Tag:NHL Discipline
Posted on: September 25, 2011 12:59 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 7:30 pm
 

Sabres' Boyes suspended two games for hit

By Brian Stubits

Another night of preseason games, another player leaves with a suspension from NHL chief disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.

A day after Brad Staubitz and James Wisniewski were suspended indefinitely for their actions on Friday, Brad Boyes of the Buffalo Sabres had to face the reaper for his hit on the Maple Leafs' Joe Colborne and left with a two preseason-game suspension. He will be able to return for Buffalo's exhibition game in Germany before the season begins in earnest.

See the objectionable hit for yourself and hear Shanahan's explanation.

As you can see, Boyes nails Colborne with the principal contact of the hit coming near the head, the specific play Shanahan and crew are trying to weed out of the game. There was no penalty called on Boyes during the game, but that doesn't guarantee him no league discipline. This one isn't completely clear cut, but the NHL has shown it will air on the side of caution in these cases.

Having no prior discipline past helped spare Boyes from a tougher suspension.

Soon enough players are going to have to reprogram their brains to avoid these types of hits. These are the new rules of the game and they are not going back.

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Posted on: September 24, 2011 12:05 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 7:31 pm
 

Wisniewski, Staubitz suspended indefinitely

By: Adam Gretz

Brendan Shanahan is enterting his new role in charge of discipline with a bang. After handing out two suspensions -- that combined for 15 games -- on Thursday, Shanahan announced two more suspensions on Saturday morning, suspending Columbus' James Wisniewski and Minnesota's Brad Staubitz indefinitely pending a hearing with the league.

Both incidents occurred at different times during their exhibition game on Friday night, which Minnesota won 4-3 in overtime on a goal from Dany Heatley.

Staubitz received a five-minute major for checking from behind -- along with a game misconduct -- at the 4:24 mark of the third period, while Wisniewski was penalized for an illegal hit to the head on Minnesota's Cal Clutterbuck late in the third period.

Wisniewski was acquired by the Blue Jackets this summer after a career-year in 2010-11 that he split with the Islanders and Canadiens, and signed a six-year, $33 million deal.

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Posted on: September 22, 2011 7:58 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 7:31 pm
 

Jody Shelley gets 10 game suspension



By: Adam Gretz

We knew Thursday was going to be a big day for Brendan Shanahan to see how he would handle the Jody Shelley incident from Wednesday's Flyers-Maple Leafs game, when the Philadelphia forward was ejected for boarding Toronto's Darryl Boyce.

Just hours after Shanahan appeared in a video describing the five-game suspension he issued to Calgary's Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, it was announced that Shelley will be suspended for what amounts to 10 games -- the final five games of the preseason and the first five games of the regular season.

He won't be eligible to return to the Philadelphia lineup until Thursday, Oct. 20 when the Flyers host the Washington Capitals.

The incident occurred midway through the second period when Boyce chased the puck into the Flyers zone and was then sent into the glass with a high hit from behind by Shelley. The play resulted in a five-minute major penalty as well as a game misconduct.

As he did earlier in the day to announce the first suspension under his watch, Shanahan again appeared in a video describing the incident (the description of the play was nearly identical to the first one) and all of the factors that went into his decision. In this instance, Shanahan explained that he took into consideration that Boyce was injured on the play, as well as the fact that Shelley was suspended twice last season to reach the decision to suspend him for the remainder of the preseason as well as the first five regular season games. 

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Posted on: September 22, 2011 5:28 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 7:32 pm
 

Letourneau-Leblond suspended 5 games

By: Adam Gretz

Brendan Shanahan issued his first suspension in his new role as Senior Vice President of Player Safety by suspending Calgary Flames forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond for five games (four preseason games and one regular season game) for boarding Vancouver's Matt Clackson during the Canucks 4-3 win on Tuesday night.

Because Letourneau-Leblond was suspended back in October he is considered a repeat offender under the rules of the current CBA, while the suspension will cost him over $6,000 in salary.

Along with the announcement of the suspension, the NHL also released a video that features Shanahan, who is replacing Colin Campbell in charge of player discipline, breaking down the play frame-by-frame and explaining why it was against the rules and why the suspension is as long as iti is, which is something we're not used to seeing from the NHL (and I like it).

Letourneau-Leblond recieved only a minor penalty during the game.

Shanahan said in the video, which you can watch below, that Clackson had his back turned toward Leblond prior to the contact, and that he did not put himself in that position immediatly prior to the check, which meant Leblond had plenty of time to avoid the hit or minimize it.

And this from the NHL:
"Letourneau-Leblond took a direct route toward Clackson, hit him squarely from behind into the boards and drove through the check high and hard," Shanahan said. "Clackson's back was turned toward Letourneau-Leblond well before the contract, requiring that Letourneau-Leblond avoid or minimize the check completely. He did neither."
During Wednesday's action there were two other boarding calls that are sure to get at least a look from Shanahan and the league as Philadelphia's Jody Shelley was ejected from the Flyers game against Toronto. Detroit's Danny Cleary was also issued a five-minute major for boarding Pittsburgh's Philip Samuelsson in the third period of the Red Wings 3-2 loss to the Penguins, a play that both Cleary and his head coach, Mike Babcock, felt was a clean hit based on a video the NHL sent out earlier in the day showing examples of what are considered to be illegal (and legal) hits.


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Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:53 am
Edited on: September 26, 2011 7:33 pm
 

Shelley's hard hit on Boyce to test Shanahan

By Brian Stubits

It didn't take long for us to get a test case for new discipline chief Brendan Shanahan.

Last night in Philadelphia, Jody Shelley laid an ugly hit on the Maple Leafs' Darryl Boyce into the boards, receiving a major penalty, game misconduct and cut over his eye from a Jay Rosehill punch. See the play and ensuing fight for yourself.

This comes on the heels of Shanahan sending out changes to the boarding rules to all the teams. In particular, here is what it had to say that's in play here.

This season, a boarding penalty will be assessed to a player who checks or pushes a defenseless player in a manner that causes the player to have a potentially violent and/or dangerous impact with the boards. The word "pushes" was added to the rule and "defenseless" replaced the word "vulnerable."
The onus now is going to be on the player applying the check to ensure his opponent is not in a defenseless position. If he is, the player applying the hit must avoid or, at the very least, minimize the contact.

After the game Boyce talked about the hit, sporting a freshly broken nose.

“I think it was late for sure and my back was to the wall, so it definitely was not a clean hit,” Boyce said. “The game moves so fast out there that sometimes you think that it wasn’t late and it was clean. That’s just the speed of the game.”

Clearly Shelley is looking at some punishment from the league. The puck was long gone from Boyce's stick and the hit seems to fit the type of play the league is trying to rid to a T. Considering Shelley doesn't have the cleanest track record, I would expect to see Shelley sit out the remainder of the preseason, at least, and have to pay a fine.

In addition to being a perfect opportunity for Shanahan to show how serious he is about eradicating these hits from the game, it's an equally good chance to help clarify the rules. They have been changing so much in recent years that nobody really knows what it legal and what's not these days.

Your move, Shanny.

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