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Video: Derek Roy delivers questionable hit to Brad Stuart

May 7, 2013, 11:42 PM EDT

Vancouver’s Derek Roy could be looking at a phone call from the NHL.

At the 5:16 mark of the first period, Roy delivered a hit to the head of unsuspecting Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart near the Vancouver bench. Stuart was engaged with Jannik Hansen along the boards and Roy appeared to go barreling in recklessly to hit Stuart.

Stuart went down to the ice and left the game temporarily before returning. Roy was given two minutes for boarding. See the action for yourself in the video. Suspension worthy or not?

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  1. thomasvanek - May 7, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    We haven’t missed you for a second here in Buffalo Roy.

    • travishenryskid - May 8, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      Haha, ok. How’s that 8th overall draft position and miserable, booing crowd working for ya? The guy went to the playoffs 4 of his 6 years with the team, often as the leading scorer. The Sabres just finished one of the worst seasons in franchise history, immediately after trading him, and you are throwing stones? Stick to this addition by subtraction theory. It’s hilarious.

      • shutmdownd - May 8, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        If Roy is that good then why did he last a half season before he got shipped out of Dallas? And since you wanna give stats, they only made the playoffs 2 out of 4 years after drury and briere left, and both times got bounced in the first round, not helping was roy and his 0 goals, and 3 assists in 7 games… and a .500 record was not one of the worst in sabres history…

  2. sjsharks66 - May 7, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Suspension worthy, 2 games. If they win tonight though, there will be no suspension. So…free cheap shot by Roy I guess?

    • zetaone - May 8, 2013 at 1:32 AM

      It’ll carry into next season obviously.

      • valoisvipers - May 8, 2013 at 2:04 AM

        He left his feet and targeted the head, 2 no no’s = 2 games

    • elvispocomo - May 8, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      I agree with boarding since Stuart’s in a bad position, but headshot? Clearly shoulder contact and Stuart’s head snaps back as a result of the impact to the body. You can pretty clearly see it’s Roy’s lower arm/elbow (tucked into his body) that hits Stuart in the shoulder, and Ryo’s shoulder is actually leaning back so there can’t be shoulder to the head contact on the initial hit. He doesn’t drive his head into the dasher either (or glass since there’s none there) and if there is any contact to the head it’s incidental since the primary contact is through the body first.

  3. sabatimus - May 7, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    As loth as I am to agree with Vancouver homer announcers, they’re right: Roy should be gone for at least a game.

    • imleftcoast - May 8, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      The video has the Sharks homer announcers. Although the Sharks got 1/3 the penalties of the Canucks, all the color guy could do was howl about missed calls on the Canucks. Brodie Brazil is not a name for a guy hanging around a hockey rink, unless you’re in California.

  4. hockeyflow33 - May 8, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    I’d like to think yes but the playoffs have shown the suspensions have no real rhyme or reason as to how they’re dealt out.

  5. thehighcountrybear - May 8, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    sjsharks66:

    Suspension for what…for delivering a solid but quiet hip, get real!

    I’d be asking how Stuart managed to rise from the slab and reappear wraithlike to the game!

    What a bunch of phoney diving pukes…what line of BS is Todd coming up with for tonight’s stand-up routine?

    Under McLelland, Sharks have been guilty of some of the worst embellishment ever seen, but they’re continually excused…

  6. loinstache - May 8, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    the hit http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/2594523/royhead_medium.gif

  7. sjsharks66 - May 8, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Someone ban country already.

    • loinstache - May 8, 2013 at 1:18 AM

      hahahha you so obviously take the internet way too seriously

  8. thehighcountrybear - May 8, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    sjsharks66:

    Ban…?

    For disagreeing with a pissant hockey wannabe who roams the boards seeking approval from like-minded insects.

    Blow it out your ass…

    • hockeyflow33 - May 8, 2013 at 1:13 AM

      It would be great if you just removed yourself altogether since you bring absolutely nothing to the board other than inane and ignorant comments. Everyone could live with them if there was an occasional funny comment thrown in but we can’t even get that out of you.

  9. jgramza48 - May 8, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Since when does Derek Roy hit people…

  10. riles1008 - May 8, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Looked pretty innocent to me there was hardly any force and I hate Derek Roy as a sabres fan and can’t stand any Canadian team for that matter. Let them play

  11. sjsharks66 - May 8, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Oh hey, the sharks with the sweep.

    • sjsblitz - May 8, 2013 at 1:27 AM

      think that settles the argument lol

  12. thehighcountrybear - May 8, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    hockeyflow33:

    It would be great if you and your kind would stick to the articles in your submissions or offer counterpoint rather than pissing yourselves because you can’t separate yourselves emotionally or psychologically from your teams when somebody puts a little wind up your kilt! Grow up…

    Your teams and your players don’t read this crap so they don’t need any half-wit nerd stepping-up on their behalves…you are not important to them, get that through your head!

    In the meantime, I’m curious where you and the other women in these boards find themselves in position to offer comment aimed directly at commentators, then mewl and cry when it gets fed back to them in spades. If you can’t handle the heat, retreat from the thread or get out of the kitchen!

    You and sjssharks66 are among an elite group of self-important geeks who presume right to regulate these boards…what nourishes that misguided perception? Send NBC your curriculum vitae, I’m sure they’re waiting…

    • hockeyflow33 - May 8, 2013 at 1:33 AM

      Thanks for considering me elite but I still stand by my comment.

      Also, mewl and cry are the same word but I’m proud of you for using a thesaurus.

      • valoisvipers - May 8, 2013 at 2:11 AM

        Shouldn’t wake or poke a sleeping bear, specially a HCBear.

  13. thehighcountrybear - May 8, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    hockeyflow33:

    Good on you…you are entitled to stand by your comment. I’m sure NBC has scrambled a crack team of executives to review your grievances.

    Mewl and cry are not the same word…they are of similar meaning however. To mewl is to cry feebly or whimper, to cry is to sob or shed tears; much as you and sjsharks66 have been doing herein; hence your status among the elite.

    Son, I’m not sure where you’ve been educated, but nobody I run with needs thesaurus, trust me…

    Following threads, you’d know you’re just another in a long line who’ve worked that line. Try inventing some creative prose, then we’ll see if you’re among the elite?

    • mehetmet - May 8, 2013 at 7:56 AM

      wait wait wait…. we start with “Mewl and cry are the same word” then counter with “mewl and cry are not the same word. mewl means to cry…”

      nuff said

  14. basedrum777 - May 8, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Question as i can’t see it clearly from the video. Did he hit the shoulder or the head? I see the head move but thought the shoulder was the point of contact. Just asking. Probably a “headshot” suspension either way.

    • elvispocomo - May 8, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      Nope, lower arm/elbow (tucked into his body) makes contact with Stuart’s shoulder. Roy is actually leaning away from the hit, so his shoulder doesn’t make contact with anything on Stuart. Stuart’s head snaps back from the inertia of the hit through his body due to being unprepared for it.

  15. drewsylvania - May 8, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    He appears to slow up a bit–in order to deliver a deliberate elbow to the head.

  16. tdaveniii - May 8, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Roy skated from center ice over to Stuart while Stuart was pinned to the boards. He then delivered an elbow to Stuart’s head. Stuart staggered to his feet and was helped immediately to the locker room.

    How could this possibly be anything but a tough hockey play and embellishment?

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