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Carl Hagelin’s Swede-on-Swede crime gets him three games

Apr 15, 2012, 8:13 PM EDT

Carl Hagelin undoubtedly sent a few sad-face emoticons to Daniel Alfredsson for the elbow he delivered in Game 2 of the New York Rangers-Ottawa Rangers series, but it wasn’t enough for the NHL. Brendan Shanahan sent down a thunderous decision: the speedy Swede will sit three games for his indiscretions.

Hagelin might not be a household name just yet, but he’s been a great compliment to two marquee, expensive talents in Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik lately. His speed and tenacity have opened up some interesting possibilities for his veteran linemates, but now the Rangers must look to another avenue to be the third man on that top line.

If things go especially poorly, Hagelin could very well be done for the 2012 playoffs. Of course, the Rangers could also cruise in the next three games and give the young winger a little extra rest. Either way, it’s a significant verdict that might just be a sign that Shanahan isn’t going to stand pat for every questionable hit that comes down the pike.

(Then again, it might have been different if Gaborik was the guy throwing the ‘bow.)

So what do you think? Do you think Shanahan’s longest suspension of 2012 was too severe, just right or insufficient? Do tell.

  1. hanktheking - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Seriously?! Bitz, a known goon with multiple questionable hits gets less time than a first time offender? The only positive that comes from this is Chris Kreider should slot in on the first line in his place.

  2. sbs0311 - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    I guess if you’re name is Shea Weber, you don’t get suspended. Hagelin should have changed his name this morning.

    Also, Shanahan and the league continue their senseless practice of punishing based on injury. That’s like not charging someone with attempted murder because they’re a bad shot.

    And, of course, Alfredsson’s status is a reason for the suspension too. If the NHL ran a criminal justice system, would the penalty for murdering a homeless person be a $2,500 fine? Maybe a 30 days in jail if he/she smelled good.

    • bluesrawesome - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:36 PM

      I agree tht Shanny is letting the injury determine the suspension which isn’t good at all. I think after today their will be harsh suspensions because he realized by not suspending Weber some people thought he would be loose with suspensions and had intent to injure other people.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 15, 2012 at 9:33 PM

      Agreed. Suspending based on injury is senseless. Shanahan just continues to prove he has no real interest in discouraging ALL players to clean up their game. He just likes to make an example of guys whose names don’t sell jerseys.

  3. sbs0311 - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    your name*

  4. bcisleman - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    The suspension was deserved, but Weber and a few others deserved one as well. Shanahan started off well enough, but he has not looked good during the playoffs. He needs to start handing out more and severe suspensions and he cannot exempt players because they are stars. Otherwise what happened in the PIT-PHI game will happen again.

    • odj810 - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:45 PM

      agreed definetly a suspension. Maybe 3 was heavy. I would have been satisfied with a game. It is the playoffs after all and at least it was a hockey play and not a mugging. I’ll be interested what happens from the flyers pens game. No way neal doesn’t get suspended then right? I mean ovbiously asham is but Neal had 2 hits in one shift that were equally as questionable.

      • paperkid96 - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:58 PM

        3 games was definitely heavy given statements I’ve heard were attributed to him. I read somewhere that he views each series as a seven game season. So, wow Haeglin would be gone for 50 games in the regular season. Don’t think so!

        Its getting comical. I was a huge Shanny backer, but the last few weeks of the season and the playoffs he’s been all over the place.

        Shanny quit trying to get your average up because of the ZERO you took on Weber.

    • themohel - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:46 PM

      I agree totally. If you are an authority figure trying to change behavior you have to keep increasing the punishment until the behavior changes or you are just reinforcing that behavior. The actions by stars in the playoffs so far suggests that they understand completely that they are largely immune from being suspended. If Shanny wants to send a message, the most effective thing he can do is to come down hard on a star for a cheap shot on a nobody. Otherwise it is just PR lip-service. Being inconsistent is really hurting Shanny’s authority and effectiveness.

  5. bennywisest - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    I love everything about hockey except the fact that they penalize/suspend based on injury. If the play is illegal than its illegal whether the victim is injured or not. Never understood that. This calls for a suspension but it seems a bit high.

    Will be interesting to see the fallout from the Flyers/Pens game.

  6. jkay1818 - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    This is a first time offender and someone you probably won’t hear about in a suspension hearing for the rest of his career and he’s suspended? Phillips hit on Callahan was worse last night. Weber takes a players head and maliciously smashes it into the glass and nada. What is carkner going to get? Neal? Let’s see some of these other suspensions but this Hagelin one is a head scratcher. Why would weber get suspended? Because it would make the series easier for set?

  7. bluesrawesome - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Okay just because you probably wont hear his name in suspension talks ever agin dosnt make it ok Thts like saying I know u wont kill somebody agin so you only get a year.

    • bluesrawesome - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:50 PM

      Jkay * sorry about that.

      • jkay1818 - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:54 PM

        I was making a pt that he wasn’t malicious in his hit yesterday and he let’s guys off this postseason with a bad rap off with a slap on the wrist. Not to mention the elbow Callahan took was more severe. As the article states, Hagelin isn’t a household name yet, but make no mistake, that kid is a good player and a huge loss fr the nyr

  8. gaborik104life - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Hagelin gets 3. Weber loses 1 minute and 40 seconds of his TOI pay, Repeat offender’s assault on Boyle gets one game. I said it before and I’ll say it again Hagelin deserved a suspension. 3 playoff games which in Shanny’s world is equal to 6 regular season games means Hagelin got suspended for more games than Keith did essentially. Great job Shanny continuing to make absolutely no sense except for showing stars get treated differently.

  9. brian32556 - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Before the playoffs began I would not have argued with 3 games for the type of hit, even for previous non-offender. But after letting Weber get away with intent to injure, only one game was in line.

  10. elguapo12 - Apr 15, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Ouch…suspended for the remainder of the playoffs.

  11. datsyukx13 - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    First time offender 3 games wow. The NHL is a joke when it comes to head shots its so inconsitent and makes no sense. Way to go Shanahan your doing a real good job buddy.

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