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Weber fined $2,500 for punching, shoving Zetterbeg’s head into boards

Apr 12, 2012, 1:16 PM EST

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Shea Weber has been fined $2,500 for “delivering a blow” to Henrik Zetterberg’s head at the end of last night’s Predators-Red Wings game in Nashville.

“We felt this was a reckless and reactionary play on which Weber threw a glancing punch and then shoved Zetterberg’s head into the glass,” said NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Hockey Operations Brendan Shanahan. “We reached out to Detroit following the game and were informed that Zetterberg did not suffer an apparent injury and should be in the lineup for Game 2.

“This play and the fine that addressed it will be significant factors in assessing any incidents involving Shea Weber throughout the remainder of the playoffs.”

Weber only made $7.5 million this year, so no more dinners out for him.

Though to be fair, Weber will have to watch his step going forward — he’s on notice now. Sort of like a soccer player after getting a yellow card. Except hockey’s better than soccer.

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  1. hockinj25 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    B.S. I’ve supported Shanny in all of decisions this year but he dropped the ball on this one. He had a chance to set an example with this ruling but this is barely a slap on the wrist. If this wasn’t an intent to injure, I don’t know what is.

    • hockeywas - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:45 PM

      All year Shanny laws down the law and no is the big PU**Y and drops the ball big time!

      SHANNY IS A JOKE AND SO IS THE NHL

      • mhazz84 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:55 PM

        …..what are you trying to say?

    • stakex - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      One thing you need to remember tho… this is the playoffs, and most people agree one playoff game is like a 3-5 game suspension in the regular season. Do you really think this was worth 3-5 games? I sure don’t.

      It should also be noted that Zetterberg’s head bearly touches the glass and yet he goes down in a heap. I really like Zetterberg, but that was a dive Crosby would be proud of, and said dive made this look a lot worse then it was.

      • hockinj25 - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:00 PM

        Barely touches the glass? I don’t know what you are watching but his head hit pretty hard.

      • nofunleague - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:33 PM

        Baloney….they use the same rule book or should be. One game is one game. The players should know how much, or how important each game is so they need to man-up, play hockey, and leave the goon crap for the regular season if indeed they need to act like goons. this is wrong and I’m sure he tok the pocket change out of his pants and handed it to the coach. 2500.00 Really. Joke. Fail.

    • chibimike - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:05 PM

      Colin Campbell / Brendan Shanahan same sh*t coming out of a different a**hole.

      Just another example of why the NHL is the bottom rung of the professional sports leagues. Either return to letting the players police it, or the league has to police it by giving appropriate punishment.

    • flyers0116 - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      I think the punishment should have been more. But what I think is more wrong is there is no fine for that late hit on Briere by Brooks Orpik. That was a clear example of head hunting by Orpik. An intentional attempt to injure another player. Orpik is a dirty player and is garbage.

  2. bergeronforselke - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Shannahan must have told him togive him all the cash he has on him at that moment and called it even

    • realnostalgia - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:01 PM

      Its absolutely ridiculous to me that in the NHL $2,500 is the most allowed under the current collective bargaining agreement. Whats the point in even having a fine like this?

  3. cableguymike - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    So what happens if Zetterberg wakes up with a headache 24-48 hours from now? You say you want to get intentional hits to the head out of the game then you fine a guy $2500 for attempting to slamming the a player’s face through the corner glass.

    Makes sense…

  4. bensawesomeness - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Way to send a message, NHL. Way to go…

  5. darenpuppa31 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    “Stone Cold” Shea Weber probably deserved 1 game to go along with that, but I guess it’ll make for a more interesting series with him still in there.

    A question for people that get to watch the Wings more than I do, what is it about Zetterberg that makes guys go after him at the end of games? Is he a pest or get in sneaky cheap shots or have a big mouth or something I don’t know about?

    • hockinj25 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      He’s a great defender and can shut down anybody. This pisses them off because they are used to having an easy time. Therefor they go after him in the end.

      • darenpuppa31 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:34 PM

        But Datsyuk is too, and I’ve never seen anyone really go after him.

      • danohalloranisahatchetman - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:41 PM

        Gaustad went after Datsyuk in that game.

    • flyers0116 - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:46 PM

      To be fair, Zetterberg did go for a high hit into the boards right before Weber punched him

  6. hines86for6 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Like I said, bunch of Nancy boys on this site calling for a multi game suspension.

    Notice they said “reactionary play.” This was to the obvious knee to back of knee zetterberg gave Weber as they went into the boards. Point is, Weber wasn’t unprovoked.

    Sorry wings fans, your team doesn’t get to do whatever it wants anymore. Those days are gone.

    • vshehane - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      Long gone.

      • barkar942 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM

        Yes. That team distinction now goes to the Penguins!

    • michiganhockey11 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      The reactionary play was to Zetterberg making a play for the puck. Weber can’t try to freeze the puck with his skates and expect not to be hit. Zetterberg’s hit was more of a shove than a crosscheck. It was unprovoked. Instead Weber decided to take a brain-crap and do something that’s straight of out Monday Night Raw.

      Wings not doing what it wants anymore? You mean like how Crosby and hack at people, break his sticks and not get called for the past few years? Like Malkin swinging at people and instigating in the last 5 minutes of a game and not be ejected/suspended? Like in the 2009 Finals when Pittsburgh had 6 men on the ice for 30 seconds and microphones clearly caught the refs telling the Pittsburgh bench to pull somebody off?

      Yeah, because the Wings have had a free pass for the previous 20 years…..

      • michiganhockey11 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:44 PM

        *Crosby can hack…

      • hines86for6 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:48 PM

        Wrong. The reaction was to the blatant kneee to knee Zets gave Weber as they went into thr boards.

        That has more potential to injure than throwing someone’s head into the glass that’s wearing a helmet.

    • habsman - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:45 PM

      Go take a nap Grapes.

    • danohalloranisahatchetman - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      Know who’s a nancy boy? Guys who calls others that from the safety of their computer keyboard.

      • somekat - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:00 PM

        I don’t know what a “nancy boy” is, but it sounds like something soft men call even softer men

    • dangle13x - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      aha what a white trash comment. Good luck with that community college degree you moron.

    • dangle13x - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:49 PM

      haha white trash loser. We’ll see where you are after the series hahah moron.

    • truelionsfan - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      Knee to the back of knee, are f-ing kidding me. That’s worth a punch to the back of the head then a head smash into the boards. Not a chance. The NHL hates the wings because they win too often, and they’re not the flashy team. He definitely deserved a one game suspension. He’ll get his in game two. Can you say KRONWALLED.

    • brian32556 - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:03 PM

      I’m a Rangers fan. The first punch was reaction. The head slam was intent to put a man out of his misery. Had it happened in Detroit, I suspect someone would be calling for the police to charge him with assault and battery. But then again, I watch too much Law and Order.

  7. vshehane - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    It was probably the great acting job at the end that made the final decision.

    • miketoasty - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      That’s the first thing I thought of when I saw that. 5 seconds left with no chance of winning and you get pushed into the boards, why not act a little and get one of the best defensemen taken out for a game or two.

  8. ravenscaps48 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Sanahan has to step down…. He is making a mockery out of the disciplinary system of the NHL and himself! I understand that he was a player and that he wants to leave it in their hands because that’s how he would want it if he was still playing…. But come on, those shenanigans pulled by Weber last night were reckless and could’ve severly hurt Henrik Zetterberg. I think it’s completely bogus that a suspension is based on how injured the player was after the contact. The hits were directed at the head and most importantly, an intent to injure another player… What baseline is this clown following? And yes, I’m still pissed that Renè Bourque only got five games for intentionally elbowing Nicklas Backstrom in the head, forcing him to miss 40 games… STEP DOWN SHANNY!

  9. hines86for6 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Exactly. Zets reaction at the end was pathetic. In slow mo, you can’t tell how hard weber throws him into the glass.doesn’t look nearly as bad in real time.

    • dangle13x - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      ohh the tought guy pens fan is back. Ha calling him Zets? Who are you haha. What a disgrace. Go beat off your white trash meat to crosby you gay.

  10. hines86for6 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Imagine that, a ravens fan whining about the powers that be attempting to take the moral high road.

    Remember, it was only a couple years ago your players were running their yaps about bounties being set for mendenhall and hines ward.

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      Bounty for Mendenhall? You touch the guy and he breaks a bone… And really, with that name, you have no room to judge dirty play

      • ravenscaps48 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:45 PM

        You support a guy for lowering head and driving his helmet into the chin of a defensive back who was lookin at the play for about 20-25 yards away, forcing him to miss the rest of the game and the next one with a concussion…. Stay Classy

    • dangle13x - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      haha talking football, true blue collar steelers fan. Must have been a tough day at the construction site. Funny how every commeny you make is more than double thu thumbs down. Way to represent your rat city the only way you know how.

  11. michiganhockey11 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    If Weber would have done that to Crosby or Malkin in the Finals, Bettman would give him a McSorley suspension. League screams for player safety, but then gives this BS a free pass. $2,500 fine for Weber is nothing. After a night at a steakhouse, he could probably poop more than that fine is worth to him. Call somebody up to send him a message. Then have the palyer claim it was a reacitonary. Total BS.

    Shanny, I loved you when you played for the wings, but to quote Reggie Dunlop- “This is a G- D- disgrace”.

    Shanny, Weber, Bettman and disciplinary officials = disgrace.

    • hines86for6 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      It was reactionary. Blatant knee to knee as they went into the boards by Zets. You’re either blind or an idiot if you can’t see that.

      • michiganhockey11 - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:02 PM

        You’re serisouly claiming knee to knee on that hit? Principal contact was the back and shoudlers. If there was any knee contact from that reply, it was when Zetterberg’s momentum rolled him away from Weber. Blatant knee 2 knee? You’re out of your mind.

      • dangle13x - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

        call him Zets one more time you ingrate. haha reactionary. react to my meat in your moms fatwhore moms bootyho you little gay boy.

      • hines86for6 - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:21 PM

        Wow. Who’s the classy one now.

        Zets Zets Zets Zets Zets

    • miketoasty - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      I love how everything comes back to the Pens.

      • somekat - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:03 PM

        Everything doesn’t come back to him, but when you are a fan of a team taht gets blatant favortism by the league, you have no standing to question discipline handed out to the rest of the league, you know, the teams that have to play by the rules

      • miketoasty - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:21 PM

        Yep, Pens never get suspended (Matt Cooke for an entire playoff series), or never get penalty’s called against them (Last night which the Flyers then scored to tie the game). Thanks for playing.

      • somekat - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

        Wow, the dirtiest player in the league got suspended (should of been for a year), and the Pens got called for a single penalty and their overrated PK couldn’t stop it. You are right, that proves there is 0 bias!

      • miketoasty - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:50 PM

        It proves that what you said was wrong. I know there is bias towards the Pens, that’s what happens when you are the best team in all of Hockey.

      • somekat - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

        The best team in all of hockey isn’t lucky to get a 4 seed

        fail

      • somekat - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

        I also only said they get blatant favortism. Not that they NEVER have a penalty called on them. Reading comprehension not to big in Pens country huh?

      • dangle13x - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

        @miketoasty hahahahaha wow you are classic. hahah pens fans are so priceless. Good luck getting rammed by Philly. Either way, your state is as white trash as it gets.

  12. danohalloranisahatchetman - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Business as usual for the NHL under Shanahan. A blatantly obvious intent to injure not even slightly resembling a hockey play gets a fine that’s covered by a minute of Weber’s salary. Being a sports media darlIng sure has its benefits.
    Anyone wanna bet Bitz doesn’t get three games? Cuz I think he’ll get at least that. Not that he deserves it but he does play for the Canucks and he’s not one of the NHL Chosen.

    • hines86for6 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:45 PM

      Sports media darling? Bigmarkettalk.com sure is getting pissy about the preds. M’ask you something, how many preds games did you see on national tv? The blackhawks got more attention when on their 9 game skid.

      The Preds are media darlings all of a sudden because an overwhelming number of hockey pundits picked them in this series?

      They have been picked by so many simply because they are a better team.

      • vshehane - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:01 PM

        LOL one thing you cannot call the Preds are Media Darlings. But you can call them better than the Red Wings.

      • danohalloranisahatchetman - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:25 PM

        I was referring to Weber. Never heard him mentioned without the media guy sounding like he’d love to give Weber a back rub.

      • hines86for6 - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

        That’s because he’s the best defenseman in the league who is in his prime.

  13. fanone - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Don’t have to be a Wings fan to know this isn’t going to be the end. Weber should have gotten something a little more severe if the NHL doesn’t want this to effect the entire series.

  14. wingsdjy - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    So much for the NHL setting an example. Let’s see what they give Bitz.

  15. mhazz84 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    AAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I had to pay more than that in taxes this year! I would gladly spend $2,500 to slam Zetterberg’s face into the glass, I’d pay double to do it twice. Good call Shanahan. Stay classy Nashville.

    • mhazz84 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:50 PM

      I’ve watched this video 10 times now, and every time I do my heart smiles a little bigger.

      • nofunleague - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:48 PM

        Then you are moron. This is supposed to be a game of skill and finesse, not who has the biggest goon. Applaud this crap and it only shows your real IQ. 2 digits

  16. daryllh - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Best result for Wings is to end Weber’s season with 4 wins.

  17. paperkid96 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    C’mon guys! you have to feel bad for Weber. He’s losing $2500. Thats .03% of his annual salary Thats the equivalent of a parking ticket for most of us.

    • basherdesigns - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      hahha.. for real.

      At least if you are going to fine him.. make a point out of it. I mean.. remember.. John Tortorella was fined $20K for words!!!! Next time.. just smash their heads into the boards.. it will only cost you $2500…

      • miketoasty - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:01 PM

        The league has a maximum it can fine players. I’m sure this will come up in the CBA negotiations this summer though.

    • eddieapoc - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      Its much less then a parking ticket. If you made 51,000 dollars last year the equivalent fine would be $17.

  18. barkar942 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Zets had a runny nose and Weber was just trying to help him wipe his nose, but he couldn’t find a tissue so he used the glass. Improvisation at its best!

  19. pens5829 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Didn’t see any of the game. Just saw the video here for the first game. Sure looks like Weber’s been watching too much WWF and Shanahan’s doing a helluva job playing Vince McMahon.

    • habsman - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      Not Vince McMahon, he’s playing Colie Campbell.

    • vshehane - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      And Zets has been wathching the Actor’s Studio.

  20. tommytd - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Shanahan doesn’t have the stones to suspend a guy during the playoffs and the NHL will get what it deserves…a bunch of their stars sitting out out w/concussions. THEY DON’T WALK THE TALK! Forget about that concern for player safety…they had a chance to make a statement and they failed miserably.

    • danohalloranisahatchetman - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      Not true. Bitz will get three games.

  21. eddieapoc - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    And the NHL wonders why it will always be a second class league.

  22. habsman - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Here we go again.

    Cheap shots and sucker punching is OK because it’s the playoffs. Shanahan is making discipline decisions based on how it will effect the games played instead of putting the onus on the players for their actions.

    I thought Shanahan would bring change from that blatant cheater Colin Campbell. But it’s the same old-same old. The rules are bent to allow less talented teams compete with with Detroit etal.

  23. basherdesigns - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    This is unbelievable.. Complete lose of respect for Shanahan…. this is barbaric and should be suspended 2 games at least!!!

    $2500 dollars…. are you kidding me! If you are going to fine/suspend players during the regular season like you did.. then WHY does it change during the playoffs.. either you do or you don’t.. this world already has enough spineless men in it.. add another.

  24. sharksman - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Bitz gets a hearing (probably a suspension) and weber gets a fine ? wow provoked/unprovoked does not matter, if he would have punched zet in the face we would not be talking about it. Weber should have received 1 game suspension at least.

  25. michiganhockey11 - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Say something negative about the Penguins and the NHL levies a $20k fine. Throw a player’s head into the boards $2500… Makes sense

    • miketoasty - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:01 PM

      Because players cannot be fined more than that amount, while coaches are not covered under the Player Agreement. Please learn the rules before you shout out more garbage.

    • stakex - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      Due to the CBO the largest fine a player can be hit with is $2,500. Coaches do not have the same protection, and thus can be hammered when they say something about Team Bettman.

  26. michiganhockey11 - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    NHL Office Fax: 212-789-2020 = Blow up their fax machine today

    • hines86for6 - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      Wow, what a whiner. Maybe you can fax Zetterberg to see if he endorses that idea.

      You must really think a Weber suspension is the only shot you have at the series. How the mighty have fallen. Enjoy this changing of the guard.

      • billgearns - Apr 14, 2012 at 9:35 AM

        series tied 1 to 1 and the Wings have out played the Preds

  27. danlorentz - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    It did look like Weber shoved his face in the boards but people should remember it couldn’t have gone that hard into the glass. Zetterberg wears a visor, it looked like it was already against the glass when he shoved him the second time.

    Go Blues

    • chibimike - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:23 PM

      Weber broke his helmet in three places, so it might have been a little bit hard. I’ve never seen an NHL helmet break in game before.

    • billgearns - Apr 14, 2012 at 9:36 AM

      It Broke his helmet

  28. bruins2011 - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    I’m sure he deserved to be hit but emotions really need to b

  29. bruins2011 - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    be held in check

  30. govtminion - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    That sound you hear is every Preds fan in Tennessee exhaling in relief all at once. Weber lucked out on this. Against most teams, I’d advise him to keep his head on a swivel next game, but… the Wings really don’t have a big, mean presence that would scare him anyway. That’s not their game- the one to worry for Game 2 is Rinne. If the Wings get revenge on Weber, they’ll do it by lighting Rinne up on the scoreboard.

  31. dahutz - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Anyone know what the fine was on Bertuzzi for the post-game haymaker he threw in Gaustad’s face?(while Gaustad was held with his arms pinned by a referee.)

    Oh wait, that hasn’t even been shown or mentioned on espn, nhl tv, this very website, etc.

    cry me a effing river, detroit. you really do get the raw end of the deal against ‘media darlings’ like the nashville predators. of course, until this morning espn was unaware there was a hockey team in nashville.

    reading these comments is ridiculous. weber took a cheap shot after the game. bertuzzi took a cheap shot after the game. it’s the effing playoffs! you really want guys suspended? or do you want to actually watch good hockey with rival teams going at each other?

    • danohalloranisahatchetman - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:34 PM

      You shouldnt believe everything you read and then repeat it without fact checking. Bertuzzi’s shot at Gaustad was far from a haymaker and as far as I’m concerned Gaustad deserved it for going after a guy he outweighs by 60 lbs.

      • dahutz - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:04 PM

        i didn’t read it, i saw it. because i was at the game. i wrote about it like these clowns are writing about weber’s “unprovoked” “wrestling style move” “head slam”

        thank you for proving my point!

      • danohalloranisahatchetman - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:32 PM

        You should watch the replay then. Bcz punching a guy in the back of the head and then slamming his head into the glass is much more a WWF move than it is a hockey move.

  32. 3yardsandacloud - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    The NHL’s attempt at player safety is nothing if this is the result. I question whether this decision came solely from Shanahan or if the other spineless, never-touched-a-puck office pricks conjured this one up. “Gotta keep the young star defensemen in the lineup”. What a joke.

    It’s okay though. Nashville would be wise to sit Weber for the series because he now has a giant target on his back and it will be addressed on the ice. There’s always the alternative system. Ask Claude Lemieux about cheap shots. I’m sure there will be a line of guys willing to deal with Shea Weber.

    As for you know-nothing-write-checks-your-team-can’t-cash Nashville fans, this is the Detroit Redwings. They’re not intimidating by your flash in the pan team. They have a rich history of destroying teams just like yours. You can run your mouths all you want, at the end of the day, your team will be dusting off the golf clubs in a few days. Mine will be playing for the cup.

    • hines86for6 - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      The Wings don’t have a player half as tough as Weber. They’re scares of him.

    • hines86for6 - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:59 PM

      Flash in the pan? Along with the wings, the preds are the only team with 40 plus win 7 yrs in a row.

      We have better goaltending, better blue liners, better faceoff men, and better special teams.

      Just a better hockey club. Deal with it.

      • hockinj25 - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:08 PM

        You are right. We don’t have 7 years in a row with 40+ wins. We have 14.

      • wingsdjy - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:10 AM

        That means nothing unless you win the cup one of those 7 years. The Predators are a well coached team, but it’s too soon in the series to say they’re the better team.

      • polegojim - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:03 AM

        way to go sport, you can take your foot out of your mouth now.

      • polegojim - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:04 AM

        way to go sport, you can take your foot out of your mouth now.

        Go Red Wings!

  33. kitshky - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Exactly what was to be expected, as long as the Leagues continues this ludicrous policy of tying discipline with injury they’ll continue to have absolutely no credibility. They’re not doctors, their job is not to diagnose injury. They’re supposed to be experienced knowledgable hockey men assigned to take out dangerous hits that ..Could .. injure someone. Even the optics of Webers hit is suspension worthy.

    I’m in no way defending Bitz, but for Bitz to get suspended (only assuming that he will because it’s not like it’d be unreasonable if he did) and this to get a $2,500 fine is criminal.

  34. danohalloranisahatchetman - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    The NHL is 100% bush league and this fine is just more proof of that. What kind of professional league has rules that change from game to game? I mean seriously, why do they do that? There’s no reason to other than that it allows the league to influence which teams will receive a leg up on the competition. Last year the “rules” favored thugs like Boston. From the calls we’ve seen in the past few weeks charging will be one of the go to calls used to influence the outcome of games.

  35. datsyukx13 - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    The NHL is so inconsistent its ridiculous. So it’s ok for head shots just as long as the guy don’t have a concussion what a joke. This part of the game will never stop because the discipline is a slap on the wrist. I’m sure that 2500 really hurt his pockets and taught him a lesson. F u shanahan

  36. vanfoodman - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:54 AM

    In a year of lousy decisions by Shanahan this takes the cake. What is he thinking condoning such an absolutely outrageous move by Weber? In any other major league sport that would have gotten you a very long suspension but not in the NHL. Further proof this league is run by neanderthals who just don’t get it. This kind of garbage has no place in the game and Shanahan’s decision says it does. WRONG, plain WRONG!

  37. txhockeydad - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    I never thought I would say it, but go Red Wings! I could never pull for a team that would employ Bertuzzi, but that should have drawn a suspension. I still think Todd should have been banned, but my fervor, like my memory, is fading.

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