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Arron Asham to have face-to-face hearing over Schenn cross check

Apr 16, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

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Arron Asham‘s brutal cross check to the throat of Flyers rookie Brayden Schenn didn’t go unnoticed by the NHL.

Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reports Asham will have a face-to-face hearing with Brendan Shanahan tomorrow at 11 a.m. to discuss the hit in question. With the meeting being in person that means Asham is likely looking at a suspension greater than five games. The NHL confirms Kypreos’ report announcing hearings with both Asham and James Neal.

Asham’s hit on Schenn happened during a wild first period of Philly’s 8-4 win over the Penguins that saw numerous scrums and assorted nonsense erupt throughout the game. After the tough suspensions we’ve seen for Vancouver’s Byron Bitz and New York’s Carl Hagelin, Asham’s very poor decision is going to see the book thrown at him.

  1. obamablowz - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    I like Asham as a player, but that was intent to injure, not to mention punching the guy in the head after he’s down, and there is no place for that type of thing in this sport. I think 5 games is too light.

    • somekat - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      What is there to like with Asham as a player? He gives no value to any NHL team whatsoever. It is saying something when you are on a roster with Dan Carcillo, and you are let go because of lack of discipline, but Carcillo isn’t

      • obamablowz - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:50 PM

        What isn’t to like about Asham as a player….how many 4th line players can rack up 200 pts in a career?

    • themohel - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      I agree. I think he’ll get some sort of hybrid suspension that carries over until next season. Something like the rest of the playoffs and ten games to start next year, with next year shrinking if the Pens somehow get past the 1st round. That was borderline criminal intent to injure.

    • beavertonsteve - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      I get Asham trying to stick up for his guy. I didn’t think Schenn’s hit deserved a penalty, but whatever, get in his face, shove him on the ground, trade some punches, break his nose, but trying to take his head off and then punching him in the back of his head as he’s lying on the ice? I’m wondering what his teammates thought of that.

    • atb4 - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:11 PM

      I would guess he gets suspended for the rest of round 1 and all of round 2 if Pittsburgh were inexplicably able to make it there.
      Assuming they get eliminated, I’d guess it might carry over to the first 5-10 games of next season. No clue though, and Asham’s on a one year contract, so not even sure how that’d work if he didn’t re-up with the Pens.

  2. beavertonsteve - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Bringing ground and pound to the NHL is probably not going to earn you points with Shanahan.

  3. scoops1 - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    He could have cracked his windpipe with that cross check

    • michiganhockey11 - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      Could have been a lethal blow. Crushed trachea makes it very difficult for the body to continue taking in oxygen.

  4. wingsdjy - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Did it occur right at the end of the game? Then it’s just a fine.


    • uncledick - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      Happened in the middle of the game, moron.

      • supercoop8 - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:10 PM

        He is making light of the non-suspension to Weber, Richard..

  5. ravenscaps48 - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    10-15 Games… Who does he think he is, Ogie Ogilthorpe?

    • michiganhockey11 - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      That, or he thinks he’s Clarence “Screaming Buffalo” Swamptown or Tim “Dr. Hook” McCracken.

      Asham is done, regardless of if the Penguins get a mirace and get out of this series. Asham is done playing in the post-season. If Philly wins game 4, look for suspension to carry-over into the regular season.
      Someone should replay this for Mario after last nights game…

      “Hockey is a tough, physical game, and it always should be. But what
      happened Friday night on Long Island wasn’t hockey. It was a travesty.
      It was painful to watch the game I love turn into a sideshow like that. The
      NHL had a chance to send a clear and strong message that those kinds of
      actions are unacceptable and embarrassing to the sport. It failed. We,
      as a league, must do a better job of protecting the integrity of the
      game and the safety of our players. We must make it clear that those
      kinds of actions will not be tolerated and will be met with meaningful
      disciplinary action. If the events relating to Friday night reflect the state of the league, I need to re-think whether I want to be a part of it.”

      When your Captain contnues his cheapshot little b!tch mentality, it really proves you made a great decision giving him that C on his sweater. Anybody can throw an uppercut when a linesman is giving interference, but you had all day to do something prior…

      • michiganhockey11 - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:33 PM

        With his trying rookie season, with the litigation, the notoriety, his subsequent deportation to Canada and that country’s refusal to accept him!

    • emoser - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:15 PM

      It should be at least that. I would hope that Shanahan treats these suspensions as if they were in the regular season, given that anything over one game is probably going to be served next season anyway.

  6. kizmyass94 - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Man what a bunch of whiners…you’re crying because a “Broad St. Bully” got his ass kicked?? Go home and watch the ballet or something because you obviously have no idea who the “Broad St. Bullys” are or how they play hockey. It’s hockey!! Smythe’s credo, “If you can’t beat ’em in the alley, you can’t beat ’em on the ice” and the Flyers got their a$$es beat in the alley, period.

    • epictron1 - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      First, there is a difference between being a fighting, and the cheap shots the Penguins were doing yesterday. They were clearly aiming to hurt people. There is no place for that in the game.

      And with the Flyers up 3-0…. I guess we know where it really matters when it comes to winning.

    • 12strikes - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      What series are you watching??? I see a Flyers team that is treating the Penguins like the proverbial red headed step child.

      One hit does not make an A$$ beating… But loosing 3 games (which you had a lead in all) and giving up 20 goals…. well that is as close to an A$$ beating that you can get while still having your pants on.

    • odj810 - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      you can’t deny the penguins won just about every fight there was. There a better fighting team. But when its all said and done are you really gonna brag your team beat up the flyers? Your about to get swept, the penguins have nothing to be proud of.

      • kneary47 - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:11 PM

        let’s take a real look at the fights.

        Crosby waits till the ref is about to step in between and then throws his punches. Don’t think Giroux really thought he was going to get into a fight.

        Letang goes after Timmonen who I don’t know if he ever got into a fight before in his career. Still don’t think he landed a single quality punch on him.

        Adams v Hartnell. Well if you want to count punching a guy in the back of the head as he is dealing with Crosby then yes I guess he won that fight. Guess you didn’t notice when they squared up there really were no punches thrown.

        Are you counting Asham punching Schenn in the back of the head as a fight too?

  7. jucam1 - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    That’s cute that you think the Flyers “got beat”… The Pens (like you) are cowards, and of it wasn’t because the Flyers get called for even looking at SydGina cross-eyed they’ed be knocking out all of the girls from Pitts…. So you shut your mouth and enjoy the Flyers owning your sad little city and team

  8. myersflyers - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Yeah right..hey shana a scam I hope asham brings his stock in your office and hits you on the throat….time for you to step down….

    • cweez2 - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      his “stock?” What, are you expecting him to hit Shanny in the throat with his specimen cup? Ewww

  9. heyzeus143 - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    pens in 7, we can beat you

    • miketoasty - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      Coming from a Pens fan…. You’re an idiot.

    • ml3939 - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      We, what are you taking Asham or Neal’s spot in the lineup? Ooh, watch out for heyzeus143. Because I am sure you know, the Pens’ are gonna need divine intervention to pull this one out.

    • rowley58 - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      Of all the comment on here that is the funniest one – done in 4

    • cweez2 - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:28 PM

      you got them right where you want them, don’t you?

  10. odj810 - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    I think he should be suspended. But an in person hearing? How can you go and suspend him over 5 games potentially and carkner gets 1. It is the same exact thing. There is no difference between the altercations. Also if noone is hurt from neals hits, how can he even get suspended? Has that not been shannys MO. I don’t agree with it but if your going to change the way you operate I hope its not in the middle of the playoffs.

    • freebie717 - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      Hitting someone with a hockey stick via crosscheck and hitting someone with a fist via punch are two completely different things. I’m not sure where the confusion is for you…

      • odj810 - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:37 PM

        Its a mugging. And personally I think asham realized he F’d up and after he did his dirty deed he stopped after one punch on the ice. Carkner kept going on the ice as boyle was covering up. I think ashams play was disgusting but I don’t think theres a 4 game difference between the 2 altercations. This is more of a knock on shanny’s job. He built himself a mess.

  11. myvickinabox14 - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    The penguins are clowns. Scumbags. I’ve been reading all of these pathetic posts over the course of the three games and wow. It started, you one one game Philly, win two then come talk to us. Then it was, ok, you took us in Pittsburg, but you suck at home, we will talk after game three in Philly. And now, wow, well, we fraught better then Philly. Except the loss! If you come back and win in 7, that would be great for you and horrible to me. But until that happens, shut up. Watch game 4 and maybe 5. Then go live in your little box in Pittsburg for the rest of the offseason. Go F yourself Pittsburg!!

    • miketoasty - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      I don’t think one series constitutes them as scumbags. Very heated rivalry which the Pens went over the line, and it cost them another year of their talent, wasted. Hopefully they will learn to keep their emotions in check next season when playing the Flyers.

    • crosberries - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      Umm I know there’s lots of special people in philthy but English please???

  12. sabatimus - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    I’m sure Shanahan will find a way to screw this one up, too.

  13. stakex - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    I just hope that any suspension given out takes into account that the Pens are likely to be finished off on Wednesday. Since suspensions in the playoffs are always lighter, Shanahan needs to factor in Asham probably only has one, perhaps two, playoffs games left… and that the rest of any suspension will be regular season games next year.

    As such, I think Shanahan should just make Ashams suspension the rest of the playoffs (highly unlikely to be more then a couple games) and the first 10-15 games of next season. This was a very very dangerous attack on another player and the league has to come down hard on this crap. If Shanahan only gives him a 5 game suspension or less I think he needs to be fired.

  14. philly4lyfe - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    How are you bragging about winning a fight or two? Your team was picked by 95% of the national media and Vegas to win it all. And despite all your star caliber players with cup winning experience, your about to be swept in the first round by a team with 7-8 rookies. You, like your team, are absolutely pathetic.

  15. phillyphan08 - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    One series, THAT’S a joke the pens r a joke of a hockey team first of all instead of playing to ur potential in years past, they sandbag to get two of the most dirtiest, crybabies ever to lace em up.second of all The rest of the losers on that team are only following the example of their SO-CALLED leaders, ( I meant losers ) learn how to play the gm nd manage a franchise …. Flyers don’t have to sandbag to win, just sit back nd continue too watch our rookies rape ur cheating, dirty, crybabies,…. Don’t just listen to us it’s all around the league.. Ask the rangers;) G37 VVo12k3d Sc12u13…..

  16. chumthumper - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Psyching themselves up, sending a message my arse. The Pens are getting whupped and they can’t handle it. Instead of dirty play and cheap intimidation after the game is decided, why don’t they try playing hockey from the gitgo for a change. On a even lower note, I doubt the NHL will hand down any kind of meaningful discipline to any player until someone is really injured and/or carried off on a stretcher.

  17. phillyphan08 - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:50 PM

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    Why Everyone Hates the Pittsburgh Penguins: A Fan’s Take

    By Scott Cornell | Yahoo! Contributor Network – 4 hours ago

    The Pittsburgh Penguins came under fire in the weeks leading up to the playoffs. First, there was the Peter Laviolette incident, where the Flyers bench boss accused Penguins coach Dan Bylsma of putting out his checking line to injure his players, nearly jumping the glass to scream at him. Then, there was the John Torterella incident, where the Rangers head coach blasted the Penguins organization as being one of the “most arrogant organizations in the league.”
    So what’s with all the Pittsburgh hate?
    If you want to know why the Pittsburgh Penguins are the league’s most hated team, it’s because it’s also the one with the least amount of class, the one with a hypocritical owner and the one with players who play with an intent to injure when they can’t handle getting destroyed by the opposition. And all this came to fruition in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Series against the Flyers. The Penguins, getting blasted on the score board courtesy of their in-state nemesis once again, reverted to cheap shots. There was Arron Asham, cross checking a Flyer in the throat and then sucker punching him, followed by James Neal leaving his feet to target the head of a Flyer player. Then there was NHL golden boy Sidney Crosby yapping and starting stuff after the whistle, knowing full well that the Flyers know his medical history. If they really wanted to, Philadelphia could have easily stooped to Pittsburgh’s level in taking him out for good.
    As someone with zero rooting interest in the Flyers, Penguins series, I became a big Flyer fan following that Game 3.
    I love the NHL playoffs because it’s physical, nasty and intense. But Pittsburgh crossed the line, big time. And it all starts up top. Mario Lemieux, one of the best players of all time, may also be one of the biggest hypocrites in the league. He publicly blasted the NHL for its “failure” in disciplining several New York Islanders players over a year ago in a fight-filled game with the Penguins. Yet, he was also the guy that signed cheap-shot artist Matt Cooke’s checks. Admittedly, Cooke has cleaned up his game quite a bit since being suspended for his late-season actions last year. If he wanted to stay a Penguin he had to, coach Dan Bylsma, Lemiuex and General Manager Ray Shero told us. Evidently, that was all a bunch of “let’s try to look good in the media” talk.
    Yes, Pittsburgh’s nonsense starts at the top and dribbles down to Bylsma. I was actually surprised by the poise Laviolette showed on the bench and more surprised that he didn’t send someone out to pummel one of Pittsburgh’s top guys. But Bylsma had absolutely no control over his bench. And after looking at themselves in the mirror first, management and ownership should consider relieving him of his duties this off-season because of it. And finally, the players are to blame. Crosby was unglued at the seams. Defenseman Kris Letang’s stupidity cost him a game misconduct early in the first period. And Arron Asham and James Neal’s cheap shots should get them hearings with the league’s disciplinary office. Not to mention Craig Adam’s instigator. Who even knows what the handshake line will look like when the Flyers mercifully finish off this embarrassing organization this season.
    There’s been a lot said about the Penguins from their competitors around the league lately. As evidenced in Game 3, it’s all true.
    Scott Cornell is an avid hockey fan. He hopes the league comes down hard on the embarrassment that has become the Pittsburgh Penguins………… Lol that’s from around the NHL……you guys r class/less, not to mention clueless….hope ur PROUD

  18. drewsylvania - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    I really hate the Pens right now, and what Asham did had dirty written all over it…but anyone else think Schenn pulled a huge fake job and pretended he was hurt so that he could get Asham in trouble? He went down writhing, stayed down for a long time, had to be helped off the ice…then came back two minutes later and was fine.


    • picturej - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      How about someone crosschecks you in the trachea and we can all see how long it takes you to get up?

  19. steeldoeboy - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Coming from a Pens fan…it’s a total disgrace to any sport the actions that took place in game 3!!!Asham no matter what his suspension is it doesn’t matter.He only on a 1 year contract with the Pens.And honestly he shouldn’t put on another sweater of any team again!And all these post about the Pens being cheap shots,dirty,crybabies from Flyer fans isn’t that the pot calling the Kettle black?Broad St Bullies,The Legion of Doom…. Wow maybe they’ve forgot their heritage!!Let alone seens how Asham came from Philly and have Hartnell.All in all….The Flyers have whipped our azzes and their is no excuse and no 2 ways about it….

  20. thehighcountrybear - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Gotta like all the pencil-neck Sunday hockey heroes cracking-on about that garbage played in Philadelphia was hockey…get yourself a TV Guide and tune into the WWF. Better still, strap on the pads and play the game the way it was meant to be played. Anybody with any sense will tune that garbage out and will make damn sure their kids don’t watch it. And the NHL wonders why efforts at marketing in non-traditional markets are a lost cause? That mess was an embarrassment to the game…

  21. phillyphan83 - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    odj, tell me, how were those two hits the same? I can’t say in the 28 years I’ve been watching hockey that I’ve EVER seen a cross check to the throat. idiot

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