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Bourque banned five games for elbowing Backstrom

Jan 4, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

Flames forward Rene Bourque has been suspended five games for elbowing Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom in the head on Tuesday.

The punishment will cost Bourque, a repeat offender, $203,252.05 in salary.

Or, to put it another way, he’ll forfeit the approximate cost of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG that Taylor Lautner bought in August. (Hey, search “$200,000 car” and that’s what comes up. Don’t blame me. Blame our celebrity-obsessed society.)

Anyway, here’s Brendan Shanahan explaining the suspension.

  1. movinonyoleft - Jan 4, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Good, what a cheap shot. Bourque is just pissed he will never be as good as Backstrom.

  2. acieu - Jan 4, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Shanny is the man. Good call!

  3. rgledz - Jan 4, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    If it was the Niklas Backstrom that plays for the Wild he wouldn’t have received a suspension. Wild players are fair game for any illegal hit.

    • farvefromover - Jan 4, 2012 at 9:56 PM

      bitch bitch bitch

  4. pens919209 - Jan 4, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Cruising through open ice with your elbow sticking out waiting to hit someone with it is a good way to get yourself a few games off. It’s also a good way to knock someone’s head off… and a cowardly play all around.

  5. rarelyshaves - Jan 4, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    shanahan can slob on it

    from his actions, its easily surmised that intentional hits are far less worthy of suspension than circumstantial ones

    yep, thatll teach ’em, shanny. hope my comments dont interrupt your candlelight dinner with torres, you utter clown

    • rarelyshaves - Jan 4, 2012 at 9:28 PM

      what i mean is this should have been an 8 gamer

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