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Edmonton’s Hall suspended two games for kneeing Clutterbuck

Feb 22, 2013, 6:39 PM EDT

Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall has been suspended two games for kneeing Minnesota’s Cal Clutterbuck on Thursday night.

Hall, 21, was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for the hit. Clutterbuck left the contest and did not return, and is currently listed as out for Minnesota’s next game (Saturday at Calgary) with a thigh contusion.

“Although this play happens quickly, Hall is in control of himself, and in control of this hit,” NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan explained. “He makes the decision to step up, and deliver a low check on a player who is not engaged with him whatsoever.”

For further explanation, here’s the video:

Shanhan noted that Clutterbuck’s injury and Hall’s incident-free history played a factor in the decision.

Hall will now forfeit $9,729.72 in salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund, and miss Edmonton’s game on Saturday against Phoenix and on Tuesday in Chicago.

Of note, this is two games less than what then-Colorado forward Kevin Porter received last year for kneeing Vancouver’s David Booth. Porter served a four-game suspension while Booth missed 18 games with a MCL injury.


Clutterbuck says Hall hit was ‘reckless’ and ‘not clean’

Hall on Clutterbuck check: ‘I didn’t think it was that dirty’

Setoguchi on Hall’s hit: ‘If that’s not a suspension, I don’t know what is’

  1. jessejames182 - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    I hope clutterbuck isn’t seriously hurt and hall doesn’t become a repeat offender. I’m not an oilers fan but he’s an obvious talent, he was almost suspended for a cheap shot on granlund in the AHL, against Minnesota’s minor league team in Houston, just play the game it’s a privilege not a right.

    • ThatGuy - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:31 AM

      Cheap shot in the AHL was against Brodin, but the point remains.

  2. billymccloskey - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    He Also hurt Brodin in the ahl

  3. lordfletcher - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    never noticed this the first time I watched the video… but look at the video 30 seconds in… Clutter never plays, maybe doesn’t even touch the puck and Hall’s head is 100% made up on knocking Clutter… LOOK where the puck is, 10 feet from #22 at this point.

    two games, good call. Glad it wasn’t less

  4. thehighcountrybear - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    That’s a shame…he may knead that dough when it comes time to hang ’em up?

    • manchestermiracle - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      Yeah, if he’s going to open a bakery. Sheesh.

    • manchestermiracle - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      Yeah, if he’s going to open a bakery. Sheesh.

  5. valoisvipers - Feb 22, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    I thought this was a low hip hit but when I saw the reverse angle you can see that there is knee to knee contact and the suspension is correct. I stand corrected.

  6. stakex - Feb 22, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    This was just a low down, dirty hit. Sometimes guys will stick a knee out as a reflex, but this was a targeted knee on a guy who never had the puck.

    I don’t know if Hall is a dirty player since I don’t watch the Oilers very often… but this hit was bad. Hes lucky it was just two games.

  7. in1chuck1we1trust - Feb 22, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Hall and the Oilers can suck it.

  8. vstar1us - Feb 22, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    As we look at issues in sports and the injuries that can happen it is sad when someone lashes out of control to try to end a career. Clutterbuck hits a lot , but they seem to be clean. I think a fine and suspension is good, it shows that folks can’t get away with reckless abandonment.

  9. ironmike778 - Feb 22, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Definitely the right call. Hall should know better than to do something so bush league.

  10. mclovinhockey - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Yeah could have sworn it was just a hip check attempt gone wrong. From the one angel I saw it does not look like he sticks he knee out at all. Really need to watch the other angel cause I must have missed something

  11. illogic87 - Feb 23, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    only two games? weak

  12. cvgconstruction - Feb 24, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Will see it play out on March 3 Oilers at Mn, he might of wished for a couple of more games off the ice.

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