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NHL fines, but doesn’t suspend Dominic Moore

Feb 10, 2012, 9:05 PM EDT

Dominic Moore AP

The New York Rangers are furious with Dominic Moore for his hit on Ruslan Fedotenko, but the NHL’s only medium-strength mad about it. The league decided to fine the agitating Tampa Bay Lightning center $2,500 instead of giving him a suspension.

There wasn’t much elaboration about the decision as the NHL only says that the fine is “for an interference infraction that caused an injury” to Fedotenko.

Check out video of the check below and let us know if Moore deserves a suspension, just a fine or no discipline at all. (If you put a check in the “suspension” box, feel free to share how long you think he should have been forced to sit.)

  1. jaybertx - Feb 10, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    I just punched myself in the face after I read this. I think PHT owes me $2500 now.

  2. jakpsu1 - Feb 10, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Seriously!?!? Shanahan blew this one

  3. hockinj25 - Feb 10, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    It wasn’t a hit to the head but was a slight blindside. $2500 is sufficient

  4. brian32556 - Feb 10, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    I liked D. Moore when he played for the Rangers, but this isn’t his first ugly hit (not that I can recall the other, but it was also against the Rangers). The hit wasn’t just blindsided, he was aiming at head level and he followed through with his shoulder, which was still going up after the hit, therefore showing intent to hit him in the head. That is exactly what the NHL is trying to stop. It deserves a suspension.

    • jond86 - Feb 11, 2012 at 6:31 AM

      He never made any contact with his head. You cant watch it as a Rangers fan. 1:24 shows it clear as day.

  5. brian32556 - Feb 10, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    @ hockinj25
    It wasn’t a hit to the head but was a slight blindside.
    ========

    I don’t know which tape you watched, but it definitely WAS a hit to the head, AND by choice!

    • jond86 - Feb 11, 2012 at 11:35 AM

      dude, no contact with the head was made. Fed takes himself out with his own stick, it appears. 1:21 check it

  6. itsallniceonice - Feb 11, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    Blindside yes. Hit to the head hard to say. I think the best angle is at the 0:50 mark and it’s difficult to tell what hit what first. Seems like a fair fine. Too bad there wasn’t that good a look at Sestito-Horton.

  7. jond86 - Feb 11, 2012 at 6:29 AM

    This is completely fair. When I first started watching the clip I thought..”Wow, that is f#cking bad. Moore needs to be maxed out.” The angles make it look a lot worse than it is. At :50 and 1:24 one should see that there is zero contact made with Fedotenko’s head. Fedotenko’s own stick is what causes the injury. A bad play and a stupid decision by Moore, yes, but the head is not hit or targeted. This is fair.

  8. dlsmith621 - Feb 11, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    It is clear that the NHL really isn’t serious about resolving this problem. As long as the league turns its back while players get hurt by illegal hits like this one, concussions will remain rampant and players’ brains will continue to be turned to mush. Disgraceful.

  9. unclscrewtape - Feb 11, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Umm, only reason Moore doesn’t actually contact Fedotenko’s head is because RF’s stick got in the way. But he was definitely aiming for it. Shanahan blew this call.

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