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Ducks’ Perry suspended four games for ‘violent check’

Mar 13, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

The NHL has suspended Anaheim forward Corey Perry four games for hitting Minnesota’s Jason Zucker on Tuesday night.

“In spite of the fact that all players need to be aware of their surroundings, it is perfectly reasonable that Zucker should no longer expect to be hit this long after possession,” said Rob Blake of the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, noting that Perry hit Zucker a full second after the puck was released.

“Furthermore, although all plays develop quickly, Perry has enough time to avoid this violent check or, at the very least, minimize it more significantly.”

Here’s the full video explanation:

Perry, the NHL’s MVP and goalscoring champ in 2010-11, was assessed a five-minute major for interference and game misconduct on the play, and will now miss Anaheim’s upcoming games against Dallas (Mar. 14), St. Louis (Mar. 16), San Jose (Mar. 18) and Chicago (Mar. 20).

He’s eligible to return for the Ducks’ Mar. 22 game against Detroit.

Perry will also forfeit a whopping $115,135.12 in salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

  1. kopy - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Well, it’s in line with what anybody rational expected both in the length of the suspension and Rob Blake’s explanation.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 13, 2013 at 5:47 PM

      Dirtiest hit I seen all year this was a 10 gamer easy !

  2. thehighcountrybear - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Sounds about right…the concussion and prior history appear more important than the deed itself…?A penalty system based on lagging indicators will never serve as a deterrent, end of story! One would hope the ‘one second window’ defining a legitimate hit will apply across all contact, regardless of the outcome…

    • kopy - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      You’re right. Bringing up the “injury” aspect is a dangerous road to travel. The explanation would have been complete without it. They already had the 1 second window, significant head contact, and prior history angles. Oh well, moving on…

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 13, 2013 at 8:17 PM

        That’s the NHL though, punish the result not the action. If the Wild player gets up quickly and skates off on his own then this wouldn’t have been a suspension, and I think we can all agree that this hit deserved punishment.

    • sabatimus - Mar 13, 2013 at 10:43 PM

      I don’t know why the NHL continues to factor in injury or lack thereof. It’s like they’re saying “oh, it’s really ok as long as they didn’t get hurt”. What are they waiting for? A death on the ice?

  3. ibieiniid - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    right in the crux of my fantasy season… sigh.

  4. thraiderskin - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    It seemed pretty bad to me… He must feel pretty tough blindsiding a guy (quite smaller than him) while HE(Zucker) is actually playing hockey.

  5. DonkeyStick - Mar 13, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Not a fan of either team so I have no “homer” opinion…..I thought it was late and clearly interference but if Zucker gets right up there is no suspension. He was given a two minute penalty until refs saw how injured he was. Not a fan of the injury dictating the suspension.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 13, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      I 100% agree! A month ago (or so) a Wild player hit Matt Stajan late (hit was at the goal line, puck was at the blue line) and led with his shoulder to Stajan’s head, it was exactly the type of hit they say they want to get out of the game but because Stajan was able to skate off on his own and came back later in the game the NHL felt there was no further penalty warranted.

      • woodstakes - Mar 14, 2013 at 12:49 AM

        As a Wild fan you are ABSOLUTELY CORRECT!! The hit was very similar to the hit Coyle made on Stajan, but as you pointed out, Stajan although stunned, pretty much got up and skated off all on his own. He did go back to the locker room and did return later on in the game, but irregardless they should have been judged EXACTLY the same way!! They both received majors (if I remember correctly on the Coyle hit) but, Coyle was not given a game nor was he suspended.

        As country bear stated earlier, they need to take the injury factor out of it. Start suspending for the hit, not the result. If they set a precedent that hits like this equal 4-6 games for first offenders would be great. If they want to tack on extra time for repeat offenders that’s ok, even tacking on if the player is injured is ok… AS LONG AS THEY STAY CONSISTENT!! The bottom line is players will play to the edge of the rules and when they are looking to make a hit and realize they will lose $100k for it, you know they will learn to back off. But as long as they keep doing it they way they are doing it all the players need to think is “Well, as long as I don’t hurt him I’ll be fine!” and that’s CLEARLY not working!!

    • lordfletcher - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      It would have been a 5 minute penalty just like the Coyle hit at minimum. Never would have been only a two.

      The issue is basing penalties / suspensions off of injuries. A resulting injury should have no impact in an illegal check. A hit to the head on one skater is different to the next and a fraction of an inch can make all the difference but the fact still remains.

  6. craigmaitland - Mar 13, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    If the player skates away there is no suspension. NHL is run by monkeys.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Mar 13, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      True dat, with a clown as the Commissioner.

  7. vstar1us - Mar 13, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    I think it is enough, as a Wild fan just hate seeing dirty hits!

  8. wannabebluesplayer - Mar 14, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    This is the same kind of hit that happened to tarasenko and Olver wasn’t suspended. I don’t understand the NHL’s reasoning ever.

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