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Report: No disciplinary hearing for Wings’ Kronwall after Coyle hit

Mar 21, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall won’t face any further discipline from the NHL after nailing Minnesota forward Charlie Coyle with a big hit on Wednesday night.

Here’s the incident in question:

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Kronwall was given a four-minute high-sticking double minor on the play and Coyle left the game momentarily to be tended to by trainers (he missed roughly six minutes in all.)

“Woke me right up,” Coyle told the Minnesota Star-Tribune.

As for why Kronwall escaped punishment — according to the Star-Tribune’s Mike Russo, the NHL felt Kronwall hit Coyle with “full body contact.”

  1. sjsharks66 - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    I wouldn’t think there would be a punishment. Wasn’t it his stick that clipped him in the face?

    • ThatGuy - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      They called high stick, but replays show it wasn’t. His stick was up high and would be really tough to tell full speed.

    • flyers28c - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      Should not be a punishment and the double high sticking minor was a little much, the NHL is giving into too much, i dont even think the stick caught him, KEEP YOUR HEAD UP and you wont have to worry about this, its each players own fault everytime, theyre asking for it, especially if Kronwall catches you slipping your in trouble

  2. wingsfan13 - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    It was a full body check and a high stick good call NHL. As a wing fan I would like to see Kronner hit more,he seems to have let up this season with the big hits. Last nights broadcast on NBC Sports showed some of his better hits from past seasons, they were AWESOME!!!!!!

  3. rrino - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Coyle got Kronwalled, thats for sure. Im not arguing either way but it looks like he hit him high and made contact to the head. We’ve certainly seen lesser head shots get scrutinized more.

    • kopy - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      I agree. The stick didn’t make contact, but it’s on Kronwall to not have it that high in the first place. Most of the contact was Kronwall’s shoulder up around Coyle’s head. He could have faced discipline, but I don’t care that he’s not. I’m just glad Coyle’s not hurt.

  4. dmacirish - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    i remember this one last year – as a flyers fan i wanted to argue about something with this but it was a good clean hit.

    • chibimike - Mar 21, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      Every time I see him on the ice riding his imaginary motorcycle I feel bad for him, then I remember he is a Flyer.

  5. tlndma - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    NBC had a montage of similar Kronwall hits. He obviously has this hit down to a science. This type of check can be devastating if delivered low, if high, it could end a carreer. I think he should be warned, that if he goes high with this move, he will be repremanded severely. These KILL shots have to go. The players are too big and move too fast now.

  6. jpelle82 - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    love the comment from a true hockey player “it woke me right up”

  7. dmfc1112 - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    I love big hits like this. As long as players don’t jump they are fine. My only slight issue with Kronwall is when he turns to hit players with his back. They should deem that illegal as he loses sight of where he is hitting. I’m not sure why he ever does that since his shoulder is deadly enough and I would think he puts himself at risk for a back injury.

    • lionstigersandwingsohmy - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      Fetisov made a carrer out of hip checks

  8. kgod30 - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    What is Kronwall’s intent? Take a player out of play to open up space for his team? Force a turnover? Or hurt an opposing player….if you watch a series of his hits it is pretty obvious…he is out for the head. He is a great player and excellent skater…so kudos to him for his skills…but the intent of the hit is clear…let’s not kid ourselves about it.

    • bigtganks - Mar 21, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      Spot on. When you really break it down like that, this is what it should come to with a select few players. Is it to create space, force a turnover, or hurt someone? It’s only to hurt someone, and to an earlier comment, if he turns his back every time, he can’t see where he’s hitting exactly. Don’t turn your back…

      • chibimike - Mar 21, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        Are you two kidding me? He is checking the player who is carrying the puck. That is causing a turnover and is also called PLAYING HOCKEY.

        It is ridiculous to say he is out for the head. If a player is skating with his head down and leading with it, what do you do? Step out of the way and let him pass? Put your arm around him and gently lead him to the glass for a cooking and juice? Kronwall uses his side/back and insures there is no elbow.

        He does not get penalties on his hits (except like last night when the refs bomb the call) and he does not get league discipline.

    • clefty1 - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      kgod30, get a clue!!! Kronwall out for the head…PFFTTTT.. If you watch the hit Kronwall leads with his shoulder and he does not hit Coyle’s head, even the NHL called it a CLEAN hit and even pointed out Kronwall’s stick never touched Coyle, never once has Kronwall been suspended for Kronwalling an opposing player, also at a VERY young age you are taught to keep your head up while you are skating with the puck, I guess you do not know that either…

  9. bulldozer20 - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Should be a checking from behind…. Oh and the wild went on to shove it down their throats. Sux n’ stinx detroit. Probs not gunna make the playoffs this year.

    • themediaisdumberthandirt - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      You’re right, the Wild (worst name for a hockey team EVER) will not make the playoffs. The only reason they won this game is because of horrible officiating. 4 minutes for a clean hit, disallowed goal when numerous replays showed it was not played with a high stick. Congrats on your *victory*. Too bad they need the refs to help them win.

      • bulldozer20 - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        Thank you for the congratulations, I appreciate it. Quick question though, you want some cheese with that whine bud? As right now Wild stand at third in the Western Conference. Where is Detroit?

        P.S. sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.

        Choke on that babbayyyyyy

      • spiciercheez - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:56 PM

        LOL the refs gave them the win? The Wings couldn’t beat Backstrom if it was a soccer net…grapes be sour today!!!

      • bulldozer20 - Mar 21, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        Wild grapes be sweet son. themediaisdumberthandirt stick to March Madness

      • lopo - Mar 21, 2013 at 4:17 PM


        You realize that if you are #1 in your division that you’re automatically placed in the 1, 2, or 3 seed in the conference? Wild are in an arguably weak division, so golf clap on your standings placement. Wild have 36 pts, Wings 33 pts. Considering only 4pts separate position 3-8, I don’t think your argument really matters at this point in time.

        Actual Hockey Fans That Understand Standings.

      • spiciercheez - Mar 21, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        Pretty brutal argument when the Wild would be 4th if it was not for the auto 1-3 seed….And its a tie breaker. Its not like they would move too much

  10. thehighcountrybear - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Classic hockey take-out that was properly penalized on the ice. While Kronwall’s stick inadvertently combed Coyle’s face, it was the product of cause and affect rather than intent. The play was reviewed and properly managed by the League. Shanahan made what is a routine call…

    Take that play out of hockey, wingers are given free rein to wheel up and down the ice with impunity.

    Kudos to Charlie Coyle for taking it like a man, this in contrast to Ryan Kesler who complained Niklas Kronwall refused to answer the bell [ unfortunately for Ryan, he was the only one hearing them ring ]?

  11. thehighcountrybear - Mar 21, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Oh right, the Wild are another team who, beating the Wings at the Joe for the first time in seven years, are this week’s Stanley Cup winners…?

    Can someone among the Wild’s disenfranchised, ill-informed and soap-dodging fan base with the temerity to bandy hockey wisdom with the elite explain how being outshot by a ratio of two to one constitutes ‘shoving it down their throats?’

    Still, good on the Wild for recent and long overdue successes, I laud them and I encourage their fans to enjoy those successes! I also congratulate and thank the Wild for sparing the Wings the massive Parise and Suter contracts…they’re Minnesota boys and should enjoy having their families close at hand.

    Now Detroit can bring in some talent who’ll commit to Wings, rather than languishing in tears and regret while pining for mom’s home cooking…

    In the meantime, voice your opinion, do something with those jersey colours and that team crest…fuxsake, this is hockey, not an ad for stain fighting detergent!

    • spiciercheez - Mar 21, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      You are really bent out of shape on the ‘crest’. Move on man, not many people are huge fans of our logo here but not a lot we can do about it. Try to do something about your half full arena then talk.

      • bulldozer20 - Mar 21, 2013 at 4:52 PM

        Whats up half glass (arena) empty

  12. lordfletcher - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    the hit was borderline good / bad and was charging more than anything.

    I didn’t think the situation would warrant a suspension, so whatever. All is good in the world.

    – wild fan

  13. dtownbeatdown - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Wow, I never thought I’d see the day NHL turns the fans into a bunch of pansies. Get the sand out of your vagina guys. Coyle is looking down, where as he should be looking up knowing this guy is on the ice. These guys are professionals, they should that grew up trying to get to the NHL level knew what was in store. Hence the reason they get paid millions not only for their skill but the danger involved in the game. When a guy is leaning and has his head under everyones shoulder area… where do you think he is going to take the hit? Come on guys!

    • dtownbeatdown - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:27 PM

      I must of had a seizure when writing this, I was trying to say “they knew growing up trying to get to the NHL what was in store.” My apologies to all the grammar ass holes. This is a sports blog don’t pussify that too.

  14. williplett - Mar 23, 2013 at 4:18 AM

    I will just leave this here. Game over.

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