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Ville Leino is absolutely going to get a call from Brendan Shanahan

Dec 8, 2011, 7:31 AM EDT

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We’ve waited all season to see who would be┬áthe first player to really test Brendan Shanahan’s nerve with a dirty hit or play, and we might have our answer already.

During the third period of Buffalo’s loss to Philadelphia, Ville Leino got away with an attempt to hit Flyers rookie Matt Read in the head with a rather Matt Cooke-like elbow. Sorry Pens fans, that’s just the description that works best.

Read had the puck at his feet in the zone with his head down when Leino skated past him sticking his elbow out and just missing connecting directly with Read’s head. Leino wasn’t penalized for the play and Read was uninjured by the glancing blow, but the intent to connect with Read’s head was all there.

See for yourself.

If ever there was a hit that fit perfectly under what Shanahan wants eliminated from the game, this is it. That kind of chicken wing elbow to another player’s head is wrong and expect Leino to get suspended merely for the gross intent he had on the play.

  1. michiganhockey11 - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    Sorry Leino, you’re going to have some free time on your hands over the next few days. That darn near could have been lethal if he would have connected 100%.

  2. canucks18 - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Leino what were you thinking??? That’s got to be about the dumbest attempt I have seen this year… What a moron, I hope he gets the book thrown at him!!!

    • michiganhockey11 - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:16 AM

      I bet he doesn’t get as many games as we think because it was a glancing blow (“tis a scratch!”).

      I’ll say 2-3 games. If he would have really connected, 4-6

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    I’m surprised by two things. One, that Leino even thought of doing that and two, that none of the officials on ice didn’t see it. Shannanban time.

    • michiganhockey11 - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:44 AM

      I agree, his elbow sticking out was as obvious as a car driving down the highway with the driver-side door open.

  4. bchaz19 - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    This guy was an underachieving, lazy dirtbag in Detroit and it’s nice to see the Flyers and Sabers are find out the same thing. This guy is an overrated AHLer at best. Get him out of the NHL.

    • michiganhockey11 - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:10 AM

      *in all honesty, he did put up decent numbers in Philly during their playoff run when they went to the finals. A lot better than he did in Detroit.

  5. buffsabrefan10 - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    What i think about this decission i think Leino will only get a 1-2 games but he might not even get theat he didnt even connect they should just give him a fine maybe he would learn and if he doesnt then suspend him but he missed sooooo….

  6. flyeredup2 - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    We were so happy to see him go! He only had good numbers because of the line he played on, he can’t create for himself, holds the puck too long, turns the puck over way too much, and is out of position most of the time.

    That was a really dumb move, but not sure he will get anything out of it. Like most things he tries to do, even an attempt at throwing an elbow ended in failure.

  7. mojosmagic - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Gutless. I never saw this wuss drop his gloves like a real man. I think the next time he plays in Philly he should have his empty head on a swivel.

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