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Tag:NHL Discipline
Posted on: October 3, 2011 9:09 am
Edited on: October 3, 2011 9:10 am

Daily Skate: Brouwer gets a look on top line

By: Adam Gretz

BROUWER EXPECTED TO BE CAPS' TOP LINE RIGHT WING It appears that Troy Brouwer is going to open the regular season for the Washington Capitals as their top line right wing, according to coach Bruce Boudreau. Said Boudreau, via Stephen Wyno of the Washington Times, “He's a physical presence. He hits, he forechecks well. He can make the play when he has time.” The Capitals acquired Brouwer on draft day in exchange for their first-round pick. In 79 games last season he scored 17 goals to go with 19 assists.

JULIEN: VERBAL ON-ICE TAUNTS CROSSING THE LINE We've had a couple of taunting incidents in the NHL over the past week, including fan-on-player and player-on-player. Bruins head coach Claude Julien is one person in the NHL that thinks some of the trash-talking is crossing the line. Here's what he had to say on the subject via Joe Haggerty of
“Whether that's been like that decades ago, I'm not quite sure. People are going after divorces or calling people certain names that I don't even want to allude to here,” said Julien. “But there is a fine line I think that has to exist. There's gamesmanship and then there's crossing the line. I think more and more, players today are going further than they used to so.

“You'd hope that it would be policed by [the players] and by having a little bit more respect for each other. They are part of a player's association, they should all be part of a group and there should be at least that kind of respect that exists. Some people are better at refraining themselves than others. You always have those other kind of guys whether the league needs to step into it . . . it's always a hard thing to prove. You know he said, she said and whatever. It's not an easy thing to tackle.”
COACH ALFREDSSON Daniel Alfredsson has been the best player for the Senators franchise since it entered the NHL back in 1993, and he's starting to get closer to the end of his career. He's starting to look forward to his post-playing days and one of the idea's that's at the top of his list is being a minor hockey coach. He talks about that, as well as being a "hockey dad," with Wayne Scanlan.

DO PRESEASON RECORDS MATTER? I typically fall on the side of "No," but Adrian Dater of the Denver Post examines whether or not the 1-4 record the Colorado Avalanche put up in the preseason means anything, and concludes that for this young Avalanche team, coming off a 29th place finish, it matters more than it would for, say, the Avs glory day teams.

NYQUIST SCORES TWO Gustav Nyquist scored a pair of goals for the Detroit Red Wings in their final preseason game on Sunday evening, a 3-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and his second goal, a power play tally in the second period, came on this nice give-and-go one-timer with Johan Franzen.

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Posted on: October 1, 2011 9:47 am
Edited on: October 1, 2011 3:20 pm

Clarke MacArthur suspended 2 games

By: Adam Gretz

Clarke MacArthur will be the latest player to make an appearance in a Brendan Shanahan discipline video, earning a two-game regular season ban for his hit on Detroit's Justin Abdelkader on Friday night during Toronto's 4-3 overtime win.

MacArthur had a disciplinary hearing at noon on Saturday, and it was determined at that point that it was, in fact, an illegal hit to the head.

This is what has drawn the attention of the NHL:

It's definitely not the worst hit we've seen this preseason, but it also appears that Abdelkader's head was the principal of contact.

MacArthur won't return to the Toronto lineup until Oct. 15 when they the Calgary Flames. According to an NHL release he will have to forfeit just a little over $35,000 in salary as a result of the suspension..

In his first year with the Maple Leafs last season he had a career year, scoring 21 goals to go with 41 assists in 82 games.

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Posted on: September 28, 2011 6:42 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2011 6:45 pm

No discipline for Chris Neil

By: Adam Gretz

During the third period of Toronto's 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night Chris Neil and Mikhail Grabovski were involved in a colission in the neutral zone that drew the attention of Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's director of player safety.

Grabovski, who scored a shorthanded goal and added two assists during the Toronto win, left the game briefly following the hit but was able to return after being examined for concussion-like symptoms.

On Wednesday it was reported, via TSN, that Shanahan did in fact review the play, but ultimately decided that it was not a violation of rule 48 and will not hand out any punishment to Neil, who was not penalized during the game.

The play occurred mid-way through third period while Grabovski did not have possession of the puck. It was certainly a borderline play that is open to debate as to whether or not Neil intentionally hit Grabovski, or if it was simply an accidental collission.

Grabovski was Toronto's third-leading scorer last season finishing with 29 goals and 29 assists in 81 games.

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Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:31 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2011 10:37 pm

Video: Chris Neil hit on Mikhail Grabovski

By: Adam Gretz

During the third period of the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night Chris Neil and Mikhail Grabovski were involved in a collision that will very likely get the attention of the NHL's new player safety boss, Brendan Shanahan, who has been giving out suspensions like they're burning in a hole in his pocket over the past week.

Based on what we've seen so far from Shanahan it's clear there is a new level of transparency when it comes to discipline from the league, with each suspension being accompanied by a video describing the play in detail and why he issued a certain punishment. The response from fans and media has been overwhelmingly positive, but there's also been a sense of, let's wait and see until he has to deal with something that's borderline.

The Neil-Grabovski play, which you can see below, might be that type of play depending on which team (or group of fans) that you ask.

Neil was not penalized for the hit, even though it took place while Grabovski did not have possession of the puck. The question becomes whether or not this was an accidental colission, or if Neil targeted Grabovski's head and violated rule 48.1, which could result in him becoming the next player to get a couple of games off without pay.

Grabovski left the game briefly and went to the locker room, but eventually returned to the Maple Leafs bench. He scored a shorthanded goal and added two assists during the game.

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Posted on: September 26, 2011 11:33 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2011 9:14 am

Avery says Simmonds called him homophobic slur


By: Adam Gretz

Less than a week ago Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds was on the receiving end of a racial taunt when somebody threw a banana peel at him during an exhibition game played in London, Ontario. Simmonds showed a great deal of maturity and class when talking about the incident after the game, and basically said that he allows things like that to roll off of his back and didn't really speak about it again.

On Monday night, during Philadelphia's 5-3 win over the New York Rangers, which featured a handful of intense moments, Rangers agitator and pest Sean Avery accused Simmonds of calling him a homophobic slur during one of the many heated exchanges that took place during the game.

The heated moment was caught on camera.

Simmonds claimed, via Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record, that he doesn't remember exactly what he said during the encouner.

Avery, who is paid to do whatever he can to get under the skin of his opponent and get them off their game, whether it be physically or verbally,  has a long history of controversial comments and actions, both on the ice and off of it.

A couple of examples: 1) He once called a press conference to talk about players dating his ex-girlfriends, resulting in a six-game suspension. 2) As a member of the Los Angeles Kings he was accused of making fun of one of his teammates, Dustin Brown, due to a lisp that had been with him since childhood. 3) He once forced the NHL to change its rules during a playoff series due to his decision to stand in front of Martin Brodeur, raise his arms in the air, and wave them back and forth. 

Yes, he's quite the character.

Off the ice he has been a vocal supporter of equal marriage rights and has spoken out in support of openly gay hockey players.

It remains to be seen whether or not the NHL will -- or can -- do anything, but in recent years the NBA has fined players such as Kobe Bryant and Joakim Noah for using homophobic slurs toward officials and fans. TSN's Bob McKenzie pointed out on Monday evening that the NHL's policy is to check with on-ice officials to see if they heard anything, and if not, nothing usually happens as far as discipline is concerned.

Of course, with Brendan Shanahan running things now you can probably throw the old policy out the window because he seems intent on dropping the hammer.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:04 pm

Video: Tom Sestito ejected for boarding

By: Adam Gretz

It seems one of two things is happening around the NHL this preseason: either players aren't aware that there is a new sherrif in town that is dropping the hammer in terms of discipline, or they're enjoying these suspension videos Brendan Shanahan is putting together as much as the rest of us (because they are awesome and extremely helpful).

During the Flyers 5-3 win over the New York Rangers on Monday night, Philadelphia's Tom Sestito received a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct for taking a run at Andre Deveaux of the New York Rangers. The hit resulted in a fight between Sestito and Stu Bickel.

Here's the video, via

And with that Shanahan gets more work and another Flyers player is likely to miss a bunch of regular season games. Jody Shelley was one of the first players to be issued supplemental discipline under Shanahan's watch, receiving a 10-game banishment (five preseason games and the first five games of the regular season) for his hit from behind on Darryl Boyce of the Toronto Maple Leafs last week. It appeared that Sestito's hit might have been worse, especially given how far across the ice he traveled to deliver the hit.

This game was an exhibition preview of the Winter Classic, which was officially announced earlier on Monday, and both teams showed that just because it doesn't count in the standings the still don't like each other all that much. Along with the Sestito boarding incident, the game also featured a fight between Dale Weise and Zac Rinaldo, while Max Talbot was sent off for boarding -- and the player on the receiving end of that hit was Deveaux, the player that was hit earlier in the game by Sestito.

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Posted on: September 26, 2011 8:22 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2011 9:51 am

James Wisniewski suspended 8 regular season games

By: Adam Gretz

The Columbus Blue Jackets will have to wait until the end of October to see one of their biggest offseason additions play a meaningful game.

Just hours after Minnesota's Brad Staubitz received a three-game banishment for an illegal check on Friday night, Brendan Shanahan announced that Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski will miss the rest of the preseason, as well as the first eight games of the regular season, for an illegal check to the head of Minnesota's Cal Clutterbuck in the same game.

The hit took place after the horn sounded to end the third period.

Shanahan explained that since the play was a violation of Rule 48.1, occured after the horn sound, and while Clutterbuck never had possession of the puck, he (Clutterbuck) should have had no reason to believe he was about to be checked at that moment, making him a defenseless player. He also pointed out that Wisniewski's four suspensions since March of 2008 season weighed heavily into his decision.

Wisniewski will not appear in a regular season game for the Blue Jackets until Oct. 25 when they host the Detroit Red Wings. His suspension will also force him to miss an early-season game against Clutterbuck and the Wild.

Said Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson in a statement released by the team, “The decision has been rendered and we will comply with the ruling made by the League."

After recording a career-high 51 points last season with the Islanders and Canadiens, the Blue Jackets acquired Wisniewski this summer and gave him a huge contract (six years, $33 million) to be one of their top defenseman.

Here's the video of the play, as well as Shanahan's explanation for the suspension.

Here's what Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel had to say about the suspension after Columbus' 3-1 loss to Washington on Monday night:

"Yeah, I found out about it between periods," said Arniel. "It was a tough one to swallow. Obviously the league has a mandate, you know they are trying to really set a tone early on in the season. It was harsh, it was very harsh. It was a lot harsher than I was expecting. But not much we can do about it. We have got to move forward. They have made their decision, we have already put our best foot forward when it came to our side of the story. Obviously the league felt that being a repeat offender and a blow to the head that that was the call that had to be made. So we'll live with it and move on."

And on whether or not it's a big blow to the Blue Jackets on and off the ice:

"Yeah, sure it is. It's 12 games in total, but eight games to start the season. You know how important getting off to a good start is. And Wiz being a new player, you want him to be a part of your mix through this exhibition. you want him to, Tyutin is his partner, you want to get that comfort level with the two of them playing together. Wiz wants to get his start to being a Columbus Blue Jacket off on a good note and obviously it's a little bit rocky right now. But he's got to move forward and learn from it."

EyeOnHockey's Brian Stubits contributed to this post

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Posted on: September 26, 2011 6:42 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 7:10 pm

Brad Staubitz suspended 3 regular season games

Staubitz1By: Adam Gretz

Brendan Shanahan announced on Saturday that Minnesota forward Brad Staubitz and Columbus defenseman James Wisniewski would be suspended indefinitely for two separate plays that occured in their preseason game on Friday night, which Minnesota won in overtime.

The hearings for both players took place on Monday, and it was announced in the evening that Staubitz has been suspended for the remainder of the preseason as well as Minnesota's first three games of the regular season for delivering an illegal hit on Columbus' Cody Bass. He will be eliglble to return to the Minnesota lineup on Thursday, Oct. 13 when the Wild host the Edmonton Oilers.

During the game on Friday Staubitz was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the hit.

Staubitz has spent three seasons in the NHL with Minnesota and the San Jose Sharks, scoring eight goals in 153 games. In 71 games last season for the Wild he averaged just a little over six minutes of ice time per game and scored four goals while recording a career-high 173 penalty minutes.

The suspension was announced by Shanahan in his latest video presentation that breaks down the hit and explains his reasoning for the suspension, and you can check it out by clicking right here. It's already the fourth suspension issued by Shanahan in the past week, as Staubitz joins Philadelphia's Jody Shelley, Calgary's Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond and Buffalo's Brad Boyes. Combined they've cost the aforementioned players nine regular season games.

Photo: Getty Images

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