Posted on: December 14, 2011 9:44 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2011 9:52 pm
By: Adam Gretz
Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid was ejected late in the second period of their game in Ottawa on Wednesday night for kneeing Senators forward Nick Foligno with less than five minutes to play in the period. Along with the game misconduct he was also issued a five-minute major for kneeing, and always, there's a good chance it's going to get additional review from the NHL.
Foligno was able to return to the game.
Just last week the NHL issued a four-game suspension to Colorado's Kevin Porter for his knee-on-knee hit against Vancouver's David Booth. Booth is expected to miss four-to-six weeks with a sprained MCL. Prior to that incident Edmonton's Ryan Whitney avoided any discipline for his knee-on-knee collision with Minnesota's Cal Clutterbuck.
What do you say, hockey fans? Is the major and a game misconduct enough of a punishment, or does McQuaid sit for a couple of games?
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Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:14 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 7:24 pm
It was ugly, nasty and was a hit that has no place in hockey. Even worse, it resulted in Booth spraining his MCL and he'll miss the next 4-6 weeks as a result.
Here is the recap of the decision from discipline chief Brendan Shanahan.
This is the first time Shanahan has issued a suspension for kneeing, but if any was worth it, this was. As Shanahan points out, there were a couple of clear factors for the large suspension. First of all, Porter comes from a good ways with his leg fanned out. Secondly, Booth makes no alterations to his path that would lead to accidental contact or anything.
Booth's injury also played a role.
I'm pleasantly surprised. I was a bit skeptical that Shanahan would issue a suspension for this hit, but obviously he did. It was cheap and a message needed to be sent.
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:34 pm
By: Adam Gretz
It appears that Brendan Shanahan's schedule is full. Again.
Not only does he have to deal with (we're assuming) Edmonton's Andy Sutton for his hit on Alexei Ponikarovsky during Wednesday's game, it's also been announced that Buffalo's Ville Leino and Colorado's Kevin Porter will have disciplinary hearings for seperate incidents over the past couple of days.
As always, it's important to keep in mind that a hearing does not mean a suspension is automatic, but it sure seems like it's possible.
Porter is being called in for his knee-on-knee hit against the Vancouver Canucks that resulted in David Booth being sidelined for the next four-to-six weeks with a sprained MCL. There was a debate as to whether or not he would face any supplemental discipline, and the fact Booth is going to be out of the lineup for an extended period of time is not a positive development for Porter.
He was issued a five-minute major and a game misconduct for kneeing.
Leino, meanwhile, is having a hearing because of an elbow he delivered to the head of Philadelphia's Matt Read during the Sabres 5-4 overtime loss to the Flyers on Wednesday night. He was not penalized on the play, but when watching the video, it's not hard to see why Shanahan wants to have a word with him, as he deliberately stuck his elbow out and made contact with Read's head as he skated past him.
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:54 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 8:57 pm
By: Adam Gretz
During their 6-0 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night, Vancouver Canucks forward David Booth was injured when he was on the receiving end of a knee-on-knee hit from Kevin Porter. Porter was issued a five-minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct, and the discussion as to whether or not he'll face any discipline from the NHL has already started.
Booth, meanwhile, is going to miss an extended period of time as it was announced on Wednesday night by head coach Alain Vigneault that the forward has a sprained MCL and is expected to be out of the lineup for at least four-to-six weeks.
The Canucks acquired Booth earlier this season in a multi-player trade with the Florida Panthers, picking him up when his value was at its lowest point and taking the chance that he would regain his top-line form in Vancouver. After a slow start he had started to pick up his production in recent weeks with five points over his past six games, including a three-point effort during a 5-1 against the Calgary Flames on Sunday.
In 19 games since the trade he's scored five goals to go with 12 assists after recording just one assist in six games with the Panthers to open the season. He's scored at least 20 goals three times including a career-high 31 during the 2008-09 season.
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Posted on: December 7, 2011 3:18 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 3:23 pm
On Sunday, Vancouver Canucks winger David Booth had one of his hits scrutinized, his collision with Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff in Vancouver's win. He was eventually cleared despite a lot of similarities to the hit that got the Predators forward Jordin Tootoo a two-game ban.
A game later and now a hit against Booth is going to get the ol' Shanahan review.
Porter was given a five-minute major and game misconduct. Worse, though, is the fact that Booth appeared to have sustained a bad injury on the play. He limped his way off the ice with help, unable to put much pressure down on his injured leg. MRIs are scheduled for Wednesday to determine the severity of the injury. Hopefully for Booth, it's just a situation of a bruised knee cap.
The question now turns to how many games will he be given in the form of a suspension, if any?
Keep in mind that so far, Shanahan has issued suspensions or fines for a lot of different dangerous plays, but none of them have been kneeing. So there isn't a precedent to speak of for Shanny on this one. Actually, there is a precedent, it's that he hasn't done anything with it in the past. There was a previous kneeing incident this season featuring Ryan Whitney of the Oilers taking out Minnesota Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck. Nothing came of it.
They are both (referring to Porter's and Whitney's hits) dirty and, to me at least, are just about as bad as hits to the head. There is no place for this kind of play. I suppose you can argue that the kneeing is unintentional, but that's going to happen when you try and slide into the skater's path with bowed out legs.
If I were to venture a guess, I would say this like does not get Porter any additional punishment. Until I see an instance of kneeing being penalized by Shanahan, then I'll sing a different tune.
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:44 pm
We had more goalies being run into on Sunday night. Of course it happened between two teams that don't like each other all that much (you could probably say that about any pair of Canadian teams).
On the play the Canucks' Jannik Hansen was driving to the net and being chased by Tom Kostopoulos. Both guys eventually go down and Kostopulous slid right into Karlsson who immediately began grabbing at what appeared to be his knee. Karlsson left the game after the hit and limped toward the locker room.
This was just an unfortunate accident, a little friendly fire. Seemed to be nothing more than a freak play leaving a player perhaps injured, we'll know more later how seriously.
But then Miikka Kiprusoff came on to relieve Karlsson and, wouldn't you know it, he was run into too.
This time the hit was actually levied by an opponent as David Booth tried to cross in front of the crease but was held up by Joe Piskula and was left with nowhere else to go. So he ran into Kiprusoff.
Of course, a melee ensued. The Flames were already being beat and lost a goalie from a hit, so they took exception to this one. Plus, it really didn't look good for Booth, who seemed to follow through the impact high. Granted, it looks worse than it was, but with the heightened sense of protection around the goalies right now, it will raise some eyebrows.
You just know that this will remain a hot topic until something is done about it. What, I'm not entirely sure. But there is a lot of clamoring for clarification of the rules if nothing else. Soon they will be protected with the same ferocity that we see in football with the quarterbacks.
Posted on: December 2, 2011 10:27 am
Edited on: December 2, 2011 4:46 pm
First, defenseman Willie Mitchell left the game after one shift. Just 51 seconds of ice time and his night was done. The team didn't disclose anything about the injury after the game other than the fact that Mitchell had a lower-body injury. I think right now 85 percent of injuries in hockey are being disclosed either as upper-body or lower-body injuries.
However it was the injury to Mike Richards that has caught everybody's attention. People were wondering if it will catch Brendan Shanahan's eye, too. The answer is no. The league viewed the hit as a body check that just happened to have contact with the head.
Late in the second period, Richards was by the side boards in the same part of the ice as the Panthers' Sean Bergenheim and the puck. You can guess that the two made some contact. After the hit from Bergenheim, Richards seemed dazed for a moment before trying to chase down Bergenheim for the rest of his shift.
Richards received a double-minor (slashing then roughing) and Bergenheim took a minor (roughing). But Bergenheim was not penalized for the initial hit. Jarret Stoll also took a roughing minor and the Panthers had a four-minute power play, on which they didn't score.
But the biggest part was the fact that Richards didn't play after taking this double minor. When the third period began, he wasn't in the penalty box to serve the remainder of his penalty. Instead, he never returned to the bench. While the team wouldn't confirm, the L.A. Kings on-ice reporter on the TV broadcast said that he was being evaluated and sure made it sound like he was getting the mandatory quiet time after questionable hits.
"We haven't got a full report yet," coach Terry Murray said after the game. "The doctors and trainers are busy evaluating them, and they'll probably let me know a little bit more before I get away tonight. We'll have a better idea tomorrow."
Now it's tomorrow and here comes the part where Kings fans hold their breath. Richards will be placed on injury reserve, meaning he will be out for a minimum of a week. Mitchell won't go on IR, but he is expected to be out for a couple games, too.
So the question is ... dirty hit? The hit sure didn't seem like it in real time. There was nothing that really stuck out about the hit until you see the replay. Bergenheim did hit Richards on the chin with his shoulder, but it's tough for me to argue that was the intent or that it was even principle point of contact. The hit went through Richards' arm and Richards seems to be leaning forward a little at the time of impact making what seemed like a shoulder-to-shoulder hit turn into shoulder-to-chin. Bergenheim certainly didn't see anything wrong.
“It was almost like having the dirtiest hit on Wayne Gretzky," Bergenheim told Harvey Filakov of the Sun-Sentinel. “Keep your head up. He’s a physical player himself and has done some fairly dirty stuff. Actually the Booth hit under today’s standard would probably be a pretty long suspension. It was a perfect hit right in the chest."
The Booth hit is in reference to the shot then-Flyers captain Richards laid on former Panthers forward David Booth that cost Booth a good amount of time. So while very, very few players remain from that Florida team three seasons ago -- pretty much only Stephen Weiss -- the fans at least saw it as some retribution.
Hopefully, Richards is OK and suffered more from a minor neck injury instead of a concussion. That's the first order of business.
The second order ... should Bergenheim have heard from Shanahan? I think I made my stance clear (if I didn't then my answer is clear here: No), what's your take?
Posted on: October 24, 2011 6:03 pm
David Booth met the Vancouver media for the first time since his surprising trade to the Canucks on Saturday. Let's just say it was a far cry from an attention standpoint than any interview he did in Florida.
“No, maybe for the Miami Dolphins, but not for the Florida Panthers," Booth joked.
Much was made over the weekend about Booth reportedly shedding some tears when he was told of the news. Inevitably, the jokes about tears of joy for leaving Florida poured in, but Booth explained why it was so tough for him to hear he was leaving Florida.
"It was an emotional time for me," Booth said. "I live with my brother down in Florida and it's hard to leave him. He's one year younger than me and I grew up my whole life with him.
"It was tough to say goodbye and it is going to be tough for a while.
"I am very close to my family. My dad was down there, too, for the weekend and I'm glad he was. It was good to see him. I have another brother and I am very close with him. My little sister is 16 and a hockey player and she wears No. 7. That's why I chose to be No. 7."
One thing that will help him adapt will be some familiar faces in Vancouver, particularly those who he'll be sharing a line with. Booth goes way back with Ryan Kesler as the two played together growing up in the Detroit area. The other member of his line, Chris Higgins, spent time with the Panthers last season before he, too, was traded to Vancouver. Add in Byron Bitz, Alexander Sulzer and Keith Ballard -- all of whom had stints in Florida recently -- and Booth rightfully joked that if he began the season in Vancouver, he probably would have known more teammates there than in Florida.
As for why he thought he was traded from Florida, where he seemed to be a franchise cornerstone?
“I know they’re turning around the organization. It takes some time. [GM Dale Tallon] has his way of doing things and I wasn’t part of it. That’s all right. You can’t please everybody. ... There are 28 other teams I could’ve went to. I’m glad I came here."
For those counting at home, that leaves Stephen Weiss as the only player who played significant time with the Panthers during the 2008-09 season.
Booth is scheduled to make his debut with the Canucks on Tuesday night in Edmonton.