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Report: Todd Bertuzzi won’t face fine or suspension Ryan Johnson hit

Mar 29, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

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It might have taken off a piece of Ryan Johnson’s ear, but Todd Bertuzzi‘s errant elbow will not bring any additional discipline Bertuzzi’s way, according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

LeBrun reports that there won’t be a meeting with the league and “no further discipline is planned” for Bertuzzi.

This might come as a surprise for some, especially those who wanted a substantial suspension such as Steve Lepore from Versus. The NHL discipline system’s many critics will wonder if Matt Cooke‘s hefty suspension was just an aberration, especially since Bertuzzi’s career has a serious elephant in the room.

On the other hand, there may be just as many people who agree with LeBrun’s assessment that the hit was more “clumsy/stupid” than vicious.

Personally, I think that a one-game suspension might have been appropriate considering the way Bertuzzi delivered the blow (he appeared to leave his feet and turned his back to Johnson). To his credit, Bertuzzi has maintained a pretty clean record since the awful Steve Moore incident, so he might be a “repeat offender” but some may wonder if the statute of limitations ran out on that to some extent.

It wasn’t an egregious hit, but maybe a light additional punishment would have been appropriate, even if Johnson wasn’t injured by the check.

Anyway, how do you feel about the lack of an additional punishment? He did receive a five-minute major (which could have hurt his team in that game) and a game misconduct (almost giving him a one-game suspension, in a way), so it’s not like he didn’t receive discipline at all. Let us know how you feel about it in the comments.

  1. ihateannouncers - Mar 29, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Certainly looks like an elbow to the head while leaving his feet in the replay. Seems like at least a one or two game suspension is warranted. The league seems to have no clear guidance when it comes to these types of hits.

  2. volcom2143 - Mar 29, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Bertuzzi is a goon

    • polegojim - Mar 29, 2011 at 9:48 PM

      He’s done everything he could to live down a foolish moment.

      He’s still playing very good hockey, and NEEDS to be HITTING JUST LIKE THAT, game in and game out.

      Suggestion: If Bert’s on the ice LOOK UP when you’re skating with the puck. Novel idea.

      • ven9898 - Mar 29, 2011 at 10:22 PM

        You sir, are a moron. He needs to be hitting guys with elbows up and with his back to them? Where did you learn about hockey? Go deal with basketball if you want dirty, sissy play. Thanks.

      • polegojim - Mar 30, 2011 at 10:40 AM

        Childish insults aren’t necessary, this is a debate but… enjoy during your youth.

  3. stakex - Mar 29, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Eh, it was a questionable hit… but it seemed like an accident more than anything. If you watch the hit closely, the principle point of contact is not the head…. Bertuzzi’s elbow actually hit Johnsons shoulder and rode up into his head. Thats probably why there was no suspension. Not to mention Johnson sorta ducked right into it in an effort to avoid the hit.

    It wouldn’t have been a shock to see a one game given the attention on headshots right now… but I’m fine with no suspension for this hit.

  4. 807livernois - Mar 29, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Bertuzzi has been a “wuss” since the Moore incident. No longer plays with an edge but more tentative. He could be a lot better and effective with his old edge without being dirty. I think he’s paranoid. The hit was clearly accidenatal and I dont think he expected Johnson to duck after he had already committed. I think Bert was “coached” to start using the body and now look what happened. – Freaky. I agree with Johnson -= There wasno intent to injure

  5. polegojim - Mar 29, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    Absolutely right 807. For Crying out Loud You WHINERS out there…

    FACING FORWARD and NOT LOOKING UP ICE isn’t Todd Bertuzzi’s fault.

    That was an EXCELLENT HOCKEY PLAY and HIT by Todd Bertuzzi. Legal hit-right in the mans face.

    How much more FACING FORWARD does a guy need to be, EH?

    Go back into your closet and put on your dresses – Suggestion: watch The Knitting Channel.

    • ven9898 - Mar 29, 2011 at 10:23 PM

      Rule 48, you can’t target a players head you tool. Learn the game before you comment, beat off.

      • polegojim - Mar 30, 2011 at 10:39 AM

        Ouch – such hostility and passion from a hockey pacificst?

        He didn’t charge the head, Johnson looked DOWN.

        Again, Hockey101 and any age: Keep your head up. Learn the game before you play, lest you end up with half an ear too.

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