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Watch Ryan Ellis launch Wayne Simmonds into orbit

Jan 15, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

Ryan Ellis might be a rookie defenseman for Nashville, but he sure knows how to throw an old fashioned hip check. You can just ask Philly forward Wayne Simmonds about that as he got a dose of what it was like to play in a bygone era courtesy of Ellis and his shifty hips. Ellis’ check was symbolic for how things went for Nashville as they took out the Flyers 4-2 on home ice.

If someone can, send this along to Brad Marchand to show him how to more appropriately throw a hip check.

  1. bcisleman - Jan 15, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Ellis is a first rate talent. If he continues to shine, Poile may be emboldened to move Weber–for the right price.

  2. tcclark - Jan 15, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    If Wayne Simmonds was Sidney Crosby that check would be illegal today. (I’m glad it’s not)

  3. malkinrulez - Jan 15, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    you know a guy is a legend when he hasn’t’ played in a year and people are still “whining about him”

    • tcclark - Jan 15, 2012 at 2:23 PM

      I’m not so much whining about Crosby as I am making a comment about professional sporting leagues penchant for protecting their star players. You saw it in the NFL when Brady went down for the year in ’08 and they made up the rule that you cant hit a quarterback below the knee. You also see it in the NBA when guys like Lebron and Kobe constantly get lame foul calls.

      It’s also a comment on the NHL’s ability to make up rules in the middle of the season when it goes against a star player.. the elimination of the crease rule on Brett Hull’s overtime Stanley Cup goal, and the Avery rule when he was “bothering” Brodeur.

      So quit getting your panties in a bunch. I’m not insulting your boy Crosby. It’s not his fault if he gets hit and the league changes the rules. Just relax and enjoy 9th place.

  4. terriers4 - Jan 15, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Enough with the brad Marchand
    references, it’s getting old

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 15, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      It’s been a week. And it was a dirty hit that he, and NESN’s chirping commentator, defend.

  5. canucks18 - Jan 15, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    The Marchand comments will continue as long as he’s a little puke… So strap in cause the kid is an idiot!!!

  6. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Simmers helped by trying to jump out of the way. Nonetheless, solid hit.

  7. blomfeld - Jan 15, 2012 at 1:45 PM


    I see little difference between this classical hip check and the one meted out by Marchand on that Finnish beanstalk last weekend … you see, the problem was not so much with the “hitter” as it was with the “hittee” … unlike Simmonds who is athletic, Salo is a lumbering “ungainly” oaf, who stands little chance of ever making it as a stuntman once his hockey days are over … Simmonds on the other hand obviously has some gymnastic and dancing skills, which are a basic requirement of anyone playing in the NHL … or at least they should be ! …

    ps: for those who aren’t aware, it’s been a “house joke” here in Vancouver for years, that Salo is the most “injury-plagued” Canuck of all time … you just look at him and he’ll probably suffer some kind of injury ! .. the previous year he missed the first half of the season because he injured his leg playing floor hockey during the summer in Finland ! … when you have your own hometown media poking fun at you all the time, then you just know that there’s some truth to the matter … the bottom line is that a “normal” NHL player with basic gymnastic and dancing skills would not have landed so awkwardly like Salo and hence nothing would have come of it …

    • taytay099 - Jan 15, 2012 at 7:25 PM

      No, the problem is a “hip”check is supposed to be hip to hip. Not hip to knees. Salo did nothing wrong.

  8. scapistron - Jan 15, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Please stick to YouTube videos if possible. Whatever media player you used for this post (and some others) does not load on mobile devices.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 15, 2012 at 6:34 PM

      It’s the same media player uses.

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