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Bruins GM predictably gripes about Marchand suspension

Jan 9, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

Peter Chiarelli AP

Beauty might be in the eye of the beholder, but when it comes to justice in the NHL, a fair ruling certainly seems like a very “personal” experience too. Many hockey fans probably grimaced when they heard that Brad Marchand only received a five-game suspension for clipping Sami Salo, but to the surprise of no one, Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli isn’t happy with the ruling.

“While we respect the process that the Department of Player Safety took to reach their decision regarding Brad’s hit on Sami Salo, we are very disappointed by their ruling.

“While we understand that the Department of Safety is an evolving entity, it is frustrating that there are clear comparable situations that have not been penalized or sanctioned in the past.

“It is equally disappointing that Brad sought the counsel of the Department this past Fall for an explanation and clarification regarding this type of scenario so as to adjust his game if necessary. He was advised that such an incident was not sanctionable if he was protecting his own safety.  Given our feeling that Brad was indeed protecting himself and certainly did not clip the player as he contacted the player nowhere near the knee or quadricep, today’s ruling is not consistent with what the Department of Player Safety communicated to Brad.”

Well, at least he didn’t use the word “propaganda” in his statement. Read more Chiarelli anger regarding the situation here.

  1. mojosmagic - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Just shut the up Neanderthal.

    • gallyhatch - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:47 PM

      It’s kind of funny, you caling him a neanderthal, yet you can’t put together a complete sentence.

      Or was that a clever play on words to avoid swearing?

      Either way, it’s a really good comment!

  2. jdiddy82 - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    “… Given our feeling that Brad was indeed protecting himself and certainly did not clip the player as he contacted the player nowhere near the knee or quadricep…”

    soooooo, i’m not doctor, but where do they think they contacted him?

  3. mydadyourmom - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    He looks like the guy from Princess Bride.

    • imleftcoast - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:53 PM


    • dropthepuckeh - Jan 10, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      The part where the guy drinks from the Cup?

  4. imleftcoast - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    As Shanny pointed out in his video: Marchand just gone shoulder to shoulder with Salo, Salo was bracing for the same hit and made no indication that he was going to hurt Marchand, and Marchand was obviously agitated by the prior hit evidenced by the two punches. Chiarelli isn’t even passing the red-face test on this.

  5. porkcrisp - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    “Given our feeling that Brad was indeed protecting himself “? 16 seconds prior, he took the hit shoulder to shoulder. Very weak comment.

    • gallyhatch - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:01 PM

      He’s sticking up for his guy, and sticking to his (their) guns. I think it’s what a good GM should do.

      Behind closed doors I hope they tear Marchand a new a$$hole. You can point to his penalty directly for giving up the game on Saturday. And he brings a lot more to the team than just being a pest (which makes this so much more frustrating as a B’s fan). I really hope he learns from this.

      They will miss him over the next 5 games, I hope he smartens up.

      • drewsylvania - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:31 PM

        He and other players have pulled this type of hit before without penalty or suspension. Now, if he does it when he comes back, it’s a truly stupid move for his team.

  6. cowboys282 - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    So I guess Marchand should have let Salo hurt him? Is that the message the NHL is saying? That you cant protect yourself.

    • imleftcoast - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:26 PM

      The league is saying that it considered that defense, and found it to be baseless after watching the video of the 12 seconds that elapsed before the hit.

    • kitshky - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:45 PM

      “let Salo hurt him”!? The exact play happened seconds earlier and it played out the way it does countless times in a game, forward tries to get the puck out and D man steps down. Marchand doesnt like it and punches Salo in the head twice …

      The message the NHL is saying is that you should take a hit like a man and not ignore the puck and take out an unsuspecting player out at his knees.

      Nevermind the fact that Salo doesnt exactly punish people when he’s out there to begin with.

      • warpstonebc - Jan 10, 2012 at 3:24 AM

        The most amusing part of this otherwise awful incident is the attempt to somehow characterize Salo is a bloodthirsty hitter.

        Sami is quite possibly the most timid defenceman on the team. His nickname is “the owl” for goodness sake. I would love to see him put a bit of edge into his checks, but good luck with that. If anything, he’s the poor bastard who always gets the rough end of a hit and suffers lengthy injuries as a result. He could never have attempted to hurt Marchand. He doesn’t have the rat’s skill-set.

  7. jpelle82 - Jan 9, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    he got a break with the slew foot he gave niskanen earlier this year…how can you complain about this incident? you had to know the league was coming down on him, he didnt learn his lesson…the slew foot happened what a month ago maybe?

  8. ikillchicken - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    This is why I have no patience for the Bruins and their fans. They’re all just hypocrites. They constantly criticize the Canucks for being whiners and Mike Gillis for complaining to the media but the moment something doesn’t go Boston’s way their GM is right there in the news to whine about it too.

    • edrooney - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:27 PM

      Sure, THIS is the reason you have no patience for the Bruins or their fans.

      I am sure it has absolutely nothing to do with your team losing to them somewhere along the way, in some way shape or form.

    • drewsylvania - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:29 PM

      Uh, it’s the GM whining.

  9. tlndma - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    One things for sure, Salo will be more careful next time he comes down to hit Marchand. Salo has a concussion? Says who, those fine upstanding sportsmen from Vancouver? More likely he’s just embarrassed.

  10. drewsylvania - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    I don’t know who trolls worse: us, or the writers.

  11. drewsylvania - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Still don’t know why there’s no mention of the 6-on-1 or Salo trying to throw his stick into the stands.

    • kitshky - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:55 PM

      Oh. My. God. …you are something else.

      (You can FF to the 1:23 point if you like)

      Let’s do a play by play of this “spearing in the throat” attack and “6 on 1”.

      Thorton gives Burrows a lil slash on the ankle, Burrows turns and responds with poking his stick back at Thorton, Thorton waves his hand and the stick gets up around his face (dont even TRY and pretend he was “speared in the throat”). Thorton lunges at Burrows and punches him in the face in front of the bench. The Canucks do what any other team would have done and defend their 1st line winger …seconds later the Bruins do what any other team would do and defend their team mate. (that scenario is played out countelss times a season around the league) When you guys try and spin it that Thorton somehow got jumped by a gang of Canucks you lose credibility with pretty much everything else you say.

      As for this “throwing his stick into the crowd” …he was clearly pissed off, and frustrated, (concussed), and tossed his stick aside angrily. Totally out of character for Salo and any reasonable person should be able to determine that he wasnt intending to throw his stick into the crowd.

      • kitshky - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:58 PM

        Ah Fek ..thats the wrong link. Here’s the one I meant to put in there. (that was about how Raymonds hit was more defensive than Marchands ..for the record)

        Heres the right one

      • kitshky - Jan 9, 2012 at 9:00 PM

        Yes I thumb down-ed myself .. that was a lil embarrassing. (ha?)

      • drewsylvania - Jan 9, 2012 at 10:11 PM

        You posted the uncalled, un-hearing’ed, un-suspended Canuck “clip” that was a carbon copy of Marchand’s.

        But regardless, let’s do a point-by-point rebuttal:

        1) Burrows deliberately brings his stick up at Thornton’s face. He earned retaliation. Did I say Burrow speared him?
        2) Three Canucks go after Thornton…then three more. No other Bruin has made it to the scrum. They’re all throwing punches. Whole-lining one guy is not something “any other team does”. Find me one other time this has happened.
        3) You write “As for this “throwing his stick into the crowd” …he was clearly pissed off, and frustrated, (concussed), and tossed his stick aside angrily. Totally out of character for Salo”. The same could be said of Marchand’s clip. In fact, Shanahan DID say it: “Marchand is clearly frustrated by the hit.” So we’re left with each player’s history. Marchand’s history is one of borderline (and over the line) hits. Thus, he got a hearing and a suspension. But Shanahan has been holding hearings for all kinds of offenses, for first-time potential offenders as well. I’m not saying that Salo *should* get a hearing or suspension because of his stick-toss–I’m saying that the league should at least warn him about his reckless toss. We’d be singing a different tune about Salo had that stick actually landed in the stands (which it nearly did).

        Instead, we haven’t heard anything. Not about the 6-on-1, not the stick toss, and not the Mason Raymond clip. (Heck, you could add the bite from last year to that list.) No hearings, no mention of discipline. It’s inconsistent.


      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:54 PM

        “Thorton lunges at Burrows and punches him in the face in front of the bench. The Canucks do what any other team would have done and defend their 1st line winger.”

        No that isn’t what any other team would do. That’s called the third man in (and in this case the fourth, fifth, and sixth) and is a penalty. In fact, at least one of those guys should have been kicked out of the game, yet only Lucic was. And people still bitch about all the breaks going the Bruins way.

      • solador78 - Jan 10, 2012 at 12:12 PM


        By Fraser’s logic, Burrows was in an altercation with Paille for which he should have been penalized, therefore, Thornton is the 3rd man in and should have been ejected under the spirit of the rule.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

        @solador78: apparently you’re a selective reader. Burrows and Paille were not involved in a situation where one of them was already getting penalized before Thornton jumped in. Nice try.

  12. habsman - Jan 9, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    A team full of gutless sucker-punchers. And when Bruin fans try to spin and defend, you look like the morons you are to the rest of hockey’s fan bases. So keep up the good work. The Bruins got away with dozens of cowardly acts last year because Greggie Campbell had his daddy Colie looking after things.
    Now the attention is clearly focused on your team, making it impossible for head office officials to look the other way or cover up. You made your bed, Enjoy!

    • drewsylvania - Jan 9, 2012 at 10:16 PM

      Nope, not a homer at all.

    • edrooney - Jan 9, 2012 at 10:21 PM

      Oh, shocking. A pussy habs fan making excuses for his team losing to the Bruins last year.

      Why are you even commenting here? You should be more worried about what language your coach is speaking. Typical Montreal elitist fucking loser.

      • habsman - Jan 9, 2012 at 10:53 PM

        Tsk, Tsk, Tsk, such vulgar language. Pussy? Wow, I’m really hurt. Post again ed and show off some more of your Boston Vocabulary. Do the streets of Boston really smell like piss?

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:56 PM

        Is every Habs fan as stupid and pathetic as you are?

  13. sonofsamiam - Jan 9, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    I thought they would give him 8 games, to match the number of goals the Canucks scored in the finals.

  14. titknocker - Jan 9, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    somebody call the waaaaaaahmbulance, you all sound like a bunch of pu$$ies, the bruins play to rough wahhhhhhh just because your teams don’t have any/more than 1 tough guy wahhhhhhhh can’t wait til the bruins are hoisting the cup again come june. and all you cry babies get to bitch some more. now go ahead and thumb down this, i don’t care you can all suck the bruins yam bag!!!

    Go Bruins!!!!

    • habsman - Jan 9, 2012 at 10:58 PM

      Nice handle. I bet you’re smarter than most carpentry tools, especially hammers. Yam bag, thats a good one. I bet you went to kolidge to leern that. Just a thought, why don’t you express some kind of opinion on hockey instead of acting like a third grader.

    • imleftcoast - Jan 10, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      Geez buttbanger, all I hear is whining from the Bruins. Salo plays too rough. The Canucks play too rough. It’s propaganda. It’s not fair.

    • solador78 - Jan 10, 2012 at 1:00 PM

      Lol… looking forward to watching Jacobs sell you and the Bruins out this spring so that Bodog (+mafia) can take all your money.

  15. kitshky - Jan 9, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Ok … where do I begin. (you do realize the clip I was actually referring to is directly below it right?)

    1 – Burrows reached around Hank with his stick straight out towards Thorton and it got up around his face, I’m not even saying that Thorton was wrong for going at Burrows I’ve just heard all over the place today that Thorton was speared in the throat (Bruins fans, media, and the Bruins themselves) so if you didnt think that then fair enough … we’ll ignore that one.

    2 – The Boston Bruins tough guy is jumping the 1st line winger in front of the bench in the middle of a change, the Canucks respond and are grabbing at Thorton (the only one who really threw a punch at him from behind was Lappy and even then he’s more trying to pull him off Burrows). Understand that ever since last June all this team has heard is people saying they dont stick up for each other, they let their stars get punched and roughed up and do nothing about it. Now that they do stand up for each other they’re accused of “ganging up” on poor Thorton. I wasnt pointing the finger at anyone, I was simply pointing out that Thorton punched Burrows in the middle of a group of Canucks and the only reason it was an outnumbered situation was becuase it takes more than a second for the other plays on the ice (Bruins) to skate over and get involved.

    3 – You lost me when you said in regards to Salo’s actions being out of character that “the same could be said for Marchands clip”, Wrong. That is completely in line with Marchands character, even ignoring his well documented history simply look at the play seconds before when he reacted to a clean shoulder on shoulder check by punching Salo twice in the back of the head. And again, I think the League is a little more reasonable than to feel the need to talk to Salo about not throwing his stick (something I’ve never seen him do before) next time hes submarined, twisted up like a pretzel, and concussed by a lil rat.

    4 – What all these points are really just saying is, you’re reaching to try and pretend that this “gang up on Thorton” or that Salo tossing his stick into the corner is somehow on the same level and Marchands hit. (and if you don’t then why do keep bringing them up)

    5 – The clip of Raymonds hit perfectly sums up what Shanny was talking about when he said in certain circumstances its understandable that a similiar hit would be dished out if it was in a “defensive” circumstance, or “bailing” out instinctively. Theyre NOT the same hit, that was the point.

    • drewsylvania - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:36 PM

      You misread (intentionally?) my bit on “the same could be said for Marchand’s clip”. I’m talking about frustration–which Shanahan address WRT Marchand, and which I gave as evidence.

      “Theyre NOT the same hit, that was the point.”

      Completely disagreed, and I’m done trying to educate you, because you’re homering as well as failing reading comprehension.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:59 PM

        The Bruins’ tough guy is jumping the first line winger because the first line winger is being an irritating little bitch. Sticking up for your teammate is one thing, and entire line plus one extra guy ganging up on an opponent is another. It’s one that should have resulted in a game misconduct for someone not named Lucic.

  16. borderline1988 - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Both Boston and Vancouver consist of a bunch of dirty, whiny players. That’s the truth.

    It pains me that Boston is so good though. Tim Thomas in net, with a top-5 goalie backing him up. I hate the Bruins and they are obviously dirty and vicious no matter what Bruins fans may say, but they are a very good hockey team, I’ll give them that.

  17. blomfeld - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    If Peter Chiarelli looks like a rat, then Mike Gillis is “Willard” himself !

  18. mydadyourmom - Jan 10, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Sabes rule.

  19. frankszapper - Jan 10, 2012 at 6:44 AM

    Hockey is becoming a pussified sport more and more everyday. If this debate happened in the 70s Phil Esposito wouldve clobbered you all.

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