Shea Weber fined for ramming Henrik Zetterberg's head into glass
Shea Weber will not be suspended for his end-game actions after Game 1 where he shoved Henrik Zetterberg's head into the glass. Instead he was fined $2,500 by the NHL on Thursday, the maximum allowed under the CBA.
Predators captain and star defenseman Shea Weber will not be suspended for his end-game actions after Game 1 where he shoved Henrik Zetterberg's head into the glass. Instead he was fined $2,500 by the NHL on Thursday, the maximum allowed under the CBA.
Before we go any further, here's a refresher on what happened at the end of the win over the Red Wings.
Here is what Brendan Shanahan had to say about the fine in the NHL's release.
"We felt this was a reckless and reactionary play on which Weber threw a glancing punch and then shoved Zetterberg's head into the glass," said NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Hockey Operations Brendan Shanahan. "We reached out to Detroit following the game and were informed that Zetterberg did not suffer an apparent injury and should be in the lineup for Game 2.
"This play and the fine that addressed it will be significant factors in assessing any incidents involving Shea Weber throughout the remainder of the playoffs."
So basically, do anything again Shea and then you're in trouble.
I understand this is the playoffs and all, but how on Earth does the NHL let him get away with this? Making matters worse -- only slightly, mind you -- is that Weber didn't have to serve any penalty for this. Sure, one was called, but it was as the clock expired. So all he gets from this is a $2,500 fine. For a guy making $7.5 million this season, I don't know if that even qualifies as chump change.
The biggest reason here why Weber isn't getting suspended is clearly the fact that Henrik Zetterberg wasn't seriously hurt on the play. I just really hate this criterion used by Brendan Shanahan and the NHL. You can't tell me that Weber didn't intend to hurt Zetterberg. Well you can, but I won't believe it. He first threw a punch at the back of Zetterberg's head and then, after missing, he took a less risky approach -- as far as missing is concerned -- and just decided to grab Zetterberg's head and shove it into the glass.
"I’m just glad he wasn’t hurt," Weber said on Thursday. "Like I said, we’re just focused on Game 2.
"The playoffs, everyone is excited and ramped up. I think emotions got the best of everyone. We expect a lot more discipline."
Well of course he's glad Zetterberg wasn't hurt. If he were then Weber would have been suspended. OK, I don't want to sound so callous that Weber wouldn't care about Zetterberg's well-being, but I'm just a little cynical at the moment.
Essentially the NHL is giving the OK for this type of play with no suspension on this play. Want to act out your fantasies of being a WWE wrestler and throwing your opponent's head into the turnbuckle? Go ahead, just don't actually hurt him! Take a look at one unnamed Devils player told Tom Gulitti about the Weber hit before any punishment was announced for Weber.
Devil player: “If they don’t do anything, what are they saying? That you can grab a guy and pile drive him.”— Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) April 12, 2012
Well in the end it ends up being a huge break for the Predators and Weber. His absence in a game or two could have been a major swing in the series.
I wonder how Red Wings coach Mike Babcock feels about this one after last night's critique.
Just to finish this off, you know it's bad when the General Manager of WWE's Raw and Smackdown John Laurinaitis is mocking you on Twitter.
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