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Flames coach livid about ‘dirty hit’ by Stars’ Eakin

Mar 19, 2013, 3:27 AM EDT

Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley didn’t beat around the bush to the Dallas Morning News’ Mike Heika about the check Dallas Stars forward Cody Eakin delivered on Matt Stajan.

“That’s one of the dirtiest hits that I’ve seen,” Hartley said. “Those hits can end careers.”

Bold words. In case you want to judge that blow for yourself, Puck Daddy collected footage of the hit:

Eakin, 22, received two minor penalties on the play: one for interference and one for roughing.

Interestingly, Jarome Iginla dropped the gloves with Eakin during Monday’s 4-3 Stars win, but that came before the hit happened:

  1. operwapitsai - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:44 AM

    caps could really use him right about now… send ribero and a second to get him back!!

    • stevefromsacto - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      Guess you haven’t watched the Caps much. Ribero is one of their top scorers and has been a leader for them during a difficult stretch. Eakin has great potential yes. It was a good trade for both teams.

  2. Stiller43 - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    2 things… I believe ive seen much worse…although it certainly was dirty

    And eakin looks SCARY

  3. thehighcountrybear - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:35 AM

    Late…yes…dirty…no! Hartley’s using the hit to draw attention from another abysmal road start from Flames. In private both he and Stajan will be calling-out the sucker pass through centre ice…amateur hour?

    • polegojim - Mar 19, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      Holy crap overstatements Batman… that was ‘almost’ a completely legal hit… just a little low.

      Deserved a minor… but the rest was total overreaction by the Flames.


  4. mpops86 - Mar 19, 2013 at 6:28 AM

    The execution didn’t look that bad, but it’s a low-bridge and he got a lot behind it. I bet we see a fine.

    At the same time, Stajan has been on the receiving end of too many big blows over the last few years. The guy acts like he has all the time in the world when receiving a pass, it’s time for him to start paying attention.

  5. mmmpierogi - Mar 19, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    The hit was kind of cheap. That said, it wasn’t that awful, either, at least not in terms of its consequences and at least not from the angles at which I saw it.

    You can’t go a week anymore without hearing a coach in the NHL make some comment such as: “That’s one of the dirtiest hits that I’ve seen. … Those hits can end careers.”

    Send one of your guys after Eakin on his next shift to let him know not to do it again. Don’t just run to the media after the game and whine about how it’s the most egregiously violent hit the NHL’s ever witnessed.

  6. sabatimus - Mar 19, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Nothing at all wrong with this “hit”…if you can even call it a hit. More like a slight brushing followed by a blatant embellishment, as evidenced by the fact that Stajan lay on the ice like he was hurt, then immediately got up and went after Eakin.

    Hartley is SO full of crap on this one. And after that dive the Flames should trade Stajan to the Habs.

  7. thompsonatl - Mar 19, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    The only thing dirty there was Stajan’s underwear. Give me a break.

  8. gscheelar - Mar 19, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Legal hip check in open ice. sabatimus is right…nothing to see here except a guy trying to draw a penalty.

    The only thing I would quibble with you about sabatimus is that I think the Canucks might be a better fit. Kesler can teach Stajan how to REALLY embellish.

  9. nananatman - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    I think we might pick first in the draft

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