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NHL requests in-person meeting with Habs’ White (Update: White accepts)

Apr 16, 2013, 2:28 PM EDT

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The NHL has requested an in-person meeting with Montreal Canadiens forward Ryan White regarding his hit on Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kent Huskins, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

Such a meeting opens the door for a suspension that could exceed six games. As McKenzie points out, that doesn’t guarantee that the league will dole out such a hefty penalty; Brendan Shanahan & Co. might opt for zero supplementary discipline altogether.

Still, the signs are pointing in a direction that must make the 25-year-old a bit nervous. When it comes to controversial hits, the NHL tends to factor the recipient’s condition quite a bit, so Huskins’ concussion diagnosis is bad news for both parties. A planned in-person meeting makes the situation that much more ominous.

Even if he avoids a substantial punishment, the Montreal Gazette’s Dave Stubbs believes that the outcome will be adverse for White.

Here’s another look at the hit.

Update: According to RDS’ Renaud Lavoie, White has accepted his in-person hearing and will travel to New York to attend. It’s currently scheduled for 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday.

  1. jgramza48 - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    This hit is dirty and deserves a suspension

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 16, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      Exactly what we want out of the game

  2. thehighcountrybear - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    A test for League consistency here…?

    After Tom Kostopoulos broke Brad Stuart’s jaw in similar hit, the League thought the effort warranted six games. If Huskins is concussed, say bye to White for six games!

    This while understanding les Canadiens enjoy a special relationship with the NHL, itself stemming from a sixty year running apology for suspending Maurice Richard after he shoved a game official in a playoff game with Detroit…

    Oh, you’re a riot, Clarence, a regular riot. I’ll bet you got the whole building laughing. Ha, ha, ho, ho! You know, you’re the one ought to join the circus.

    • gospitfires - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      wow, i can only assume u wear a large tinfoil hat while writing all that out.

  3. aaronmushrush - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    This was ugly. A collision was impossible to avoid and he could have made a great hit but instead he dipped his shoulder right into the head. As a Flyers fan introducing hockey to my nephew’s I was stoked they liked the guys in white and orange but just as the two of them began asking about playing this dirty play happened. Hockey’s popularity has taken way too many hits this last decade, dirty hits like these scaring young boys into playing basketball is not something we need. Go FLYERS!

    • greenmtnboy31 - Apr 16, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      What game and what play were you watching? White didn’t dip his shoulder into his head, that’s obvious from the video. White was coming UP to make a great shoulder on shoulder hit when Huskins slowed up trying to avoid the hit, but he left his chin hanging out there where it shouldn’t have been and by rule if a player makes a move like that to avoid an otherwise clean hit, then you can’t penalize the player making the hit. I know the NHL will worm around on this because they are a bunch if muttonheads, but the hit was Huskins own fault.

      If you’re going to introduce hockey to your nephew, be responsible and at least encourage him to follow a good team. Encouraging him to follow the Flyers borders on child abuse.

      Foster will also be careful about going after White again. He’s got 30 pounds and five inches on White, but White took care of him too.

      • ml3939 - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:04 AM

        Wow, I would call you an idiot but idiots everywhere would be insulted by being compared to you.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:18 AM

        Ha Ha this crap is great. You have a repeat offender and known all around douche in White who dangerously leaves his feet to specifically target another players head and this whackadoodle is trying to defend the inexcusable. Victim blaming interesting concept. You must be all for date rape if thats the case Jeeze!

        You must be related to White or must be the man himself to be putting up such an ridiculous defense of an indefensible act. I’m guessing you’re just another dumbas$ Habs fan. Either way White can enjoy his nice long suspension seeing he is a perpetual scratch anyways who gives a crap. Maybe you guys can get together and call the SQ to have Huskins arrested for allowing himself to get blindsided by a cheap shot artist.

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        You must have been watching the game on TSN, agree with the guy who said calling you an idiot would be insulting to other lesser idiots

    • greenmtnboy31 - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      Why did you start talking about Pronger when you referred to an all around douche and repeat offender who has a documented history or targeting other players heads? Let’s stick to the facts here about Huskins creating this whole scenario by trying to avoid a hit.

      Has any player ever been suspended as many times as Pronger? I’ll bet even a Philly muttonhead knows the answer to that one.

      You whining Philly girls are taking ridiculous to a whole new level. Now you want to think Huskins got blind sided? It’s hockey and hockey is a contact sport; Huskins knows it and that’s why he tried to avoid the hit he saw coming.

      Now, blindside would be the hit Scott Stevens laid on Lindros to send him into retirement, kind of likd Pronger.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        We’re the ones whining? Seems to me you’re pleading your ridiculous case to anyone that will listen. Open your eyes, the Habs are not infallible demigods who can do no wrong. White has a history of cheap shots and he clearly targeted the head on this dirty hit. To even suggest that Huskins is somehow responsible for getting clocked in the dome by Ryan White (an irrelevant headhunter) shows a complete lack of any semblance of hockey knowledge. You’re an absolute homer that apparently can’t see anything objectively. Oh, and the Habs are currently the most-overrated team in the NHL. This team is ripe for a first-round upset.

      • gospitfires - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        protip: the rules of the game where different than. scott stevens would not be able to play the same way today clearly. how about we refer to nhl findings not from 60 years ago with ur maruice richard reference at teh top, nor from near a decade ago+ when stevens still played.

  4. jacketsfan7 - Apr 16, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    Huskies has concussion , bye bye white , see ya in 6 games

  5. edges23 - Apr 16, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    I’m usually for suspending players for bad hits, but honestly, after watching this video several times it looks to me like Huskins just pulled back at the last second leaving himself vulnerable. Had he kept skating (we’re talking fractions of a second here), it would have been a shoulder to shoulder hit. Seriously… watch it again. I’m sure they’ll suspend him to send a message, and maybe rightfully so (as a repeat offender), but I don’t get all the excessive bashing that’s going on.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 16, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      Dbag White, purposefully lined up Huskins and launched himself to get the head shot. Wake up dude. This hit was inexcusable and White has proven himself to be a dirt bag in the past. He made every effort to target the head.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Apr 16, 2013 at 8:47 AM

        Huskins tried to avoid the hit like a Philly girl and he got tagged for it; Huskins fault. Wake up knucklehead. The hit would have been textbook shoulder on shoulder if Huskins weren’t afraid to take a hit, now he’s paying the price for being a wimp.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 16, 2013 at 8:48 AM

        You sir are a retard. Stick with basketball.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:05 AM

        Retards are a Philadelphia specialty as evidenced by the well earned reputation as the worst fans in professional sports. You’re all ugly too.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:10 AM

        Brilliant retort. No mom jokes to go along with that whine troll?

      • greenmtnboy31 - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        I’m guessing you don’t have a mom, probably two dads from a petri dish.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 16, 2013 at 7:31 PM

        Wow your knowledge of human physiology and biology is worse than your knowledge of hockey. You can’t make a baby with two dads in a petri dish you tool. Go back to sucking off irrelevant Ryan White. He must have buggered you in pee wee hockey to be sticking up for him like he’s your sugar daddy.

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      Haha the Petri dish line made me laugh but every other insult of yours is pathetic and a stretch, sounds like you have a mom and dad who are brother and sister

  6. greenmtnboy31 - Apr 16, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    I have to agree with the obvious and edges23 on this one. Huskins owns this one. I don’t know how the league could possibly suspend White when they didn’t suspend Chara for an obvious cheap shot on Patches. This is how the NHL ends up looking stupid when they allow an obvious dirty, late hit like Chara’s to go without suspension and then they look at suspending a guy like White for a clean hit because he’s not as big a name in the league. That’s one of the reasons I no longer support the NHL with my money. If it’s free and/or on TV then fine, but they aren’t getting my money anymore.

    • sportsfreak13 - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:15 AM

      Hey since their not getting your money anymore, can we please not have to read your comments anymore. I swear my IQ drops when I have to read garbage like the comments you posted above. Your comments clearly represent someone who hasn’t watched hockey in awhile and you don’t seem to have a objective view at all. On a side note thank you to the flyers for getting Carey Price into playoff form.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        I’m guessing you can’t read, probably having your mom read it to you.

      • sportsfreak13 - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:45 AM

        Your comebacks are at a 3rd grade level. Montreal typical.

    • ribs108 - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      Chara-Patches again? Again? Habs supporters still can’t admit that the Dynasty is now about 40 years ago and no Cups in 20. I guess we’ll be hearing about Chara-Patches for the next 50 years or so. Yeah, yeah, everyone knows that the Canadiens are incapable of any dirty plays as they’re always the victim. Anyway, hopefully Carey can keep on his hot streak – no way he won’t win the Vezina this season!

      • greenmtnboy31 - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        Vezina will probably go to former Philly goalie, BOB. Now that he has an NHL caliber defense in front of him, he’s having a good season.

        Hahahaha what a bunch of foolish tools in Philly.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:04 AM

        When was the last time Philly won a Cup?

    • flyboys12 - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:49 AM

      Regardless of whether Huskins pulled up to avoid a hit, like any player would, White lunged at the last second to make contact. I agree he hit him with the shoulder and not an elbow, but dude seriously, come on. He targeted the head. He is responsible for his body and the placement of the check. He had more than enough time to change direction to avoid making contact. Do you have to go to the internet cafe’ to troll these articles there mountain boy?

  7. broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 16, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Clean hit? Now thats some funny stuff. I wonder if anyone on the Habs bench called the Montreal PD or the SQ to report the assault on Huskins. You guys are ridiculous.

  8. tfaltin - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    I read all the comments here before I watched the video of the hit to in case I could see the occasional constructive points you all were making above. After watching, there’s only one side. White charges from the blueline at full speed, and skates right through Huskins’ head. Huskins makes no effort to avoid the check, and White makes no effort to make shoulder-shoulder contact. If the NHL really wants to keep making a point, this is the perfect player to do it on. Worthless skater with a history on a big name club. I’d be disappointed with less than 10-15 games. Skaters like White don’t need to be employed. Hope Huskins is ok.

  9. mclovinhockey - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    I was at the game so it’s a bit harder for me to tell from where I was sitting. The officials made a ton of horrible calls that night, giving foster 4 this hit, the puck went out of play and the refs didn’t blow the play dead for about 5 secs, a few trips and cross checks for each team were called wrong.

    This hit however I think they made the right call. 5 and a game was right but maybe a game or 2 due to the injury.

    The most shocking thing about this is after the refs called White for the 5 and a game, they sat there, watched the replay on the big screen then booked kurtis foster for 4 minutes as well.

  10. aaronmushrush - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Basketball comment guy- at 6’2 220 lbs I believe I am more fit to stick with my lacrosse and hockey background. Anytime you want to lace up and play a braveheart in either sport I live in Ocean City, MD and would love to out hit you and outplay you in either sport.

    mtn inbred green guy….get a life.

    everyone else…..there is so much allowance in hockey for good clean devastating hits..we need to stop goons like this and preach good clean contact

    FYI- As a DIE-HARD flyers fan and a lifelong devils hater I can assure you that Stevens hit on Lindros was as clean as it gets an Lindros should have kept his head up while in the center of the ice.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:36 PM

      Hey we’ll looky here mush brain showed up to fill the void left when the Neanderthals went extinct, always interesting when the knuckledraggers show up. Just another keyboard cowgirl telling us how tough she is down in Tough Town of Orange City.

      Yo, if your a girly type going 6’2″ and 220, you might want to keep that a secret.

      Then the knuckledragger confirms her idiocy with the statement that she assures us that one of the dirtiest head shots ever was clean because, get this Neanderthal notion; Lindros should have kept his head up. Doesn’t she make Ocean City proud!!

  11. seals1 - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    It was a BS play and he lined him from the blue line. Suspend this loser and this is coming from a non philly fan. White simply ran him and gave him the exploding shoulder into the chin. That is an attempt at black out time.

  12. earpaniac - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    As a fan of neither team, it does look like White lines him up and lunges at him with his shoulder. If you’ve ever hit somebody with a good shoulder, it’s hard to explain, but the motion his shoulder makes looks to me like the motion I’ve made while hitting someone. Of course, you can’t really know what his intent was, and this is just my opinion.

  13. wipemysweatjackoff - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Why are we even debating this – Ok Huskins slows up and White clearly could have turned right to avoid contact – but White who was in a lower crouch clearly moves upright so he can light him up with the shoulder and bust his chops – that is not even debatable.

    What about that punk call on Lauridsen with mighty mite Gallagher – really that was boarding…..the refs defitely were trying to get the “W” ofr Montreal last night but when they noticed that Price couldn’t stop a soccer ball they said forget it it doesn’t matter how many penalties we call this joker wouldn’t make it stand up.

    Typical Habs fan – whinig and crying.

  14. kitshky - Apr 16, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    I appreciate that emotions run high when you’re a fan of a certain team and you tend to look at things on either side of reason, and I’ll admit I’m neither a Philly or Hab’s fan nor do have no real strong emotion about either team … but I think you all should take a breath, this isn’t even the worst hit laid out this week.

    As long as the NHL continues it’s utterly flawed policy of tying discipline to injury there will never be true justice doled out. It’s an unfortunate hit and a suspension wouldn’t be inappropriate, but if you were to really look at this with out any emotional bias one way or the other this hardly deserve an in-person meeting.

    • sportsfreak13 - Apr 16, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      I am a pens fans and I think that hit deserves 4-6 games depending on if white has a prior history. Hits like that don’t belong in todays NHL period. This was a blindside, unnecessary hit to the head that resulted in a concussion. I have faith the league will get this one right.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:35 PM

        Hmmm Pens fan; speaking of prior history, why is Matt Cooke still in the league and what does it take to be expelled? Think about the injuries he alone has caused. I’ll bet Marc Savard wishes he was still in the NHL and I do too.

        The point is that this was a play that White came in for the obvious hit and Huskins tried to avoid it and in the process left himself exposed. Put your hate for the Habs aside and see the obvious. The comparison to Chara’s cheap shot, Matt Cooke, Claude Lemieux, or other obvious cheap hits like that are to contrast the difference in the play, as well as the inconsistency and hypocrisy of the discipline meted out.

        Think about it. Who is the dirtiest player in the game today? One of the documented dirtiest has the worst suspension record and is out at the moment. Do you know who?

        Who remembers when Philly was tough and didn’t whine about this?

        What would Philly do to Bobby Clarke for intentionally breaking a guys ankle?

      • sportsfreak13 - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:53 PM

        So your going to justify one dirty hit by bringing up other players who have had dirty hits? Matt Cooke certainly has a reputation and that can not be denied but he isn’t the player in question here. Quit trying to hide behind the acts of other players on other teams having questionable hits and realize your team has one NOW. Take off the homer glasses for once.

  15. mancave001 - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    I’m usually against suspending players for these hits, but this was about as dirty as it gets. I can’t understand why some folks are arguing that Huskins “owns” this. He got clocked in the face. It was clearly on purpose and completely reckless. He could’ve broken his jaw…or worse. A got like that can *kill* someone. No joke. This wasn’t dome questionable boarding call or blind check…he lowered his shoulder into his *face.* One of the worst things ice ever seen. Suspend him…now.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      He didn’t lower his shoulder. Relax, take a deep breath and go back to the bean dip.

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