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Tyler Myers will sit three games for boarding

Mar 13, 2012, 7:07 PM EDT

The Buffalo Sabres are charging their way up the Eastern Conference ranks, but they’ll need to continue that push without near-Chara-sized defenseman Tyler Myers. The young blueliner will sit out three contests for this boarding check on Montreal Canadiens forward Scott Gomez from Monday:

Myers won’t be available for tomorrow’s contest against the Colorado Avalanche (which will air on NBC Sports Network), Saturday’s game against the Florida Panthers and Monday’s match versus the Tampa Bay Lightning. He’ll also be $14,189.19 poorer due to the lost funds from a suspension, which would have been significantly higher if he had a prior history of suspensions.

How do you feel about the punishment? Was it too light, too harsh or just right?

  1. travishenryskid - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Harsh considering Myers isn’t known as a dirty player, is a first time offender, caused no injury, and is about a foot taller than the guy he hit. Basically, Shanahan has no clue what he’s doing. One game would have been right. Three games in a playoff race is ridiculous.

    • Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 14, 2012 at 10:51 PM

      It’s pay back for Ruff ragging on the league allowing the hits in the crease on Miller.

  2. habsman - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    If this happened last year under Colie, he would have received zero games.

    • hockinj25 - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:50 PM

      this isn’t last year though

  3. solador78 - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Myers isn’t a first time offender after his hit on Zubrus for which he received a free pass to make-up for Lucic’s free pass on Miller.

    If Myers had been kicked out of yesterday’s game like he should have been, he wouldn’t have scored the OT winner and Buffalo could have been further out of a playoff spot.

  4. stakex - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    I really don’t see much difference between this hit, and the hit from Malkin the other day. Neither have much of a record, no one was injured on either play, and they were both dangerous hits from behind that certainly could have been avoided. There might be a bit more head contact on this hit, but thats about it. Yet Myers gets three games and Malkin gets a walk? How does that work?

    Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying Malkin should also have gotten three games… but these two hits are very similar, and the punishment (or lack there of) should have been about the same. If its not a suspension, its not a suspension. If its three games, its three games. It shouldn’t be both.

    • itsallniceonice - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:24 PM

      Yeah he is closing in on Campbell for unpredictability/stupidity. At least he stopped fining/suspending people for high sticking.

    • odj810 - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:24 PM

      couldn’t have put it better myself. my exact thoughts.

  5. drewsylvania - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Shanny, you’re f-ing it up.

  6. drewsylvania - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Officially lost all faith that the league is doing this fairly.

    • solador78 - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:23 PM

      Where have you been? Politics has been dictating suspensions for years.

      It’s obvious that the NHL is more likely to suspend a player if they play for a team that the inner clique within the NHL board would prefer not make the playoffs.

      • drewsylvania - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:10 AM

        How does that explain the Bruins getting away with things early in the season, only to have the reverse happen in the second half? Plausible deniability?

      • solador78 - Mar 14, 2012 at 10:26 AM

        A suspension in the first half of the season obviously has less of an impact than right now.

        But since we’re on the topic, Bruins only started getting suspended after GMs around the league complained about the special treatment that Lucic received.

        The league’s COGNITIVE ESTRANGEMENT (suspension of disbelief) that it so heavily relies on to sell the game to gullible fans was in serious jeopardy of being revealed.

  7. wheelinbeauties21 - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Considering:
    1. the size difference between Gomez and Myers
    2. Myers has a clean history for the most part and isn’t a dirty player what so ever
    3. the fact that Gomez was admiring his pass

    This is the NHL, If you think you can skate around with your head down your going to get hurt plane and simple. I’d say it should be 1 game MAX! purely because Gomez got hurt and it did end up turning into a bad hit. If Gomez wasn’t hurt I’d say it should have just been a 2 minute minor for boarding.

    Shanny really is taking it to buffalo this year.

    • solador78 - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:19 PM

      Gomez’s head was up. Shanahan stated and the video clearly shows that Myers hit him from behind.

      It’s not reasonable to expect hockey players to have 360 degree vision to see behind themselves.

      If you think otherwise, you’re living in Fantasyland.

      • wheelinbeauties21 - Mar 15, 2012 at 7:36 PM

        Buddy I think you might be living there now.

        -Where did I say it was a clean hit? I agree with the ref’s call, it wasn’t clean and it deserved a 2 minute minor for boarding however an injury on the play should result in a 1 game suspension (max).

        -When I say his head was down he

      • wheelinbeauties21 - Mar 15, 2012 at 9:13 PM

        Buddy I think you might be living there now.

        -Where did I say it was a clean hit? I agree with the ref’s call, it wasn’t clean and it deserved a 2 minute minor for boarding and with an injury on the play I think it should result in a 1 game suspension (max).

        -When I say you can’t have your head down I don’t solely mean it in a literal sense. I’m simply stating you need to be aware of whats going on around you. Gomez put himself in a vulnerable position by admiring his pass, he was heading up ice while looking back focusing on whats behind him rather than what was in front of him. That’s how players get hurt and a veteran in the NHL should know better.

      • solador78 - Mar 15, 2012 at 9:45 PM

        There no penalty in the rulebook for 2 minutes for boarding from behind.

        Kerry Fraser confirmed that the correct call should have been 5 minutes for checking from behind+game misconduct (no ot winner)+3 game suspension.

  8. hockinj25 - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Are you people blind? This is worse than Malkin’s hit and I’m not even a penguins fan.

  9. Buffalo Grumblings - Mar 14, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Bring back the tough guys like the old days and all this crap goes away. It gets handled that night!
    And those guys did it without helmets!

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