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Marchand gets max fine for slew-footing

Dec 12, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

The NHL has announced that Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been fined $2,500 — the maximum allowable under the CBA — for slew-footing Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen on Monday:

Even though it looked like a dirty piece of business, the slew-foot only netted Marchand a two-minute tripping minor.

It’s possible that Brendan Shanahan’s decision to fine Marchand — and not suspend him — could come under some scrutiny. Noseface is a repeat offender (he received a two-game suspension for elbowing RJ Umberger in the head last season) and in 2009, then-Anaheim forward Evgeny Artyukhin received a three-game suspension…for slew-footing Matt Niskanen, ironically enough.

(Though as our very own Jason Brough just pointed out, not all slew foots are created equal.)

  1. Jason Brough - Dec 12, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    I would’ve suspended Marchand though. That was garbage.

    • haterzgonahate - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:09 PM

      but then you’d be accused of homer-ism being from Vancouver and all…

      where’s the story on Foligno’s leg stomp? or the Refs forgetting to blow the whistle in the same game during a delayed penalty in which Luongo left his crease, went to the bench, only to realize.. “that was a delayed penalty on us?” .. what’s up with that??

  2. haterzgonahate - Dec 12, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    oh really? the league was lenient on a Bruin? huh… weird.

    DA KILLA BEES!!!!!

    fack off!

    • imleftcoast - Dec 12, 2011 at 7:20 PM

      that’s not hockey you f’ing beaner

      • haterzgonahate - Dec 13, 2011 at 6:05 PM

        Wut? who you calling a beaner? lol

  3. govtminion - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Bruins fan here- I’d have given him a couple of games off for that.

  4. F4S Leigh - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    What a shocking development, the league being lenient on the Bruins.

    Every time I wonder if I’m biased… something like this happens. I actually hope it keeps up, by the end of the year the pattern will be clear as day.

    Slew-footing and spearing, two dirtiest plays in hockey… yeesh….

    • drewsylvania - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:17 PM

      Worse than headshot? Riiight.

      • jpelle82 - Dec 12, 2011 at 8:13 PM

        way worse than headshot in my opinion

  5. drewsylvania - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    I thought the league differentiated between head hits and other types of “dirty” plays.

  6. drewsylvania - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    Is there precedent for suspensions on slew-footing?

    • taytay099 - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:29 PM

      Usually when it ends up with a knee injury.

      • drewsylvania - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:43 PM

        That’s how it seemed to me, as well. I don’t remember any slew-foots that got suspensions otherwise.

  7. pens919209 - Dec 12, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Slew footing, like skate stomping and elbows to the head, is just plain dirty. Anyone who does it should get a fine at the very least. Hopefully the league will realize how dirty of a play it is and start cracking down.

    Then again, this is the NHL we’re talking about. Any crackdown would probably last two weeks before being forgotten about.

  8. bcjim - Dec 12, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    He needs a 10 min major for frightening women and children every game he step on ice with a non tinted full face visor on.

    • govtminion - Dec 13, 2011 at 10:00 AM

      If we’re going that route, I demand a two game suspension for his rapping skills in the offseason.

  9. billsin20xx - Dec 12, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    That profile pic sure does look like a mug shot!

    When are the gm’s around the league going to let Shanahn know the Bruins deserve to be punished the same as everybody else?

    • drewsylvania - Dec 12, 2011 at 9:35 PM

      Maybe if Lindy whines some more….

  10. 8man - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Noseface? Isn’t that a bit harsh? Cracking on someone’s beak? What is this, second grade?

    Either way, it’s a dangerous thing to do to any skater, whether it’s intentional or not. You have to be responsible for your stick and your skates. The suspension tells me Marchand acted irresponsibly, but that there didn’t appear to be any malicious intent. He needs to learn to play smarter.

    • 8man - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:51 AM

      I stand corrected. No suspension, maximum fine.

      • imleftcoast - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:33 PM

        It’s hard to believe, but you have to bear in mind that he plays on Greg Campbell’s team.

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