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Report: NHL schedules Thursday hearing with Volchenkov

Apr 11, 2013, 12:34 AM EDT

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The NHL’s disciplinary decision makers have a meeting set for Thursday with New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov for his elbow on Brad Marchand, according to the Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti.

An exact time hasn’t been decided upon yet, however.

The 31-year-old blueliner has been suspended before (three games for elbowing Zach Boychuk in February 2009) but isn’t considered a repeat offender because that happened outside the league’s 18-month window.

(Arbitrary? Maybe.)

Here’s video of that hit with observations from Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

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There isn’t much information available about Marchand’s condition beyond an update from CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty that expresses concern that he’s suffering from a head injury.

  1. stakex - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Not much to debate on this one. If thats not a hit deserving a sizable suspension I don’t know what is.

  2. hockeyflow33 - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    He should argue that because of Marchand’s size, that elbow was actually a well-placed follow-through on a regular sized NHLer

  3. 8man - Apr 11, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    I don’t understand it. These cats have played this game all of their lives. They know how fast they are moving, the damage they can do and what sanctions await them. Why? Why do they do these things? I don’t know if Volchenkov wanted to injure but it certainly appeared as if there was an intent to ring the Rat’s bell.

  4. titansbro - Apr 11, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    I don’t understand why in instances like this, dirty hits, they don’t have a base suspension + another suspension that lasts as long as the other guy is out? So a base of maybe 3-4 games, plus any games above that that Marchand is out.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:34 AM

      Because teams aren’t under any obligation to have “league” doctors look at the players. Let’s say this was some fourth line guy who wasn’t working out anyway instead of Marchand, in this instance (and for the sake of the example) let’s say the two teams are divisional rivals that play each other 2 more times. Why not just keep the fourth line scrub sidelined and say “he’s still hurt” to keep one of the other team’s best players off the ice?

      I agree it’s a dirty hit, and should be suspended, though. I just can’t see there being an ‘as long as the other player is injured’ rule written without it being manipulated.

  5. buckeye044 - Apr 11, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    Didn’t look any worse than Rick Nash’s hit from a month ago.

  6. dropthepuckeh - Apr 11, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    To me it looks like he had the elbow ready to go for a couple strides before he connects with the Marchand. It looks like an illegal hit and obviously connecting with someone’s head is dangerous and has no place in the game. That said, it doesn’t look like he was intentionally swinging his elbow in an attempt to hurt someone. His reaction afterwards is also fairly telling. I think you have to suspend him for a game or two to be consistent but this Bruins fan doesn’t think it was an egregious violent attack that warrants retaliation or a multiple game suspension.

  7. mclovinhockey - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Right in the ear. As much as I hate the nose faced rat and his dirty play, hate to see anyone get hurt and hope he is alright.

    • koyoteken - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      Actually, Marchand has changed his play quite a bit over the last 2 seasons. He spends far less time in the box and is not engaging in the “dirty play” that he used to. Is he an agitator? Absolutely. But like Matt Cooke, I think he’s a much different player than he was a couple of years ago. Maybe its the new contract he signed. Whatever the reason, his reputation preceeds him. Either way, his head was targeted on that hit and will draw a suspension from Shanahan.

  8. sjsharks66 - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    2 games. Looked like an accident. By accident, i mean he was not sure what player was going to play the puck. Thought it was a normal size player, not the little ball of hate.

    So 2 games easy.

  9. jb8383 - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Stupid Stupid Stupid. That’s definitely a suspension. No need for it and doesn’t help your team out in any way.

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