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Video: Roenick disagrees with Gryba suspension

May 3, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

Ottawa Senators player Eric Gryba‘s hit on Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller and the subsequent two-game suspension is generating plenty of debate. If you want to hear a strong proponent against Gryba sitting for two games, listen to Jeremy Roenick’s take in the video below:

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  1. pensman29 - May 3, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Gryba didn’t leave his feet, and didn’t target the head. And he didn’t make an early hit. I don’t think this was suspension worthy but shanahan knows all…

  2. csilojohnson - May 3, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    I don’t see a suspension either. It doesn’t even look questionable..

  3. revansrevenant - May 3, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    If there is anyone aside from Shanny who thinks that hit deserved a suspension, I would like to meet them. Just so that way I could feel that Shanny isn’t totally off the wall here. Only slightly.

  4. stakex - May 3, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Everything Roenick says is spot on. The hit was as clean an open ice hit as you can have. Yes, there may be a small amount of head contact, but its not a hit to the head. Hell, this shouldn’t even have been a penelty. It was a good hit with a terrible outcome, and the league clearly wants the passify the Montreal fans… because there is no other reason for a suspension here.

    The real cause of the injury on the play is Diaz throwing a suicide pass up the middle to Eller, who had his head down… and you know what? Suspending people for clean hits like this is going to make head injuries more likely. Guys will start to think its perfectly fine to skate up the ice with their head down, increasing the likelyhood of more hits like this.

    • paperkid96 - May 3, 2013 at 9:35 PM

      5-3-2013….. that is the date of the very first time I agreed with something Roenick said.

      NHL blew this call every possible way they could. I feel bad that Eller was hurt so bad, but man Gryba did everything the way he was taught since he was 5 years old.

  5. paperkid96 - May 3, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Actually the more i think about this suspension the angrier I get. I don’t have a horse in this race but this is a horrible precedent to set. Shanny won’t be happy until he has fully converted Hockey into Ringette.

  6. viper027 - May 3, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    I swear shanny got it wrong. Maybe he thought he was suspending Diaz for the suicide pass. Hey mistakes happen.

  7. ashlynkat - May 3, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    I think what makes the suspension outrageous is the complete silence on Dustin Brown deliberate attempt to injure Justin Schwarz. Brown attempted to take out Schwarz at the knee and with an elbow straight to the head. Only by sheer luck was Schwarz able to escape an injury that would have been just as serious (if not more so) than Eller.

    The Gryba hit was clean, to the shoulder and without the clear malice and intent to injure that Brown demonstrate. The result was unfortunate and due to bad luck (and a bad pass) with how Eller hit the ice. I can see justifying the suspension based on the results if the NHL also took a stand on Brown’s dirty play and just say that across the board these hits deserve an official response.

    But letting Brown skate away scott free while laying the hammer down in Gryba is just outrageous.

  8. mclovinhockey - May 3, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Eller was knocked out before he even hit the ice.
    At least he didn’t feel his face hit the ice after.

  9. graymalkin26 - May 4, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Who cares what he says, this guy never won anything his whole career…just another big mouth American.

  10. hammerhead5573 - May 4, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Roenick would disagree with himself just to start a conversation. He’s the same guy who said Crawford didn’t come prepared to play after giving up one gaol in game 1. I wouldn’t exactly take anything this guy says seriously

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