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Hall faces hearing after Clutterbuck hit

Feb 22, 2013, 9:51 AM EST

Hall hit

21-year-old forward Taylor Hall will participate in a disciplinary hearing after his hit on the Wild’s Cal Clutterbuck late in Minnesota’s 3-1 victory over Edmonton, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Michael Russo.

The play will be reviewed for kneeing and clipping.

Hall was ejected from the game for kneeing. Clutterbuck was hurt on the play, but Wild coach Mike Yeo wasn’t sure of the extent of the injury immediately following the game, according to the NHL.com.

What Yeo did seem sure of was the Oilers forward’s intentions.

“To me, what I saw was a player who didn’t even look at the puck,” Yeo said. “It looked like he was trying to hurt a guy.”

Wild forward Devin Setoguchi voiced his agreement when he said, “If that’s not a suspension, I don’t know what is.”

Hall argued that it wasn’t a dirty play.

“I really didn’t feel like it was knee-on-knee at all,” Hall said. “I thought I got him with hip or torso area. It was a weird play.”

Edmonton is scheduled to play on Saturday, so it won’t be too long before we get the league’s verdict, but in the meantime, you can view the play for yourself below:

  1. illogic87 - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    if he doesnt get suspended im done with this sport

    • edwelsh8 - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      Goodbye, you won’t be missed

      • illogic87 - Feb 22, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        Actually, yes I will be because the NHL needs every fan it can get

  2. rpiotr01 - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Yes, that’s the thing about trying to hip check – If done right, it’s a good hit. If you mess it up, like Hall did, there are consequences all around. I don’t think there was intent to injure but trying to hit a guy in a way that you really don’t know how is extremely reckless on Hall’s part and warrants a suspension.

    • davebabychreturns - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      Usually a hip check is well used when you’re trying to stop an oncoming player by pinning him on the boards or at least by making something close to hip-to-hip contact in open ice to stop your opponent in his tracks.

      This is just another brain-dead play by Hall, except instead of putting himself in a position to suffer a devastating injury he’s done it to someone else.

      The fact that he doesn’t see this isn’t exactly surprising, his lack of vision out there is going to cut his career short.

      • sabatimus - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        To me it looked like Hall knew what he was doing (though that’s hard to prove) when he used his hip–the knee was the principle point of contact, and it’s up to Hall not to do that. Hopefully Mr. Inconsistent Shanahan will see that.

      • davebabychreturns - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:27 AM

        I think Hall knew he was going to blow Clutterbuck up and thought he would get him hip on hip.

        I think he is just too inexperienced, too blind or simply too reckless to have made the requisite effort to make sure he actually did that.

        Hopefully he gets sat down a few games to think about his actions but the league has a history of going soft on important players (and Hall doesn’t have much of a history of playing like he’s put very much thought into anything).

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Feb 22, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        Sure it might be hard to prove intent, however it should be noted Clutterbuck was going for the puck. Meanwhile Hall never even looked at the puck. You can see a still shot of Hall sticking his leg out on Twitter.

        Add in this happened with about 2:30 to go in the 3rd and the Oilers down 3-1 showing signs of frustration the entire period once the Wild took the lead…

  3. mnrube23 - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Hoping Cal is going to be ok and back in a game or two, And Hall gets his before two long.

  4. greej1938l - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    What a cheap play…I didnt like Hall before….certainly dont now

    • polegojim - Feb 22, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      Disagree greej…

      He was lined up for a good hip check – ONLY put his hip out… and just connected poorly.

      I didn’t se anything cheap about it.

  5. scionofflame - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    There was no reason for Hall to throw the hip check that he did on Clutterbuck, and I think it was a reckless and dangerous move by him.

    Clutterbuck wasn’t close enough to the puck and play for him to throw down this kind of hit. It was a bad call, and he’ll face the consequences for it. Hopefully he smartens up about plays like this in the future.

  6. ironmike778 - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Very disappointed in Hall. That was bush league.

  7. flyboys12 - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    I think Hall should have to sit until the full extent of Clutterbuck’s injury is assessed. Once they determine the extent of the injury, it should coincide with the suspension. Hall wants to make stupid dangerous plays, you have to pay for it. Little excessive I know, but it wasn’t even close to being a good hit.

  8. cavafox - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Here’s a good open ice check:

    • fudgythewhale - Feb 22, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      I don’t understand why the NHL allows any hits in the open ice. I’m so sick of seeing amazing players like Paul Kariya and Eric Lindros have their careers cut in half because of crap like this. The NHL needs to protect it’s star players.

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