as it was Vlasic's

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:01 am

Vlasic hit latest to not warrant suspension

I'm speechless. Briere was thrown head first into the boards. Whatever Shanny.

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