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Report: No disciplinary hearing for Wild’s Coyle after Anisimov hit

Apr 15, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

Minnesota rookie forward Charlie Coyle won’t face any supplemental discipline for his hit on Columbus’ Artem Anisimov on Saturday night, according to the Minnesota Star-Tribune’s Mike Russo.

Here’s the hit in question:

The incident occurred just 17 seconds into the game, and Coyle was given a five-minute fighting major and match penalty (contact to the head).

Russo reports the NHL deemed Coyle’s hit a “full bodycheck” that didn’t target the head and didn’t lead with the elbow.

Russo also notes that neither Coyle nor Wild head coach Mike Yeo were surprised to learn there’d be no further discipline.

As for the injured party — yesterday, Shawn Mitchell of The Columbus Dispatch reported Anisimov is out indefinitely, a huge blow for the Jackets as he’s tied for the team lead in goals (11) and third in points (18).

Of note, this is the second time this season Coyle has avoided supplemental discipline after a questionable hit.

In late February, he caught Calgary forward Matt Stajan with a blow to the head and was given a five-minute elbowing major:

  1. bigben1513 - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    That’s a clean hit shoulder to shoulder never left his feet think someone needs to learn to skate with there head up

    • elvispocomo - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      I agree with that. Anisimov does have his head down reaching for the puck, but is reaching with his left arm. Looks to me like Coyle hits the shoulder first since that arm was the one reaching and extending the shoulder forward. Probably still a bit dangerous to hit a guy in a bad position like that, and I don’t really like that Anisimov hadn’t even gotten to the puck, but a situation where some fault lies with Anisimov as well for reaching from that far away to begin with.

  2. jpelle82 - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    figured with the stajan hit earlier he wouldve gotten a call with this one. wouldve been a victim of his reputation and glad he didnt, this was not the same circumstance whatsoever.

  3. ignath - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    So where is the supplemental discipline for the crappy call on this one (Coyle getting tossed 17 seconds into the game)? Does the ref get a fine or tossed for games for his bad call?

    Wonder how this one would have turned out had the Wild had all the forwards they started the game with…

    • ctochester12 - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      I was wondering the same thing. Since the ref’s have shown time after time this year they can not get calls right on the ice, is it time to for the war room to make the correct call on any major or ejection?

  4. mp1131211 - Apr 15, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    I was wondering why it appeared that there was going to be no call on the hit until after the fight happened. Wild touched the puck, no whistle. Then the fight starts. After its all done, Coyle gets tagged. Call must have been made from one of the refs/linesmen down ice with poor view.

  5. profsudz - Apr 15, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Not only shouldn’t deserve an extra suspension, but it shouldn’t have even been a penalty. Blown call

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