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It’s OK guys, Jeff Skinner didn’t mean to hurt Scott Nichol

Mar 17, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

Jeff Skinner, Barret Jackman AP

Jeff Skinner isn’t the kind of player you see getting into too much trouble. Seeing him get nailed with a two-game suspension for kicking St. Louis’ Scott Nichol, however, can make you wonder just what was going through his head.

You’ll all be happy to know that Skinner didn’t mean to hurt Nichol by kicking at his leg while down on the ice. Chip Alexander from the News & Observer hears it from an apparently apologetic Skinner.

“I knew there was a chance I would get something for it,” Skinner told N&O correspondent Javier Serna before the team’s game against the Wild. “It obviously doesn’t look good. From my standpoint, I’m just trying to push off. There’s no intent there. It is a dangerous play. I understand that.”

Skinner is earning a bit of a tough reputation this season as he was accused of slew footing Washington’s Dmitry Orlov just two weeks ago and Brendan Shanahan said he’d warned Skinner about dangerous play just 24 hours before his game against St. Louis where he kicked Nichol.

Don’t let the baby face fool you, that Skinner is a killer!

  1. ravenscaps48 - Mar 17, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    This little bastard may be the sneakiest player in the league (and not in a good way)

  2. rsl22 - Mar 17, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    He’s a Piece of S.

    He should have been suspended, or at least fined, for slew-foot the other day on Orlov.

  3. uscthom78 - Mar 17, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    That’s like saying bertuzzi didn’t mean to hurt Moore.

    • firstandonlywarning - Mar 17, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      Moore deserved to be hurt, and Todd intended on hurting him. Injuring him is a different story.

  4. pfpmb - Mar 17, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Glad to see that he’ll miss the game in Winnipeg on Sunday.

    GO JETS GO!!!

  5. uscthom78 - Mar 17, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Is broadway joe making any appearances? Oops…..wrong Jets.

  6. deeboy - Mar 18, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    People know how to get in Skinner’s head now. Play right up to the line of roughing with him and he will get frustrated and do something stupid. Canes need a real fighter that will make people think twice about taking liberties with Skinner. . Allen, Gleason, Harrison and Joslin aren’t getting it done.

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