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Video: Taylor Hall ejected for kneeing

Feb 22, 2013, 12:24 AM EDT

Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall will probably hear from the NHL after kneeing Minnesota Wild winger Cal Clutterbuck:

(Note: it does look like Hall lead with his hip rather than his knee, but that discussion is more about semantics than anything else.)

Clutterbuck, 25, was taken out on a stretcher, according to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

The first pick of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft received a five-minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct on the play, which happened late in the third period of Minnesota’s 3-1 win against the Oilers on Thursday.

The Wild didn’t drop the gloves after that play, but they will host the Oilers on March 3 and face them twice more after that (on the road on April 16 and at home on April 26). If Minnesota chooses to make Hall, 21, answer for that hit, the team will have plenty of chances to do so.

Hall nearly faced a suspension during his temporary stay in the AHL, but it was overturned in November, according to Sportsnet.ca.

Jordan Eberle stood up for his teammate after the game.

“He’s not a dirty guy by any means,” Eberle said. “He didn’t mean to hurt him. You hate to see that.”

  1. lordfletcher - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    #1 late hit
    #2 led with his leg/knee

    #1 late hit.

    suspension 0-3 games

  2. 19to77 - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    His head was up and looking right at Clutterbuck. He could have thrown the shoulder to shoulder hit if he had wanted to.

  3. salmon90 - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Not so much knee on knee but he definitely threw his hip into his leg once the play had passed. Judging by the extent of the injury – and lets not kid ourselves that that has nothing to do with it – Hall should get at least 3.

    • 19to77 - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:47 AM

      Eh. He has no history, and the NHL’s usually soft the first time. My money’s on one.

      • lordfletcher - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:50 AM

        Hall should get 3-5 …. most likely will get 1-3 … my money would be on 0

  4. woodstakes - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Don’t really care if he’s a “dirty player” or not… the hit was dirty! All I know is I certainly hope he gets his a$$ handed to him when they play in St Paul!! I have a funny feeling Zenon Kenopka will be dressed for that game. I also have a funny feeling that Hall will just run and hide from what he’s got coming to him!

    To anyone that’s going to talk crap about Clutterbuck, yes the guy is physical and he does usually lead the league in hits, but his hits are virtually all clean legit hits.

    • 19to77 - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:56 AM

      Hall’s not a runner. If anything he ten ds to be a little too scrappy for his size and body type. He prematurely ended his rookie season in a fight with Derek Dorsett. He’s willing to answer the bell… though I’m not sure his coach will be as willing to let him.

      • woodstakes - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:06 AM

        That’s good to hear… nothing worse than a guy who takes cheapshots but won’t answer the bell when he’s got it coming to him!

  5. swedeg - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Dirty dirty dirty. He needs to be taught a lesson. Hope someone does it soon.

  6. thesneakysalamander - Feb 22, 2013 at 4:42 AM

    He absolutely could have lead with his shoulder. He may have lead with his hip, but open ice hip checks arent that common because they end up like this.

    Is there a history between these two or between Clutterbuck and an Oiler Im not aware of?

    Oh and wasnt it Hall who recently said they have to start winning now or the season was closing? You look at the score at the time of the incident…..

  7. ironyisadeadscene - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:11 AM

    I say 3 games. Stuck out his leg out. Unnecessary hit unless trying to injure.

  8. lammy5555 - Feb 22, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Unfortunately for Hall, this would have been a legal hipcheck 15 years ago. In today’s NHL, not so much. He’ll likely get a game.

    Cal does need to get his head up going through the middle of the neutral zone, however.

  9. atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 22, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    I don’t like either team so I guess I’m about as impartial in this case as you can get. Looking at the video I don’t think there was intent for a dirty hit (at least not on the knee) I think Hall saw Clutterbuck, decided he was going to blow him up but did a poor job of lining him up.

    It will result in a fine to 1 game suspension based on Hall’s track record, Hall’s standing in the league as a young superstar and what the NHL typically does in these situations. For those looking for 5+ games, it’s not going to happen, you pretty much have to kill someone on the ice, or have a lengthy history to garner that type of suspension.

  10. busdriver71 - Feb 22, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Maybe we should have a discussion about these elite players ruining the NHL.

    Sens owner said it best:
    “These players should never be playing in this league, these guys are a dime a dozen. That’s exactly what they’re worth per game.” :-)

  11. ironyisadeadscene - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:25 AM

    You never understood it because it doesn’t make sense. Good post. Nothing you can do about “fans” who only track certain players/teams by reading headlines and regurgitating other people’s posts on sites like this.

  12. ironyisadeadscene - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:26 AM

    Ugh, wrong story. Disregard.

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