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Gulutzan has never seen a bounty program in the NHL

Mar 23, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT

Glen Gulutzan AP

When news about the NFL New Orleans Saints’ bounty system broke out, which was a rule breaking program that rewarded players for injuring opposing players, sports fans could only hope that this was an isolated incident. Stars coach Glen Gulutzan weighed in on Thursday to say that he’s never seen any evidence to suggest that a similar program exists in the NHL.

“I have never heard of it in my days being around rinks. I’ve never seen it. I don’t think it’s a problem,” Gulutzan said. “There’s no internal, ‘Let’s get this guy’ talk. But they know who the best players are, and come this time of year, they’re going to play them hard. Sometimes that crosses the line, and sometimes it doesn’t. But as far as something organized, I’ve never seen it in hockey.”

Dangerous hits are still a point of concern and the NHL has been dealing with them on a case-by-case basis. On Friday, for example, we might see Duncan Keith get handed a big suspension for his hit on Daniel Sedin. However, bounty programs are a much different beast and hopefully the Saints program is the only one that was out there in professional sports.

  1. triplepropalm - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:22 AM


    This sounds like it could turn from a “Pay for Acceptable Performance” to a bounty system really easily.

    I wonder if Ryan Miller put anything on the board for fighting Milan Lucic after “The Hit” this season?

  2. habsman - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    You mean Brian Burke, Marc Crawford and Todd Bertuzzi didn’t put a “hit” on Steve Moore?

    These three cowards ruined a young players life and by all appearances, they will get away with it.

    • rainyday56 - Mar 23, 2012 at 12:10 PM

      Ya, and Granato and Avs served him up to the Canucks like Sushi in trade for not getting Burnaby Joe’s knees cut out from under him. No one ever mentions that “gentlemen’s agreement”.

  3. rjthedog - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    yeh… if u believe that.. i got a beautiful bridge in Fl. i for sale… lol

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