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Burish on ‘game-changer’ Eller hit: I’d take a suspension for that

May 3, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT


San Jose Sharks agitator Adam Burish is willing to sacrifice for the good of the team.

The way he expresses that sentiment, though, might need some work.

On Friday, Burish discussed the controversial Eric GrybaLars Eller hit in a manner that’s sure to ruffle some feathers.

“I’d take a one-game suspension for that hit,” Burish told Sportsnet’s Mark Spector.

(Note: Gryba was suspended two games for the hit. You could say that changes Burish’s take, but then you’re just arguing semantics, really.)

Burish didn’t finish there.

“It was a game changer,” he continued. “One game? It was worth it.”

Maybe it will end up a good tradeoff for the Senators, but the result of the Gryba hit — Eller laying prone in a pool of his own blood, an overnight stay at hospital, concussion and multiple facial fractures — makes Burish’s “it was worth it” remark seem a bit insensitive.

In case you’re curious, Burish has never been suspended or fined by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

  1. bongdestroyer69 - May 3, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Somebody tell Burish you have to be able to skate to throw a hit like that.

    • defenseman13 - May 4, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      What hit? You mean a suicide pass and an unfortunate collision?

      Somebody tell YOU that you actually have to watch/know the game before you can post comments about it.

  2. dumbassgreg - May 3, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    at least he is honest reality as greg brady said this morning . if you asked every coach/gm they wanted their player to make the hit gryba did if don’t they sit them out find a guy who will. just reality of nhl.two ways to get to nhl be a scorer or disturber. every team has a burish,burrows,neil,cooke. difference your guy is a good guy protecting his teammates. their is cheap shot artist who should be kicked out of the league lmao

    • elvispocomo - May 3, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      It might just be semantics, but I could see him saying he’d risk a bad result to try and make a good play – one he’s expected to based on his role. Instead his comments at least read as he’d intend to make a suspendable hit like that if it was a game changer, whether he intended it that way or not.

      • supr49er - May 3, 2013 at 6:18 PM

        I think Burish is just trolling the Canucks and their fans. He’d bounce off most of the Canucks just like game 1.

  3. elvispocomo - May 3, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Stay classy San Diego San Jose.

  4. sjsharks66 - May 3, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    ^^ thats cute as if san jose was a dirty team.

    Burish used a poor choice of words. Lets be honest though, if that happened to Burrows would anyone really be THAT upset?

    • kitshky - May 3, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      Once again, fans that criticizes Canuck fans as being classless and the Vancouver Canucks as dirty … classlessly defends a comment that if voiced by a Canuck would be considered dirty.

      You’re all class kid..

      • dropthepuckeh - May 3, 2013 at 6:39 PM

        What are you saying?

      • defenseman13 - May 4, 2013 at 10:54 PM

        Who cares about the fans, the Canucks players are dirty divers as it is, AND ARE DOWN 2-0. U MAD BRO?

        And for all the morons that think that suicide pass/collision was dirty, you need to start actually watching hockey and not just be butthurt about it.

  5. tru2joelu4eva - May 3, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    I’ve said this before in other blogs and people have disagreed. Weak, limp-wristed suspensions don’t deter dirty hits, they encourage them. “It was a game changer. One game? It was worth it”. The fact that players know that they won’t be reasonably punished makes nearly killing someone a “game strategy”. Repeat B.S. suspensions are just weak PR moves, and the league is no better or safer because of them.

    • tru2joelu4eva - May 3, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      Also, I’ve never wished harm on a player in any sport, but I hope this Burish character takes a puck to the Adam’s apple. What a scumbag.

      • thesableo - May 3, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        This comment is like a matryoshka doll of hypocrisy. I’m not even mad, I’m just impressed.

      • tru2joelu4eva - May 3, 2013 at 6:52 PM

        Thank you.

      • defenseman13 - May 4, 2013 at 10:56 PM

        your opinions give people cancer.

  6. jjregan21 - May 3, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Anyone who grew up watching Scott Stevens and the impact his physical play had on his team would agree with Burish. I personally didn’t think the hit deserved a suspension at all. Had it been a dirtier hit, I don’t think Burish would feel the same. Anyone who wouldn’t have thrown that hit can go play basketball

    • tru2joelu4eva - May 3, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      So I’m sure that means that you’d be more than willing to take that hit then, right?

      • defenseman13 - May 4, 2013 at 10:57 PM

        Why not? Do you have nothing intelligent to say about hockey other than making this Ad Hominem?

        Any of us that have played take hits like that, it’s part of the game.

  7. sjsharks66 - May 3, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Burish says he would throw a clean hit and risk a suspension to change the game and you hope he could possibly die from taking a puck to the throat. Haha some people are idiots.

    • tru2joelu4eva - May 3, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      Clean hit? Received a two-game playoff suspension… But I’m sure you’re more qualified to make that1 determination than the NHL’s Department of Player Safety… Did you even watch the video? I might be an idiot but I seriously question your reasoning if you think that kind brutality belongs in any sport, especially one you claim to enjoy.

  8. atteckus - May 3, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    I agree with Burish and would add that its worth the 2-game suspension. I say that because taking Eller off the Habs’ roster is a series-changer, not a game changer. I also add that the hit was totally clean, despite what that idiot Shannahan says.

    • defenseman13 - May 4, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      Of course it was clean. Eller hit the other guy, not the other way around.

      I agree with Burish, I’d like to see him gone for two games. Hopefully Gomez gets healthy soon.

  9. nflfan4now - May 3, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    IMHO. without debating the hit, the comment itself should be worthy of a suspension.

  10. sjsharks66 - May 3, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Haha theres a reason if a canuck said it, it would be classless and dirty. Because they are! I hope burish makes that hit on a canuck tonight. THE HIT WAS CLEAN. The wording Burish used was bad:

    As for the comment deserving a suspension? Your insane.

  11. sharksman - May 3, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    it was a clean hit but the results are something you would not wish on anyone. (even corey perry ok well maybe perry) I take from this that he would make the hit and take the suspension but with the results that happened with that hit he should be a little more sensitive….good hit should not have been suspended but terrible result

  12. sharksman - May 3, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    ohhhh what about how great a pass it was….hhhhhmmmmmm

  13. sjsharks66 - May 3, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    What makes all this even better is that Burish has never been suspended or fined. Yet, everyone is up in arms about this comment and saying he should be suspended or is a dirty player.

    If Torres said this comment, then yeah. I can see where you are coming from. That’s not the case though.

    Burish never said he was glad they were injured or injuring a player is a good thing. He simply said, he would take a suspension for a clean hit to benefit his team.

  14. thebadguyswon - May 3, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    The biggest good in Ottawa is MacLean. Bunch of scumbags.

    But if Game 1 is any indication, the difference in goaltending is going to decide this…..advantage Sens.

  15. jkulha86 - May 3, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    The NHL wants to make the game safer, but yet you have players who say they would deliver a major hit and potentially injure another player to win. You can’t have it both ways. If only the NHL could be more like Olympic style hockey. You see very little dirty play, and you get to see the true talent of players.

    • defenseman13 - May 4, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      he never said that, moron. Read the article again.

  16. sharkcity408 - May 3, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    HAHA PHT WON’T POST MY REPLY. CANOOKS BITE FINGERS…so to all CANOOK fans I’m givin u the bird…bet ur team jus got hungry

    • kitshky - May 3, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      Been drinking I see…

    • defenseman13 - May 4, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      what language are you typing in?

  17. colby7 - May 3, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Nothing wrong with saying or feeling like that, just not something you should say to a reporter.. I am sure management is thrilled with him.

    Also to San Jose fans: If you find any degree of success this year, other teams and fan bases will find a reason to hate you. The reason the Sharks dont have a bad rep right now is because they are never playing hockey when such narratives are formed.

  18. trick9 - May 3, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Burish should know better and not to say things like this in public. I mean what if some 4th liner took a run and injured Thornton and then afterwards just says that ”he’s their best player and i’m 4th liner, ill take suspension for it”.

  19. csilojohnson - May 3, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    The Habs player shouldve been suspended for that pass. Hit looked clean to me. Brutal but clean

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