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Arron Asham receives a four-game suspension

Apr 17, 2012, 10:41 PM EDT

It took a curious amount of time, but the NHL rolled out suspensions for two controversial figures in the penalty-filled Game 3 between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins. While star sniper James Neal will sit out Game 4, tough winger Arron Asham will miss the rest of the first round – no matter what. The league handed Asham a four-game suspension for a cross-check on Flyers youngster Brayden Schenn.

Here is the explanation video:

So, how do you feel? Is that punishment too light, just right or too harsh? Do tell.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    THAT’S IT?!?!?!?!

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:27 PM

      if this get’s you one game from the smallest guy in the game (see below)… I am shocked at what the Pens players are getting away with and Weber and what’s his face in Ottawa the other night.

      Shanny is a joke

      • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:30 PM

        and I mean’t two games. sorry for the typo.

        Seriously look at the differences in punishment and the intention from the other plays…

        PMB in no way intended to hit this guy in the face above, he mean’t to hit him in the body or whatever and then the other raised his stick in to his own face. PMB is responsible for his stick, no doubt… but when you measure the differences in these to those of what has happened in the playoffs, it’s laughable!

        I don’t care if their regular season games, pre-season games, or playoffs.

        grow a pair of balls you pu$$y Shanahan

      • itsallniceonice - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:55 PM

        Lars Eller did the same thing to Krejci and it didn’t even get looked at. Shanahan is a joke. He has to suspend/fine danger not results.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:58 PM

      He got FOUR games, that’s a ton.

      • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:16 AM


        4 games when there is only one left in their season ????

        You’re a CLOWN if you honestly think 4 games is okay for someone to act like he did, and then compare that to other suspensions or lack there of around the league this year

        HAHAHA, wow.

  2. pensswag91 - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    No record, no injury, 5 is fair.

  3. lasallehockey81 - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    In the video, Shannahan says four games.

    • pensswag91 - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:46 PM

      Yeah, It’s 4 games.

      • James O'Brien - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:48 PM

        It’s been corrected – the video on had a different total.

      • lasallehockey81 - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:48 PM

        NHL’s website also screwed it up in the title of the video. That says 5 games, too.

  4. ll8078 - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    so Rinado does that to Crosby, it’s a 5 game suspension? Hope he does it in game 4.

  5. redux12 - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:45 PM


    • pensswag91 - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:47 PM

      Neal’s charge wasn’t that bad.

      • stakex - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:51 PM

        Yes THEY were…. which is the bigger picture. There were two illegal hits by Neal, both with clear intent. Once might be an accident, but twice? Not a chance, and he only gets one game? What a joke.

    • ezekiahjones - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:57 PM

      I’m just shocked he even got a suspension

  6. ravenscaps48 - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Is it me, or has this season been the worst officiated season from top to bottom? The Disciplinarian has been awful, The Referees have been awful, The Linesmen have been awful, and the Players have NO IDEA what they can and can’t do… ATROCIOUS is what this is… And Bettman wonders why they’re in 4th Place among the 4 Major Sports in the U.S.

    • nobandwagoners - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:26 AM

      Ah, no. The players KNOW what they can and cannot do. It’s just a matter of what they WANT to do.

      I mean, a hit to the head or cross check to the face or a flying elbow, those are all penalties. That has not changed. And the risk of suspension is and always has been there. Whether it gets you one, two, three or no games is the only question but that’s after the fact. Do you seriously think a player is thinking, “I better not cross check him in the face because I might get a fine/suspension/etc.”? No, they just do what they feel like doing and let the chips fall where they may. It’s really a question of respect for the other player.

  7. challer9 - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    4 games (odd number for a suspension) just shows the NHL is trying to protect Asham from the Flyers as that’s how many games are left in the series. Damn I wish the league would get off the Penguins nuts.

    • ml3939 - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:00 PM

      I imagine he got 4 games to keep him out of the series if it goes that far.

  8. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Just imagine if Crosby was the victim haha…

  9. stakex - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Shanahan has no credability left after this. What little he had just flew out the window.

    Lets review for a second. Haglein (with no record) recieved three games for an accidental headshot. There was no intent, it was just an over zealous play by a young player . Yet Asham goes out of the way to attack another player with his stick. Its one thing to get a bit too high with an elbow…. but Asham used his stick as a weapon with the intent to hurt another player, and only gets one game more then Haglein? How does that make ANY sense?

    Then, Neal only gets one game for trying to take Giroux’s head off and nothing for a very dirty hit on Couturier? The Couturier hit was actually the worse of the two… he left his feet to hit a player that never had the puck. If thats not intent to injure I don’t know what is. Hell Ovechkin was suspended three games this year for a VERY similar hit on a player that DID have the puck. Its simply amazing that a player, who has a record I might add, could be guilty of two very dirty hits in one game and only get a one game suspension for it… it boggles the mind.

    Even the guys on NHL Live has no idea whats going on. These suspensions are extremely light when compared to other suspensions this year… and they say one thing: Feel free to play without control and its no big deal if you try to hurt other players, so long as your don’t succeed. Or, perhaps they say its fine when Pittsburgh does. Either way the league needs a MASSIVE shake up next year if its going to be anything close to credible.

    • sabatimus - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:51 PM

      You forgot Carkner.

  10. habsman - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    It could be worse, Shanahan could have a son playing for one of the teams while dishing out discipline.

    • sabatimus - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:52 PM

      It could be worse: habsman could still be butthurt about last season.

    • itsallniceonice - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:56 PM


  11. eaglesw00t - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    If it were a Flyer hitting Crosby in the throat, it would have been 10 games.

    If a Flyer hit Crosby blind sided when he was nowhere near the puck, (and left his feet to launch his body) he would have gotten a major, a game misconduct, and probably a suspension on top of that.

    They want the Pens in round 2 in the worst way.

  12. michiganhockey11 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    The Wings Brad Stuart said it best regarding the non-suspensions

    Players say they just want consistency in the calls and the punishment.

    “I read a comment from Shanahan that mentioned discipline in the playoffs might be different than it was during the regular season because playoff games are more important to guys,” Stuart said. “They might take a one-game suspension in the playoffs that might be worth three or four during the regular season, which kind of sends mixed signals.

    “If you can go after a superstar and get one game for it, knock him out for three or four games, who’s got the advantage there?”

    Asham should have gotten 10 games. Don’t matter if they are trying to equate 1 playoff game to 2-3 regualr season games. A game is a game.

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