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Senators’ Gryba to have disciplinary hearing for hit on Eller

May 3, 2013, 1:06 AM EDT

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Ottawa Senators defenseman Eric Gryba will have a phone hearing with the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety on Friday, as per a tweet from Renaud Lavoie of RDS.

Gryba threw a devastating open-ice hit on Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller during Game 1 of that Eastern Conference quarter-final on Thursday evening.

Eller was left bloodied on the ice and taken off on a stretcher.

As per a tweet from Elliotte Friedman of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, Eller “had facial and dental fractures, as well as loss of consciousness.”

Game 2 of the series goes Friday in Montreal.


  1. valoisvipers - May 3, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Shanny going to congratulate him on his hard clean check and that he will suspend the ref for calling a major for interference when Eller had the puck.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 3, 2013 at 6:22 AM

      The head was not the principal point of contact, though it was a blind sided hit. The only thing wrong with that play was the horrendous pass made by Diaz. Hockey players are thought at a very young age not to make suicide passes. I was once the recipient of such a pass, and felt the full force of the D man landing a life changing hit. I’m reminded of that hit on a daily basis. Elers will be forever changed by this hit.

  2. ironmike778 - May 3, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    A hearing why??? There was nothing wrong with that play at all.

    • 19to77 - May 3, 2013 at 2:16 AM

      A hearing doesn’t guarantee a suspension, so they probably just want to review it and hear his explanation. He did make a bit of incidental head contact, but it was 90% shoulder-to-body and the injury was purely from Eller hitting the ice full-on like that.

      • scoocha - May 3, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        WTH has happened to hockey? There’s more daily coverage of players being censured and suspended than anything about the sport. The hit was clean even if he went to the head, who cares, this is not a nice sport, hopefully Eller is okay but these hits come with the territory.
        Please stop the pussification of major sports!

  3. thedavesiknowiknow - May 3, 2013 at 4:53 AM

    I’m betting the Shanahan double-standard once again rears it’s ugly head. Had Eller simply gotten up, it would be left at a good hit, that (at most) warranted a 2min. call. He didn’t, and Shanahan seems more into saving face when a play looks bad. All the best to Eller- but the unfortunate result of a contact sport is all I saw. We see this exact same hit every year at least once come playoff time- I don’t recall one even being reviewed. I’m not particularly interested in either team, I’m just trying to be objective- something Shanahan should consider, rather than face-time.

    • georgejarkko - May 3, 2013 at 8:51 AM

      Nailed it. That’s exactly how it goes – ESPECIALLY in the playoffs, when the NHL gets more coverage and has to look like it is stamping out “violence.”

  4. theskinsman - May 3, 2013 at 5:04 AM

    Not in the least a dirty hit .Hope Eller recovers quickly.

  5. dumbassgreg - May 3, 2013 at 5:08 AM

    6th defensemen from ottawa . he will get book thrown at him. dustin brown as he does every game knees and trys to elbow someone nothing.

  6. csilojohnson - May 3, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    Looked clean. Brutal but clean. Habs teammate set him up with that pass..

  7. mattymarts17 - May 3, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    Never want to see anyone hurt but, that’s a clean hit. Hope he has a speedy recovery.

  8. dropthepuckeh - May 3, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    Great hit and it looks like he gets hurt when he hit the ice. Does anyone else think its lame that Montreal always immediately announces how bad the injuries are while the rest of league keeps quiet and releases information days later after they know the complete picture? If I am not being clear, I think Montreal is trying to lobby Shanahan before he decides any possible suspension. Obviously the guy got hurt and he was bleeding and there is always a concussion concern. Every other team would wait for a doctor to see him and give it at least 24 hours before dramatically releasing the details. Most teams would just say upper body injury this time of year.

    I am not questioning whether he is injured, I am just questioning how the organization deals with these things. You got the 5 min major and misconduct which wasn’t necessary, just shut up now.

    • mikeinindy - May 3, 2013 at 7:54 AM

      Perfectly executed hit. Shanny just wants more pub. With the reputation of the Habs, maybe he should look into whether is was a dive gone wrong. There was NOTHING WRONG with the check.

  9. eaglesbest - May 3, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    Diaz should be suspended for that suicide pass. The hit was clean

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 3, 2013 at 7:52 AM

      Agreed – 5 games for Diaz, to protect the remainder of the Habs’ forwards.

  10. rippit2000 - May 3, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    We need a forensic investigation.

  11. ryanw822 - May 3, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    the league just trying to appease Montreal here

  12. nosefacekillah - May 3, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    I wanted to know if the police will investigate this hit? Did the fans show their ignorance again and call 911?

    Worst fans in hockey….

  13. columbiannecktie - May 3, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    When you hit a player with that force when they are in a vulnerable situation, it is very hard to argue that there is no intent to injure. What did he think was going to happen when he hurtled into the guy’s head at full speed, he was just going to shake it off? The pass was dangerous, Ellers was eligible to be hit, and the hit appears to be within the bounds of the rules, I get it. What I don’t get is why many players relish any opportunity to injure others, especially when they have legal cover.

    • nosefacekillah - May 3, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      I think it is hard to argue intent to injure on this hit. A player is taught throughout his career to deliver these types of hits. They are taught to prevent the opponent from owning the center with speed. I will not declare there was intent when this is what is/was expected of him. A text book clean hit.

      That said, it may be time to move to an NFL style rule that penalizes brutal hits to a defenseless player. I am glad I am not the one making that decision.

      • columbiannecktie - May 3, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        I agree it is clean by today’s rules, but today’s rules should be changed.

  14. isithockeyseasonyet - May 3, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    The dude that threw that pass up should be the one suspended, point of contact was the chest, was it not? Sucks about eller, got set up to get steam rolled by his own teammate

  15. langforc - May 3, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    It isn’t everyday I read the comments board and say to myself, “Wow, I don’t think anyone is an idiot on this board.” So I guess congrats and I agree, a good clean hit gone wrong. Hope Eller recovers quickly!

  16. ashtongronholz8 - May 3, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Quit trying to change the game. It’s bad enough football is going soft I’d lose a ton of respect for this game.

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