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Shanahan says no suspension for Weise, Carter

Dec 27, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan was busy yesterday reviewing controversial hits by Vancouver’s Dale Weise, Carolina’s Ryan Carter and Colorado’s Cody McLeod.

At the time of writing, two have been declared suspension-free.

First, Weise’s hit on Edmonton’s Alex Plante (FF to 7:50)

The hit earned Weise a five-minute charging major and game misconduct. Here’s what the involved parties had to say:

Weise: “Things happen so fast. I thought I caught him with a shoulder. He kind of went in with a vulnerable position. I respect the call. …I was getting in. I was just trying to angle him off and I caught him in a vulnerable position.”

Tom Renney: “Pretty tough hit. Maybe a little sabbatical. He came pretty hard. He had a pretty full head of steam up.  And he was after one thing, and that was to hurt and hit the kid.”

Next up, New Jersey’s Ryan Carter on Carolina’s Jaroslav Spacek. No video available, but here’s the photographic aftermath:


(courtesy US Presswire)

Carter got five and a game for boarding while Spacek appeared no worse for wear, returning to the contest and finishing with 17:38 of ice time.

“I think the league will take a look at it but it’s not really for me to worry about. It’s kind of out of my control,” Carter told the Star-Ledger following the game. “I thought he was going to play the puck along the wall and continue it. That would’ve opened him up but the puck bounced right at his feet so he turned back the other way.”

The third and final incident is Colorado’s Cody McLeod hitting Minnesota’s Jared Spurgeon from behind, which occurred roughly five minutes into the game:

McLeod was given a five-minute major for checking from behind and a game misconduct; Spurgeon left the game and didn’t return. Kent Youngblood of the Minnesota Star-Tribune reports that Spurgeon wasn’t on the ice at practice today, which probably pissed off head coach Mike Yeo.

Check that, pissed Yeo off even more. Here’s what he had to say following last night’s contest:

“I didn’t like the hit one bit,” Yeo said. “They hit him from behind two shifts before that, and I thought that one could have been called, too. I thought that one was dangerous. So twice … five minutes into the game?”

Still no word on what McLeod’s fate will be.

  1. haterzgonahate - Dec 27, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Canucks need to toughen up

    • elvispocomo - Dec 27, 2011 at 2:01 PM

      So are you suggesting we hit more/harder/dirtier than Weise’s hit last night? That seems rather stupid, considering anything more than what already happened likely would have been suspendable. Maybe the Canucks should get tougher like the Oilers and see if they’ll give them Andy Sutton for someone soft, like Mason Raymond?

      For the record, I thought (and still think) the hit was shoulder and shoulder and McLeod turns his shoulders slightly just prior when he tries to send the puck around the boards. I can see the reaction of the refs to think ‘penalty’ but didn’t agree with the 5 and game.

      • elvispocomo - Dec 27, 2011 at 2:03 PM

        Sorry, typed McLeod instead of Plante in the second paragraph.

  2. warpstonebc - Dec 27, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    The McLeod hit is the worst of the lot. You could argue the other two are hockey hits gone wrong but the McLeod hit is what makes me cringe. We’re trying to get our kids to avoid paralyzing each other with neck breaking pushes into the boards. You would hope the NHL does the same.

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