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Video: Is there a double standard for suspensions?

Apr 12, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT

Here are the facts: Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber received a $2,500 fine – but not a suspension – for bashing Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg‘s head into the glass. Meanwhile, Vancouver Canucks plugger Byron Bitz will sit out two games for boarding Los Angeles Kings player Kyle Clifford.

For some, the disparity in discipline screams hypocrisy.

Jeremy Roenick and Bill Patrick discussed the Weber non-suspension before Bitz’s suspension was handed down, but many of the same points only seem stronger – at least depending upon whom you ask – after the fact. Check out their comments in the video below.

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  1. warpstonebc - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Wow, I agree with JR.

    I more stunned by this than Shanny’s predictable lack of balls.

    • imleftcoast - Apr 13, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      Complete and total lack of balls. Guy is such an embarassment to himself. Why bother to continue with the videos when it is so obvious that there is absolutely no transparency? He’s not fooling anyone at this point.

    • imleftcoast - Apr 13, 2012 at 1:49 PM

      There needs to be three person panel. One League appointee, one NHLPA appointee and third agreed to by the League and NHLPA.

      A complaint from a former player whose career was ended by a head shot would write itself. Discovery would be a complete embarassment for the league. There are embarassing emails with this Weber non-suspension. The NFL sees the potential liability. Bettman and Shanahan are fools, but they’ll be exposed in court within 12 months.

      http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Weber+fine+highlights+flawed+discipline+process/6450184/story.html

  2. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Yes, and it couldn’t be more obvious.

  3. loinstache - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Roenick says it best… Nashville has zero repercussion for this; no game penalties and retaining all your players. Canucks get 5 min major and a suspension (which was warranted). Real effin’ smooth

  4. solador78 - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    The only way the NHL is going to learn to stop fixing the Stanley Cup is if everyone bets on Nashville.

    I made a mint off Boston’s non-suspensions last year. Thanks guys!

  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Obviously there is. Bitz gets 2 games (equal to 24 according to Shanny) for a bad hit and Weber gets a slap on the wrist for smashing a player’s head into the glass. Both head shots, both suspendable. This is ridiculous.

    • elvispocomo - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:54 PM

      In fairness to Shanny, he said 1 game in the SCF was worth 12 regular season games. But then what’s the scale? 1st x2, 2nd x4, 3rd x8, finals x12?

      • nobandwagoners - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:40 PM

        Let’s say, at minimum, 1st round suspension = 2 regular season games accordingly to Shanny’s world (but that doesn’t help if your team is eliminated in the 1st round, so why should the round really matter?)

        So, Bitz gets the equivalent of 4 regular season games for a bad hit (albeit still a “hockey play”; he crossed the line in delivering the hit).

        Weber gets a $2,500 fine for using the glass as it was a turnbuckle and the rink was a WWE ring (clearly no place in the game for that; no way it’s a “hockey play”).

        And Keith gets 5 games for a targeted, deliberate and retaliatory hit to Sedin’s head (no place in the game for that; unless you’re a Canuck hater, it’s hard to argue that wasn’t an attempt to injure ).

        uh, ok….

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:49 PM

        My mistake. Still, you guys said it, a playoff is a playoff game. There needs to be some kind of clearcut standard for handling supplemental discipline in the playoffs. So far Shanahan is no less clueless than he was during the regular season.

  6. taytay099 - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Bob Mackenzie said it best when he said the league punishes not for the intent, but from the results. If Zetterberg were injured then it would probably be a 1 game suspension.

    • michiganhockey11 - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:39 AM

      True, but if you’re intent is to rid the game of those kind of plays, punishing for results won’t do it. You have to punish for intent. That’s how to get the idiotic stuff to stop.

      They need to change the ‘fine standards’ in the CBA. Make it more NFL like. Fine is equal to 5-10% of annual salary. That would nip it in the bud real quick. NHLPA wouldn probably never allow that to happen though…

  7. mgp1219 - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    I guess slamming another player’s head into the glass twice is worth the $2500. Detroit should do the same thing to one of Nashville’s star players

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