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Simmonds says he “can’t be mad” at Erskine for elbow

Feb 6, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

Wayne Simmonds harbors no ill will towards the guy that concussed him.

That was the word out of Philadelphia on Wednesday as Simmonds returned to practice in a non-contract capacity and, following the skate, told the Philadelphia Daily News he didn’t think Capitals defenseman John Erskine intentionally tried to hurt him with this elbow:

“I don’t think it was intended to hurt me,” Simmonds explained. “If I thought it was, I would have said something. He’s a big, strong, stay-at-home d-man, I don’t think I’ve ever seen him try to hurt someone.”

Simmonds said the concussion was the first of his career and says he’s been headache free “the entire time.”

As for Erskine, he was suspended three games for the elbow — a decision he disagreed with — and later texted Simmonds an apology.

Simmonds was glad to hear from Erskine, and re-iterated he wasn’t upset.

“[Erskine] knew he had gotten caught, we were going on a 3-on-1 the other way,” he said. “Sometimes, things happen fast in hockey. It’s a fast-paced game.

“You can’t be mad at him for it. It’s not really a big deal to me, it’s a hockey play.”

  1. broadstreetbeatdown - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    It just shows what a classy guy Wayne Simmonds is. Simmer gets it and realizes that players get caught up in the heat of the moment. Erskine on the other hand is a Dbag.

  2. operwapitsai - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    ^^^ lol uhhhh yea ok…

    • mclovinhockey - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      what did you not agree with from what broad street said? he says its a hockey play which is true, it happens in hockey all the time. Erskine did not apologize for the cheap shot…

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:38 PM

        Don’t bother trying to use logic on him mclovin. He’s just mad he hasn’t hit puberty yet

      • sportsfreak13 - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:43 PM

        You must of missed the part where erskine later texted simmonds an apology.

      • mclovinhockey - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:52 PM

        actually sportsfreak I must have. was not aware, I retract that part of my statement if thats true

  3. mclovinhockey - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    it happens in hockey, simmonds knows that. glad he is okay from that huge elbow.

  4. franchisethighs - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Simmonds is glitter blooded. Why doesn’t Erskine have it coming like Crombeen? Filthy is baby powder soft.

  5. Jack Bauer 24 - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Simmonds is a punk

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:03 PM

      Uh oh guys look out we got a tough guy here. Tell us Jack what secret agent moves would you use on Simmer?

  6. orangeandblack67 - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Really, Simmonds is a punk? That’s as fictitious as your user name. I doubt you or Jack Bauer would have the sack to say that to him on the ice.

    • Jack Bauer 24 - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      lol simmer down there captain hero … Its replies like this one , that keep me and everyone else on this site entertained. You’re the type of fan that gets pissed off when someone at a game yells at your favorite player and says he stinks and I bet your the type that replies with ” I dont see you out there doing any better”

  7. timmons94 - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Wow. Impressive. Looked like he clearly raised elbow but happens so fast. Good for Simmonds

  8. orangeandblack67 - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    And franchise. Why don’t you take your senseless dribble somewhere it’s tolerable, like a penguins fanboy site. Leave the hockey talk to the big boys who actually have a clue about the sport.

  9. malkinrulez - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Simmonds is old school gets the game.

  10. chrisk61 - Feb 6, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    the real issue with the elbow is that, if i recall, 2 officials watched it happen and didn’t call anything. also, regarding franchisethigh’s not so bright comment comparing erskine elbow to crombeen’s wrist slash…they are different. erskine wasn’t dirty, crombeen was. erskine hit simmonds who defends himself very well. cromwell hit giroux, flyers captain. and perhaps flyers have full intent to respond to erskine at later date.

  11. mclovinhockey - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    @ Bauer, all he said was you are an idiot for saying a remark like that. Since you clearly have no clue about the player for saying what you said why don’t you just keep quiet next time.

  12. benzoids - Feb 7, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    I’ll give Simmonds a 9 for diving on that one;)

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