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Guys like Gillies won't get the message

Posted on: March 3, 2011 5:09 pm

While a growing number of hockey and football players are willing their brains to research these days, it might be more interesting to get a look inside the one of Trevor Gillies.

Maybe we could find out what compels someone to do something really stupid in his first game back after being suspended for doing something really stupid.

Gillies, the New York Islanders hit man, is going to be suspended by the NHL after a hearing Friday, likely for at least five games and maybe even for the rest of the season which has 19 games remaining for New York. The drum beat for extreme punishment started on national networks not long after Gillies ran Minnesota’s Cal Clutterbuck face first into the glass early in the second period Wednesday night, and has grown loud enough that it is now almost a no-brainer for the NHL.

Gillies delivered what has actually become a run-of-the-mill blind side hit to the head, the kind the NHL has been desperately trying to get out of the game for a year now. But he did it on only his fourth shift back after serving a nine-game suspension for triggering a ruckus last month that allowed for unfortunate comparisons between the league and the movie Slapshot.  Apparently he doesn’t understand the concept of staying under the radar.

So the NHL is likely to make a statement with Gillies, a 32-year-old career minor leaguer, who played only 15 NHL games before being called to fill one of the voids on the Islanders injury-riddled roster this season. That’s easy. The problem is punishing someone like Gillies -- no matter how severely -- won’t do it.

Gillies is a prototype goon, the kind you thought disappeared 25 years ago. He’s has racked up few points but lots of penalty minutes skipping around the American and East Coast Hockey Leagues for the last dozen years and really has no place in the kind of game the NHL plays today. 

The Islanders know that because Gilllies has averaged just about four minutes of ice time in 33 games with New York. In other words, he’s expendable to the Islanders too.

Throwing the book at Gillies might be what he deserves, but when a star like Nashville’s Shea Weber can get away with an equally dangerous hit, or a Matt Cooke gets only four games for his latest violent act, chances are it really won’t get anyone’s attention.


Category: NHL

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2011 6:43 pm

Guys like Gillies won't get the message

Spare us your brainless justification, rebel.

Gillies is nothing more than a throwback to the pre lockout days, where an idiot like himself could make minimum wage by logging more penalty minutes than shifts played.

You'll see two things come from Toronto: one, a rest of season suspension, which we will all hear about, and a warning to Islander management to not let this moron on skates suit up in Long Island ever again (which you won't hear from).

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2011 6:39 pm

Guys like Gillies won't get the message

As a fan of a team with Matt Cooke, I have seen first hand that guys like him will not get any benefits or warnings anymore. What he did to Tangradi by elbowing,  punching him concussed, and then taunting a player that he concussed for no reason while he was getting looked at was inexcusable and he would have gotten more if Godard didn't leave the bench,

And for the record, some of Cooke's hits are also unnecassary and not needed.

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: March 3, 2011 6:31 pm

Guys like Gillies won't get the message

Are you kidding me. What game did you watch ? Gillies made a hard hit on a player after his Teamate was runned into. Why would he be suspended? Messing with the Islanders on the ice is not a smart move anymore. Play hard hit hard .

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2011 6:10 pm

Guys like Gillies won't get the message

I am not defending Gillies, but I cannot believe what I have read and seen today.  Goldstein, DID you even watch the replay? 

Watch the replay.  AT the 56 second mark just as contact is made, you can cleary see Clutterbucks numbers on the jersey.  Gillies did not him from behind but from the side.  Secondly, look at where Gillies has his right arm, shoulder and elbow.  They are NO Where near the head or neck, in fact they are below Clutterbucks shoulder.

Secondly, at the 2:05 mark you see the hit from another view.  Clearly Gillies left arm comes up, but the Minnesota announcer have it wrong.  They say it is Gillies elbow, but it just his left glove.

No question the hit should be a penalty but no more then a roughing and definately not a suspension.  Lets face it, if theis was anyone else, we would not even be talking about this.  This is the type of hit that has happened in every single game since the beginning of time.

Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2011 5:55 pm

Guys like Gillies won't get the message

There's a difference between Matt Cooke and Gillies. Cooke's reputation for cheap shots is well deserved -- don't get me wrong. But he also leads the league in short-handed points. While he's going to deep-six the hits from behind and head shots, he can be a solid hockey player. He's showed that all his career. On the other hand, Gillies is goon. Little else. The only reason the Islanders send him out there is to send opposing players to the hospital. That's it. And it sucks. 

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