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No suspension for Kesler after clipping Clutterbuck

Mar 20, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Much to the dismay of Minnesota Wild fans – and perhaps much more to the dismay of Boston Bruins fans – Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler won’t receive any supplemental discipline for his low-bridging of Cal Clutterbuck last night at the Xcel Energy Center.

Here’s Kesler’s hit on Clutterbuck that earned a minor penalty for clipping:

Now here’s Brad Marchand’s hit on Vancouver defenseman Sami Salo on Jan. 7 that earned a major penalty and game misconduct for clipping, plus a five-game suspension:

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety told Puck Daddy that Kesler wasn’t further disciplined because his clip was “not overly vicious.” However, they’d stick it in Kesler’s file for the future.

Salo, you’ll recall, suffered a concussion on the Marchand clip and missed six games. In handing out the five-game ban, the NHL called the play a “predatory low hit delivered intentionally.”

Clutterbuck, on the other hand, wasn’t injured.

  1. madtolive5 - Mar 20, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    That hit was so much worse.
    the “intent” might be different. Kessler was coming full speed in open ice.
    He is lucky he didn’t implode Clutterbuck’s knee.

    • nardwar - Mar 20, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      “Lucky”? Luck had nothing to do with it. Kesler just didn’t hit him very hard, which is why he got right up and wasn’t hurt. If Kesler wanted to hurt him, Clutterbuck wouldn’t be walking.

      • m1lla7 - Mar 20, 2012 at 8:17 PM

        Brad marchand wasn’t even moving and he got suspended.

  2. cowboys282 - Mar 20, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Watching those both side by side makes you wonder how the NHL justifies their inconsistencies.

    Not only was Marchand suspended 5 games and Kessler none but in the game Marchand got a 5 minute major and a game misconduct compared to Kessler’s 2 minute tripping. Oh and Vancouver scored the game winning goal during the 5 minute penalty.

    If suspensions are about injuries then Tom Sestito should have been suspended for possibly ending Nathan Horton’s career. But Mr. Shanahan didn’t deem that necessary. Is it really that hard to be consistent?

    • bruins33 - Mar 20, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      well put

  3. crmgoodness - Mar 20, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    The department of player safety has just degenerated into a complete farce. It’s not all Shanny’s fault as the league insists on having draconian rules that take into account injuries on plays. Both of the hits above are basically the same thing. Both players knew what they were doing and both players went low in a cheap and predatory fashion. Marchand receives 5 games because Salo landed awkwardly on his head after the hit. Kessler gets none because Clutterbuck landed in a slightly more graceful fashion. If you want this hit and others out of the game, punish the action regardless of the hitter, the hittee and the result. Until then, the department of player safety will continue to be nothing more than a dog and pony show.

  4. rob1986s - Mar 20, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Canucks fan here. Dumb move by Kesler. He should know better especially given team-mate Sami Salo’s history with clipping from January’s Brad Marchand incident.

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Mar 20, 2012 at 5:57 PM

      He should know better and care are two different things.

      saying he should know better means nothing

  5. rgledz - Mar 20, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    All season long the league let’s things go when a Wild player is involved. The hit that ended Bouchard’s season just to name one. The message all year long has been “do whatever you want to Wild players, you’ll get 2 minutes then go on about your business.” What a joke

  6. warpstonebc - Mar 20, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Marchand’s was worse, but this is still extraordinarily dumb on Kesler’s behalf. While it was only 2-minutes on the ice, I wouldn’t be upset if he had received a few games to get the message through to him.

    Really, if the league is serious about cleaning up the game, this is what supplemental discipline is for: correcting calls that missed the severity of an act on the ice.

  7. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    I agree with the decision from a hockey standpoint, this isn’t a really bad hit. Looks like he hits him above the knees with a pretty good hip check. From a consistency standpoint it’s not a great call. Either suspend guys for hits like this every time or not at all.

  8. haterzgonahate - Mar 20, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    did anyone stop to think that maybe Kesler was ducking to avoid what would have been a cross check to the face? watch it again

    • hockinj25 - Mar 20, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      First, you don’t duck that low too avoid a hit. Second, if you would’ve been it wouldn’t have been in his face.

      • haterzgonahate - Mar 20, 2012 at 5:49 PM

        translation = DERPP!

  9. mydadyourmom - Mar 20, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    these hits aren’t very similar at all. marchand clearly attempts to injure. holy shat. cmaaaaaaan.

  10. taytay099 - Mar 20, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Marchand’s hit was slightly lower. I guess Kesler didn’t hit him hard enough to injure so 2 minutes was enough?

    • m1lla7 - Mar 20, 2012 at 8:27 PM

      Kesler is 6’2. Marchand is 5’9. Obviously he will be lower.

  11. kitshky - Mar 20, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Not as bad as Marchands, and Kesler doesnt have near the reputation so it’s not really comparing apple to apples.

    I did think they’d put in the press box or a game or two tho, Shanahan was so clear in his explanation regarding what makes a hit like this questionable or not questionable … and then goes back to the Colie Campbell playbook of throwing darts at a board to see what the penalty should be.

    When are they going to realize they don’t need to worry about tweaking and changing rules every year … and just actually call the rules they have in the books?

    • scottybcboy - Mar 20, 2012 at 10:36 PM

      The reputation argument is another case of the League letting us all down. Kesler still doesn’t have any “history of suspension or fine” so the next time he does something dirty the league will say he has no history….what a joke.

      • kitshky - Mar 21, 2012 at 12:26 AM

        Ya that’s definitely a solid point, and it happens a lot. Just because a guy who skirts the line doesnt have a history of actually getting suspended he’s not “known'” for being dirty.

        (Although between Kesler and Marchand specifically, there’s a clear difference)

  12. bigbadbruins1968 - Mar 20, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Another crock from the NHL. Where is the consistency? Clipping for one player is a 5 minute major, game misconduct and 5 game suspension. Clipping for a Canuck is a 2 minute minor and no suspension. WTF?!

  13. canucklehead3 - Mar 20, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    For clipping the difference between the two minute call and the 5 and a game is whether the player is injured or not so thats why it was only two. Looked to me like if Kesler was only defending himself, and thats a big if, he had plenty of time to do it cleanly rather then go low. hated it when it happened to salo so i have to hate this one too … he should have gotten some sort of supplemental discipline or atleast a fine

    • canucklehead3 - Mar 20, 2012 at 8:57 PM

      sorry hadn’t watched the clip since the game, clearly not defending himself considering clutterbuck just had the puck

  14. matthews4 - Mar 20, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Vindicated!!!! I was posting about this very issue yesterday. It’s almost ironic that they used Marchy as an example. As I have said all season there is one set of rules for the Bruins and another set for everybody else.

    • kitshky - Mar 21, 2012 at 12:22 AM

      Oh yawn… ya you’re right, Brough being good at his job and making sure he gets hits on this subject completely supports you on this one.

  15. rainyday56 - Mar 21, 2012 at 4:11 AM

    The Jason, betcha can’t say “Kesler clips Clutterbuck” five times real fast!

  16. amerika1313 - Mar 21, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    I wish this shocked me. I really do. I guess the lesson to be taken from all of this is: If you’re going to make low, dirty hits and you want to get away with it, make sure you’re not 5’9″.

  17. mj6rings - Mar 21, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Did anyone else see that Hanson had his skate over the board, maybe that had something to do with it?

  18. dan46778 - Mar 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Bs he should have been suspend maybe if the wild cried like Vancouver did kessler wou,ld have been suspended

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