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Posted on: September 30, 2011 11:13 am
Edited on: September 30, 2011 1:15 pm
 

Wings' Smith suspended five regular-season games

By Brian Stubits

Brendan Smith of the Detroit Red Wings has been suspended for the remained of the preseason and the first five regular-season games after his illegal hit to the head of Blackhawks forward Ben Smith on Wednesday.

Here's the description from the other night.

With the game tied, 3-3, early in the third period, Chicago's Ben Smith carried the puck into the offensive zone and tried to cut across the middle of the ice. At that point Detroit's Brendan Smith, who is fighting for a roster spot, connected on a hit that resulted in his ejection from the game (as well as a match penalty), while Smith was clearly shaken up and needed assistance in getting off the ice. According to Rule 48, the Match Penalty can be issued if the referee, "in his judgement, feels the player attempted to or deliberately injured his opponent with an illegal check to the head."

Now for Shanahan's breakdown.

In addition to the suspension, as with each suspension, Smith will face a fine, forfeiting all the money he would earn in the games he sits out. Based on his annual salardy, Smith will forfeit $23,648.65. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund. The fund is having its best preseason donation period perhaps ever. Here is the staggering amount of money already given up, courtest of the Canadian Press. "NHL players are paid during pre-season, but they've forfeited $666,547.42 in combined salary with suspensions."

"I thought it was a little extreme, to tell you the truth," coach Mike Babcock said of the suspension on Friday.

I was very interested to see how Shanahan was going to rule on this hit. I felt there was perhaps the best defense any offending player had in this case as he was coming fromt he side. In all of the cases so far, Shanahan has pointed out the player had his back to the hitter well before the contact and that there were no sudden moves.

But it can't be ignored that Ben Smith is now day-to-day after suffering a concussion on the play.

It was argued by some that Ben Smith put himself in the vulnerable position. That's a point Babcock was trying to get across after the game.

"[Brendan Smith] should have hit him in the shoulder or chest but he missed," he said. "But the technique and the way he went about it, that's what you teach.

"I understand Chicago's reaction. But I also know what hockey is and what's going on in the game. We have to be smart not to be put in bad situations."

Shanahan addressed this very issue in the video, noting he believed Brendan Smith when he said he didn't intentionally hurt Ben Smith, but it doesn't matter. Ben's head did not significantly move prior to the hit and Brendan still made it the principal point of contact. He could have hit the body but did not.

Clearly, the hitting of the head is Shanahan's ultimate focus, as it should be.  Considering that's where the Smith-on-Smith contact was, you see the suspension of five games (and the remaining three in the preseason).

Blackhawks veteran defenseman Sean O'Donnell had some interesting thoughts on the matter. Not the hit itself, but the seeming increase of these hits all across the league.

“It seemed like when I first broke into the league, you would hit hard, but if a guy was in a vulnerable spot, you would ease up,” veteran Sean O’Donnell, 39, said. “And now it seems like some of the guys, when guys are in a vulnerable spot, their eyes light up. I don’t know where this mind-set came from. I’m not saying that about [Wednesday’s] hit. I’m talking about in general.

“Some of that self-respect for your fellow teammate, fellow NHLer or human being doesn’t seem to be there. I’m not sure why, but we do need to eliminate this because those brain injuries are dangerous things.”

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Posted on: September 28, 2011 11:17 pm
Edited on: September 29, 2011 12:31 am
 

Video: Brendan Smith hit on Ben Smith

By: Adam Gretz

Thanks to Wednesday's preseason game between Chicago and Detroit, which the Blackhawks won 4-3, Brendan Shanahan has yet another hit to look at and decide if the hammer once again needs to dropped.

With the game tied, 3-3, early in the third period, Chicago's Ben Smith carried the puck into the offensive zone and tried to cut across the middle of the ice. At that point Detroit's Brendan Smith, who is fighting for a roster spot, connected on a hit that resulted in his ejection from the game (as well as a match penalty), while Smith was clearly shaken up and needed assistance in getting off the ice.  According to Rule 48, the Match Penalty can be issued if the referee, "in his judgement, feels the player attempted to or deliberately injured his opponent with an illegal check to the head."

Here's the video:



Was the head the principal point of contact? Was the head targeted? Did the puck-carrier put himself in that position, making it impossible for the defender to avoid the contact? These are the questions that Shanahan will have to answer when it comes to handing out any potential discipline.

According to Chicago Sun Times reporter Adam Jahns, via Twitter, Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville said the referees said it's the type of hit that is trying to be taken out of the game. Again, from Jahns: "Both referees said that's a classic example of what we're talking about, that's the illegal hit. It's pretty black & white"

Here's what Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock had to say following the game:
"I don't doubt his shoulder hit his head. Is there any responsibility on the puck-carrier, toe-dragging, sliding sideways, to look after himself? Is there or no? It doesn't appear like there is anymore, is there? You come across the middle toe-dragging like this (has head down, looking at puck), jumping up, and you get dinged ... and I'm not saying our guy isn't guilty, because the shoulder hit his head ... you better not put yourself in those situations is what I would say. There will be a video report on it tomorrow, I'm sure."
Chris Neil avoided a suspension for a play that involved Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski on Tuesday night. We should find out soon enough whether or not Smith can as well. Based on the comments from Quenneville, it's not looking good for him.

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Posted on: September 14, 2011 9:36 am
 

Daily Skate: Belak's depression; Blues update

By Brian Stubits

BELAK'S DEPRESSION: Here is a very powerful piece written by Michael Landsberg at TSN, a good friend to the late Wade Belak. It's a terrific read that gives a closer look into each of their issues with depression, offering up a different perspective. Really worth a read.

ST. LOUIS SALE: The Blues are still searching for a new ownership group as Dave Checketts tries to separate himself from the franchise. A new and promising group has emerged (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) to possibly push this sale closer to a reality. The group, led by Calgary businessman and former Coyotes suitor Max Chambers, includes six-time Cup winner Bryan Trottier.

TWEET BEAT: Do you enjoy following some of the Flyers on Twitter like Ilya Bryzgalov or James van Riemsdyk? They might not be entertaining as much in the coming months. The Flyers are cracking down on how much the players Tweet during "business hours" as prospect Zac Rinaldo recently found out (from Puck Daddy/Courier Times).

QUITE A PAIR: Welcome to Detroit, Ian White. The defenseman is getting a nice signing bonus, opening training camp as the defensive partner of Nicklas Lidstrom. The other Red Wings pairings will be Brad Stuart with Niklas Kronwall then Mike Commodore will join forces with Brendan Smith when camp opens.

THE FIGHT GOES ON: The fight over fighting in the NHL has grown to an all-time high this offseason. Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun is one of those who would like to see the pugilism expunged from the sport, but believes the only way that will get done is with a strong-willed GM.

SPECIAL DELIVERY: It's awesome enough when your season tickets arrive at your house, nothing gets the blood pumping quite like seeing your admission slips. Now just imagine those season tickets being delivered by none other than Sidney Crosby? That's what a few Penguins fans got to experience.

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Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:13 am
Edited on: August 18, 2011 10:44 am
 

Daily Skate: Nylander invited to Flyers camp

By: Adam Gretz

NYLANDER GETS AN INVITE: Michael Nylander last played in the NHL during the 2008-09 season, and he's going to have a chance to make a return this season as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers announced on Wednesday that they've given Nylander an invite on a pro tryout contract. He's played 15 seasons in the NHL for seven different teams and scored 209 goals. During his last appearance in '08-09 he scored nine goals in 72 games as a member of the Washington Capitals. Over the past two seasons he's spent time in the American Hockey League with the Grand Rapids Griffins and Rochester Americans, as well as some time in his native Sweden playing for Jokerit.

SMITH WILL GET A CHANCE IN DETROIT: The Detroit Red Wings lost Brian Rafalski to retirement this offseason which is a rather large blow to their defense. Nicklas Lidstrom is returning for another year, and as good as he still is, he's certainly not getting any younger. It's time for some of the young guys to make their presence felt, and one player that's going to get a long look in training camp is Brendan Smith, the teams first-round pick in 2007. Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press takes a look at whether or not he'll be ready for the NHL this season.

EHRHOFF IS READY TO HANDLE THE EXPECTATIONS: Who is the highest paid defenseman in the NHL this season? That would be Buffalo Sabres rearguard Christian Ehrhoff, who is set to pull in $10 million this season. That makes him not only the highest paid defenseman, but also one of the highest paid players in the league. With that comes plenty of expectations, and the veteran seems ready for all of it according to Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News.

BOEDKER REPORTEDLY RE-SIGNS IN PHOENIX: The Phoenix Coyotes re-signed Mikkel Boedker on Wednesday night according to TSN's Bob McKenzie. In three seasons the former first-round pick has scored 16 goals and recorded 45 points in 126 games.

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