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Wild’s Setoguchi faces disciplinary hearing for Quincey cross-check (w/video)

Feb 18, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

Minnesota forward Devin Setoguchi has a Tuesday hearing with NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan after cross-checking Detroit defenseman Kyle Quincey in the face on Sunday night, Mike Russo of the Minnesota Star-Tribune reports.

According to Russo, the hearing will be strictly to decide how much (if at all) Setoguchi will be fined. Russo’s sources claim it has already been determined the Wild forward won’t be suspended.

Here’s video of the incident:

Setoguchi was given a double minor for high-sticking on the play while Quincey left the ice for the remainder of the second period, but returned to log six minutes of ice time in the final frame.

The 26-year-old winger has a clean history when it comes to discipline, having never been fined nor suspended at the NHL level.

Of course, this was Setoguchi’s second double high-sticking minor in his last five games.

He was tagged for one during a Feb. 9 game against Nashville, though it seems unlikely this would constitute repeat behavior. (Unless the repeat behavior was “being careless with one’s stick,” or “taking bad penalties at crucial moments.”)

  1. misterchainbluelightning - Feb 18, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Take the hit u goof, suspend him a game

    • jrmehle - Feb 18, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      Seto is just playing with his head up.

      • hockinj25 - Feb 18, 2013 at 8:18 PM

        And his stick up.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 19, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      Was an attempt at a charge.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 19, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      Keep in mind that even if they suspend him a game, he’s probably back sooner than if he took the hit. Just ask Landeskog…I’d have much rather seen him get his stick up on Stuart.

  2. polegojim - Feb 18, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    It was a punk play by a historically clean guy.

    … it is hockey… and you’re going to get hit Devin.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 19, 2013 at 8:19 AM

      As the video shows….CLEARLY he isn’t. Quincey was about to charge him, which is illegal. Not a punk play, any more than Quincey’s was – however it was just as illegal. If Seto was my boy I would congratulate his reaction time after the game. No one HAS to get hit from the blindside.

      • polegojim - Feb 19, 2013 at 9:41 AM

        Quincey didn’t travel a great ‘distance’ to target him – that’s charging…

        You play the puck, you look to get hit. Period.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 19, 2013 at 10:09 AM

        Disagree. I think it would add something to the game if fowards were allowed to

  3. kgod30 - Feb 18, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    It was a reaction, it was not malicious in my opinion. Penalty warranted, fine possible to send a message, but that is it. I don’t think anyone wants to get blindsided and Seto was going to get popped when he turned.

    • polegojim - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:42 AM

      Nobody ‘wants’ to get checked hard… or blind sided but that’s hockey.

      Which is exactly the point isn’t it?

      • kgod30 - Feb 19, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        There is a difference between getting hit hard and getting blindsided – it was a reaction…maybe put some skates on and try it yourself.

      • polegojim - Feb 19, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        Maybe you shouldn’t assume I don’t own skates and haven’t received and delivered exactly the same types of hits.

        He was FINED… because it was WRONG.

        Go back to your creampuff league.

  4. jrmehle - Feb 18, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Michael Russo is reporting the NHL has told him it will not be suspending Setoguchi.

  5. nvandy42 - Feb 18, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    I’m a Wild fan first off. I don’t think there was any intent. He turned at the last second and it was more reaction than anything. I think he’ll get fined.

    Having said that…. If he did get suspended, I wouldn’t mind, only because I wanna see Johan Larsson and Jason Zucker get another chance to both be in the lineup on Thursday…. haha

  6. migoli - Feb 18, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Anyone who thinks that was on purpose is a true idiot or hates seto and/or the wild as a team .

  7. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 19, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    I certainly don’t see anything worth suspending…that whole thing happened way too quick. To be honest what I saw was Quincey all ramped up in full stride about to charge an unsuspecting player with his head turned, and instead got a healthy dose of poetic justice. I realize we don’t like to discuss charging, though. I actually gained a good bit of respect for Seto’s hand eye coordination with this one. Ninja.

    • freebie717 - Feb 19, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      First, let me say, I’m not a fan of either team so I’m indifferent on this one, but I think you are way off by thinking this is charging. Charging would require Quincy to target Seto and travel a distance (build momentum) in order to level him. Quincy didn’t even stride towards him, he glided then they made contact. Granted, he was going to try and crush Seto before he could even realize what was happening, but that isn’t illegal. Not even close to charging.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 19, 2013 at 10:48 AM

        Disagree…I believe Quincey was moving towards Seto and had travelled enough of a distance for the sole purpose of annihilating a player that clearly was unsuspecting – and instead he got a surprise. There is no firm definition of what that distance needs to be, and it’s not something that’s called very often unless it’s to settle an escalating match down a bit.

        I’m honestly not a fan of either of these teams either…but if I’m Seto you’re damn straight I’m clocking this dude. I used Landeskog as the example before, but I’ll add it here. Even with a game suspension, should he get one (and I don’t believe he deserves it), it’s worth it.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 19, 2013 at 10:53 AM

        You guys are right…I looked at it again – he wasn’t really moving towards him (watched it on my phone earlier). Not a charge.

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