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Ryan Kesler might get in trouble for clipping Cal Clutterbuck

Mar 19, 2012, 10:59 PM EDT

Minnesota beat writer Michael Russo brings what could be a suspension-worthy hit to our attention; does Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler deserve more than the clipping penalty he received for this check on Minnesota Wild hitter Cal Clutterbuck?

The Canucks took a 2-0 loss at the hands of the Wild, but should Vancouver lose Kesler for a game or more because of that “low-bridge” hit? Was a penalty enough? Share your thoughts in the comments.


  1. hockinj25 - Mar 19, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    They complain when the Bruins do it and then do it to other teams

    • howiehandles - Mar 19, 2012 at 11:31 PM

      That wasn’t as bad as Marchand’s hit, but I would tend to agree with you regarding Vancouver.

      • blomfeld - Mar 19, 2012 at 11:39 PM

        I find myself intrigued by the “tone” of what you people are saying here ? … therefore “piss on” Kesler I say and throw the book at the idiot ! … it’s too bad he’s an American though, eh ?

      • jond86 - Mar 20, 2012 at 6:30 AM

        That was far worse than Marchands hit. You can argue Marchands was more on the defensive side. Kesler’s was much more aggresive.

      • homelanddefense - Mar 20, 2012 at 9:50 AM

        looked worse than Marchands hit. Marchand hit him closer to the hip area. What Kessler did was into the front of Clutterbuck’s knees, could have blew out both of his knees.

        If Clutterbuck laid on the ice for 5 minutes writhing in pain there would be a suspension.

    • vanredstar - Mar 20, 2012 at 4:39 AM

      First off, this was barely even clipping. More of a failed hip check.

      But once again, a PHT writer has to nail the Canucks to the wall, big surprise. And commenters have to try to marginalize the repeated incidents of the Bruins attempting to injure not only Canucks, but players all around the league.

      Yay, that dirty thing Marchand did 2 months ago is kind of justified now, I guess…wheeeeee!

      • hockinj25 - Mar 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM

        How is this barely even clipping? Failed hip checks don’t make contact around the knees

      • drewsylvania - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:31 PM

        I’d expect nothing less from a Vancouver “Our **** don’t stink” Canucks fan.

  2. kitshky - Mar 19, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Yes. Suspend him 5 games … and while you’re at it please suspend Hank and Daniel too. They could use the rest.

    In all seriousness, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s worth a game or two, that seems to fall right in line with Shanahans explanation of the difference between an “agressive” clip and an “defensive” clip. That looked clearly agressive from my view. Altho this statement that “they complain when the Bruins do it and then do it to other teams” is ridiculous. The Canucks… and pretty much everyone else in hockey not involved with the Bruins organization complained about Marchands hit.

    You can be upset about a hit that was worth a 6 game suspension and cross the line yourself a bit once or twice and not be a hypocrite.

  3. loinstache - Mar 20, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    After the way that game was officiated it would be a tremendous slap to the face. Furthermore Kesler took a high-stick to the throat that went undetected and took him out for a bit. I’m not saying that justifies the hit, but the stick on Kesler caused far more damage and saw no discipline.

    • interiorfan - Mar 20, 2012 at 12:34 AM

      I agree…the officiating was abysmal but better get used to it. The playoffs are coming and this is the norm.

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    Rabble rabble rabble Marchand rabble rabble rabble Bruins rabble rabble rabble Shanahan rabble rabble rabble hypocrisy rabble rabble rabble.

  5. thraiderskin - Mar 20, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    It wasn’t that bad, but It did look like a piss poor attempt at a cheap hit. If the NHL is trying to prevent these sort of injuries, then you have to suspend him, even if he Kesler sucks at leg hiting people. If the NHL doesn’t particularly care, then the penalty will suffice, but don’t be shocked when Clutterbuck rails Kessler the next chance he gets. Clutterbuck is an idiot, but it would serve Kessler right.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      Sadly, if the NHL cared about “piss poor” attempts at cheap hits, they’d have suspended P.K. Subban by now.

    • nardwar - Mar 20, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      I don’t think it was an attempt at a cheap hit at all. It looked to me like Kesler wasn’t trying to hip check, and either lost his balance when trying to come to a stop or thought Clutterbuck was going to peel off.

      If Kesler had intended to hurt the other guy, when he was in that vulnerable position, Clutterbuck would not be walking. As it is, it was incidental contact and a careless play by Kesler that deserved a minor penalty.

  6. haterzgonahate - Mar 20, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Cal Clusterf**k is notorious for his leg dragging partial slew foot hits and he always gets away with .. not condoning what Kesler did but as far as i’m concerned Clutterf**k got his just desserts.

  7. crmgoodness - Mar 20, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    The department of player safety is a joke. It is a complete farce and will continue to be a complete farce until some level of consistency is applied between hits. To suggest this clip is wildly different from Marchand’s or Foligno’s clipping penalties earlier this year is just silly. They are all pretty much the same hit. They are all cheap and unaccaptable hits no matter whom the recipient was, no matter what the result of the hit (injury or not), and no matter who delivered it. If they want to get serious about player safety (they don’t) they will start assessing punishment based on the action, not on the result or who did it. The message being sent by punishing one and not the other is that it’s OK to do it until you injure someone…then it’s not OK. It makes less sense than a habsman post.

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