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

Feb 22, 2013, 1:14 AM EDT

So far, we’ve heard from Taylor Hall‘s teammates and opponents regarding his questionable hit on Cal Clutterbuck.

It’s rare to hear more than a few lines from a player who made a controversial check, yet the Edmonton Oilers provided full video that explains how Hall, 21, felt about the play:

To save you a click or two, here’s the hit once more:

Again, Hall received a game misconduct and a five-minute major penalty for kneeing on the play.

Sometimes the NHL factors the specific in-game suspension into their own decision-making, but it’s probably worth noting that the Minnesota Wild were up 3-1 late in the third period against the Edmonton Oilers when that happened on Thursday.


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  1. ThatGuy - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Way to make the NHL’s job easy Hall by saying you saw he looked a little bit vulnerable.

  2. shutyourfivehole - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Not your classic “knee on knee” but still a dirty hit. No other intent but to injure on a shot like that. Young Mr Hall needs to be made aware of how quickly his career could end if someone took a shot at his knees.

  3. ahuophfe - Feb 22, 2013 at 3:47 AM

    Reblogged this on bnfblogs.

  4. SkinnyD15 - Feb 22, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Young Mr. Hall is a dead man skating on 3/3 at The X. Not the first Wild player he’s taken a run at. What goes around comes around Taylor. It’ll be interesting to hear what Shanny thinks.

    • lordfletcher - Feb 22, 2013 at 8:49 AM

      settle down.

      no one on the wild will take a “run” at Hall but they will get in his face and I am pretty sure EDM won’t allow MN to take shots on him either knowing the situation … With the shortened season, the Wild need to focus on the win, not on revenge. Next season would make more sense if anything were to happen.

  5. steelpenbucs87 - Feb 22, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Seems to me that the more damning piece of evidence is that the puck is already getting away from Clutterbuck when Hall begins to bend his knees and waist to brace for the impact of the hit – seems to render the whole, “I thought it was going to bounce right to him,” argument moot.

    I will say that he could have ROCKED Clutterbuck if he wanted to with a shoulder to the chest. I imagine some will view that as a guy not wanting to put a guy on his wallet on a play while others see that as an intent to go after a vulnerable part of Cal.

    Looked nasty at high speed.

  6. flyboys12 - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Hall could have easily avoided that hit. It was definitly intentional. Shanaban needs to do what he does best on this. It could easily end Clutterbucks career. One of the classier, old school, type players left in the league, apart from being one of the nicest NHL’ers I have had the pleasure of meeting. IMO Hall needs to be taught a lesson. When you come out and say “I don’t think it was ‘that’ dirty”, you are throwing yourself under the bus there guy.

  7. mnrube23 - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Well I do agree with Mr.Restaurant(lordfletcher) there should be no plans for revenge. But if it happens I for one hope it happens HARD!

    • lordfletcher - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:50 AM


      I actually created this handle based off of our GM (Chuck Fletcher) and always used to sign my posts. “In Fletcher we Trust” …. and after a while I realised most in MN will assume my name is in reference to Lord Fletchers on Lake Minnetonka. Either way I am pleased with the name because I love Lord Fletchers too, randomly it works both ways :)

  8. ballistictrajectory - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    From the title of this blog post:

    …‘I didn’t think it was that dirty’…

    Hmmm… So slightly dirty play is ok? Where does that line get drawn? Way to cough up your own guilt.

    Intest is manifested in dirty play. To admit dirty play means that the player is confessing that his skills are not adequate to compete at that level, and must resort to unsanctioned behavior to remain competetive.

    Based on his own admission, he should be suspended. Management might want to have a conversation with him as well regarding his penchant for screwing up in front of reporters.

    • ballistictrajectory - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      interesting intestate intest should intentionally intend.

  9. kingsforever - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    He’s an Oiler. Of course, we have to expect him to be classless.

    • 19to77 - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      Says the guy with Dustin Brown as a captain. Kettle, meet pot.

  10. spiciercheez - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    So, he is as dumb as he looks.

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