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Zetterberg thinks NHL set bar with Weber ruling

Apr 17, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

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Of all the decisions Brendan Shanahan has been forced to make in the playoffs, perhaps none has been more controversial than his decision to fine, not suspend, Shea Weber for smashing Henrik Zetterberg’s face into the boards.

Although on second thought, the Andrew Shaw suspension has been pretty controversial.

And the Matt Carkner suspension was pretty controversial.

And the Carl Hagelin suspension was pretty controversial.

Whatever. That’s not the point. The point is, the Weber ruling (a $2,500 fine) drew a lot of criticism for its perceived leniency.

There’s also a theory that it paved the way for all the other offenses we’ve seen since the ruling, i.e. If Weber can smash a guy’s face into the boards and get away with it, then I’m going to (fill in the blank with your choice of violence).

Today, Zetterberg was asked if there was some validity to the theory.

“That could be true,” he said, as per WXYZ-TV in Detroit.

“I think the league had a pretty good opportunity to set the bar, and I guess they did.”

Personally I’m not completely sold on the theory. For example, I don’t think Carkner attacked Brian Boyle because he thought he’d get a slap on the wrist like Weber did – he did it to stick up for a teammate, plain and simple.

And I doubt James Neal was running around taking shots at Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier because he thought he’d get away with it – he did it because the Penguins were losing and he was, quite frankly, freaking out.

That said, if the general attitude among the players is that the NHL is soft on crime, then the Weber ruling probably didn’t help.

  1. Playing the Ponzi - Apr 17, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    He’s right.

  2. mathpete13 - Apr 17, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Amen….roll the dice Mr. VP of player safety.

  3. govtminion - Apr 17, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Just look on the bright side. The first round ends next week, and then there’s only eight teams left. That’s half as many chances for players to pull stupid antics, so half as many players getting bludgeoned to death out there. Then the third round, half again, andhalf again in the Finals, and then it’s summer and Shanahan can start talking about being tough on this sort of crap again without his actions undermining his words.

  4. sgtr0c - Apr 17, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Neal lost his cool twice, in the third period, of a third game, where, his team had no answers, for anything. They were beat and he was just going for revenge. It had been three in a row where his team had no answer, and the goals were adding up. If you are justifying that he was freaking out, why is he a pro, he can’t handle the pressure, it was revenge, twice, intent to harm. It was not just a crash into the board, revenge…….Get that scum outa here, let him come back when he realizes how much he misses being a pro, and his pay check

    • crosberries - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:07 PM

      Wahhhhhhhhhh more crying

      • sgtr0c - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:06 PM

        Wow, you are like a PHT celeb, thanks for giving my post some cred…….also, let be the first to say to you, Happy off-season, since it will start Wednesday night

  5. walleye9000 - Apr 17, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    I have watched hockey for 25 years and i do not see what all the fuss is about. This stuf has been going on for years so why is everybody got there panytes in a bunch. Were talking about Hockey playoffs not golf, you all no there is going to be hard hits fights and bad desisions. I have been reading Philly fans wine about getting hit or punched and slashed BOO HOO this coming from the broad street buillies. Man up and play or do they not like the tactics Philly has been using for ever. Chene got hit and layed there like they had to cart him off then got got help to the bench, Then came back out in the same period and layed some hits and almost got in a fight. I think he was acting to get the major and it worked Asham was done for the game. So come on Philly fans knock off the BOO HOO crap .

    • WeWantTheCup - Apr 17, 2012 at 6:13 PM

      It’s Schenn.

      • walleye9000 - Apr 17, 2012 at 6:24 PM

        Maybe it should be glass chin!!

    • sgtr0c - Apr 17, 2012 at 6:25 PM

      If you watched hockey for 25 years, you would know, that after playing 10 periods against the same team, having no answer to their offense plan, it would just make your team look bad, hitting players, who don’t have the puck, behind the play……… Maybe you have only watched 25 minutes…………

    • sizzle299 - Apr 17, 2012 at 7:33 PM

      If you’ve been watching hockey for 25 years you should know better. 25 years ago there were not so many rules preventing players from policing themselves. If guys did today what the did 25 years ago to players like Neal they’d spend the entire game on the pk and hurt their team by making them lose. The object is to win after all genius.

      Also, does the fact that a player like SCHENN returns to play in a game mean he wasn’t really hurt? Have you ever gotten stung and needed to sit a few plays out? Have you ever been cross-checked in the throat? That SCHENN came back at all is a tribute to how tough he is. So he came back and threw hits and tussles with Sid the Skid? What does that have to do with anything?

      Finally, how does the team’s play in the 70′s have anything to do with right here and now? That argument doesn’t apply, and if you notice, only the most clueless dumbasses are bringing that up.

      You are a clueless moron and people like you are the reason these message boards went from tolerable to barely readable.

      • crosberries - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:10 PM

        I love the it’s not the 70′s excuse. Child please you think when philthy finally wins something they would shy away from that formula. This is the first year they’ve cut most of the cheap stuff out minus maybe giroux trying to kick and cut people with his skates

    • hockinj25 - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:43 PM

      Have you ever heard of spellcheck?

  6. WeWantTheCup - Apr 17, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Shanny sure set the bar with Weber. $2,500 fine for a guy that makes 7.5 million. If you transfer that to someone making $50,000 a year that equals $16. Everyone must be scared to lose that kind of money after a head shot. I used to respect shanny and if it doesn’t come out that the league is forcing his hand then I will have lost all respect for him, he is doing no better than that idiot Colin Campbell was doing. If the hit on Alfie was 3 playoff games which equates to 6 regular season games by shanny’s standards then he thinks the hit on alfie was worse than the elbow to sedin which only got 5 games. what a joke, and I can’t help but feel bad for zetterberg who probably can’t even say what he really feels cause he doesn’t want to get fined or cause a distraction for his team while they are in the playoffs.

  7. vshehane - Apr 17, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Can’t beat a good glass of red whine. The gift that keeps on giving.

  8. geo91 - Apr 17, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    They don’t get paid in the playoffs but I see your point. The Brent Burns hit was the worst of the playoffs still

    • ray2013 - Apr 17, 2012 at 6:35 PM

      I’ll propose the following: teams are notorious copy-cats. If they see something work, they find a way to copy the next season. In last year’s finals, you had a finesse, puck-possession team and you had a bruising physical team. Two very different approaches. The team that won, the Bruins, was the one this year’s teams copy (and why wouldn’t they, it worked). Shanny’s ridiculous standards are just making things worse, but they aren’t the only factor.

  9. jrod691 - Apr 17, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Along with the Asham cross-check on Schenn, the Shea Weber WWF face smash was the most suspension worthy play of the playoffs. They really dropped the ball on that one.

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