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Paging Shanahan: Deveaux delivers ugly hit to Fleischmann’s head

Nov 23, 2011, 11:13 PM EDT

Andre Deveaux, David Clarkson AP

NHL disciplinarian may have had a brief respite earlier this month, but the league’s players are doing their best to ensure his job security lately. In the latest reviewable offense, Rangers forward Andre Deveaux delivered a headshot to Florida’s dynamic forward Tomas Fleischmann during Florida’s 2-1 victory over New York.

Deveaux received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for an intentional hit to the head. Meanwhile, Tomas Fleischmann went to the locker room and missed the entire five-minute power play, but returned before the second period ended. The most important thing is that Fleischmann looks like he may have escaped serious injury: but it originally looked like it could be much worse.

It wasn’t just the dirty play, but it was unfortunate that Deveaux decided to deck Fleischmann. He had just set up a beautiful goal earlier in the second period when he deked around Artem Anisimov and dished the puck to a loaded Kris Versteeg. No surprise there: the Versteeg/Fleischmann/Weiss line has been one of the best trios in the entire league this season. No one every wants to see an injury—and the league has had enough of their highly skilled players laid out by “lesser” talented players.

After the game, Rangers coach John Tortorella didn’t have much to add: “It’s not up to me. It’s a penalty. It’s not up to me what happens from there.”

No, it’s up to Brendan Shanahan. Principle point of contact was the head? Check. Elbow to the head? Check. Suspension? Pending. Deveaux might be out for a while. Check it out for yourself and let us know what you think in the comments.

  1. trbowman - Nov 23, 2011 at 11:17 PM

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  2. stakex - Nov 23, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    The only thing thats going to keep this from being a very long suspension is that Fleischmann did not appear to be injured on the play. Not to mention Deveaux has no record.

    Still though, it was a very not cool hit… and Deveaux should def see 2-3 game suspension for this.

    • obamablowz - Nov 24, 2011 at 1:20 PM

      “The only thing thats going to keep this from being a very long suspension is that Fleischmann did not appear to be injured on the play. Not to mention Deveaux has no record.”

      Wouldn’t that be TWO things?

  3. wborocrew - Nov 24, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    Are you kidding me VS? There may have been intent to elbow and a glancing blow to the head, but the bulk of the blow was to the shoulder. Watch the replay from behind Flash. If his head doesn’t embelish backward and he doesn’t stay down, this isn’t called. Nothing compared to any Stevens hit to anybody’s head (Kariya).
    Versus does another great job of jumping on one side. ‘No question.’ Yeah, there is a question. Watch the play from behind Flash.
    Similarly, when Philly threw a tantrum over Tampa’s defense, VS jumped all over Tampa Bay. Plenty of teams play a neutral zone lock. But the Flyers threw a tantrum and VS has ‘no question’ who is at fault. Like a defense in football playing a prevent D and the offense refusing to do anything because they don’t like what the other team is doing.
    Thanks for your coverage, I’ll be watching NHL network.

    • stakex - Nov 24, 2011 at 1:07 AM

      I’ll agree with you when it comes to the Tampa 1-3-1. An effective defense should never be a bad thing…

      However, your wrong on this hit. Watch the entire video, which includes a slow motion close up here:

      There is no question this was an intentional head shot with the elbow, and I really don’t think Fleischmann embelished it (let me elbow you to the head at that speed and we’ll see if your head snaps backwards). After all, he missed the entire power player while being checked out after the hit. If he was just looking for a call, he would have certainly been back on the ice right away.

      Like it or not, this was a legit brain lapse by Deveaux. I really don’t get what the Rangers see in him anyway, and wish they would just send him back down to the minors.

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