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Canucks’ Vigneault doesn’t think Hansen will be suspended for Hossa hit

Feb 20, 2013, 12:46 AM EST

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While the Chicago Blackhawks were relatively diplomatic with their take on the Marian Hossa hit, Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault confidently told the Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus that Jannik Hansen won’t face supplemental discipline.

“Not a chance. Not a chance,” Vigneault said. “[He was] trying to grab a puck in the air. It’s unfortunate if a young man is hurt, it’s unfortunate. Trying to jump to get the puck. Stuff happens.”

In fact, Vigneault even believes that officials erred when giving Hansen, 29, a minor penalty for roughing.

“It wasn’t even a penalty,” Vigneault said. “Until Toews went out to talk to [refs] it wasn’t even a penalty.”

The Canucks came back in the game to earn a charity point, but the Blackhawks got the last laugh with a 4-3 shootout victory.

In case you’re wondering, the Canucks have one more regular season game left against the Blackhawks: a home matchup versus Chicago on April 22.

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  1. tbeilfuss - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Yea, and Dave Tippett thought that Torres’ hit on Hossa was “a hockey play”.

    AV, you are the Jim Schwartz was the NHL……

    • tbeilfuss - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:55 AM

      *of the NHL

  2. esracerx46 - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    I guess AV doesnt realize its usually better to not tell a powerful person what theyre going to do. Sort of like what Yakupov did. It just doesnt need to be said.

  3. freneticgarfieldfan - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    Of course he has to say that, in the end he’s coaching a bunch of cheap shot artists.
    I think he doesn’t believe in his own words here.

  4. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 20, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    No offense but being completely impartial this doesn’t seem like a dirty hit at all…actually the contact seems extremely incidental until you slow it down. The first time I saw the video in real-time I thought surely Hossa was diving. I do wonder how this wasn’t a penalty until Toews said it was – that is what I got from the replay also.

  5. billsin20xx - Feb 20, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Yes, he had to jump up (leading with his elbow) to get that puck that was at Hossa’s hip level at the time!

    Do you think this could help lead an effort to get rid of the ‘hard edged’ elbow pads they wear now?

  6. tfaltin - Feb 20, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Hockey Gods, please let these teams meet in the playoffs.

    More importantly, hope Hossa really is okay and can recover/return to the lineup quickly.

    • r4n6er - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      Hossa will be fine after the hearing..

  7. interiorfan - Feb 20, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Hansen is not a dirty player in anybody’s book. Let’s be a little bit objective, people. I can feel the love on this forum.

    • chicagobtech - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      You don’t have to be a dirty player to make a dirty play.

    • qpla - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      LOL. It’s like you didn’t watch the last time the teams met.

    • r4n6er - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      If hansen is dirty then keith is in the same category as cooke

    • chicagobtech - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      I take my comment back. Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Hansen leaves his feet when he popped Andrew Ference in the head, while in Boston’s side of the neutral zone. Looking at where Vancouver’s goalie is looking, the puck is in Vancouver’s zone.

      One time doesn’t make a guy dirty, but this is not the first time. The kid’s dirty.

      • drewzducks - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        Towards the end of that game he also speared McQuaid in the groin. He’s a turd.

      • elvispocomo - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        And the earlier comment about Keith would stand as well if we’re considering past history. We all remember the elbow on Daniel Sedin, but don’t forget about these:

  8. rosettast0ned - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Yeah because you totally catch pucks with your elbows… gimme a break, he would be singing an entirely different tune if one of the precious Sedins took a shot like this.

    • r4n6er - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:40 PM

      They already did….

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