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Kings’ Nolan insists hit on Coyotes’ Klesla was clean

Sep 16, 2013, 1:34 AM EDT

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To little surprise, the Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes are divided regarding the legality of Jordan Nolan‘s check on Rostislav Klesla. (‘Yotes head coach Dave Tippett confirmed to AZ Central’s Sarah McLellan that Klesla’s been admitted to the hospital.)

Nolan, 24, pleaded his case to LA Kings Insider’s Jon Rosen.

“I felt like it was clean,” Nolan said. “He was skating through the middle of his ice, and I was just focusing on his chest and I feel like I hit him square in the chest.”

Kings head coach Darryl Sutter backed Nolan up, describing it as a “good hit.”

Tippett was diplomatic while arguing that it wasn’t such a clean, good hit.

“It seemed to me like a guy got hit in the head, and a player left his feet,” Tippett said. “But that’s not for me to diagnose.”

Coyotes captain Shane Doan was a little more emphatic to Fox Sports Arizona’s Craig Morgan.

“Obviously, we think there’s a finish high; a finish off the ice,” Doan said. “As we’ve been witness to, that’s usually not very good.”

(Is that a Raffi Torres reference? It sounds like a Torres reference … )

Anyway, the two teams can’t seem to see eye-to-eye on many things other than their mutual distaste. We’ll see how the league feels about this situation soon enough.

As far as updates on Klesla, 31, Tippett noted that more probably won’t be known until Monday morning.

Related:

Klesla leaves on stretcher

Paul Bissonnette might receive a 10-game suspension for possibly leaving the bench

  1. hockey412 - Sep 16, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Is there video of it anywhere yet?

    • qscott523 - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      No way that hit was clean! I’ve tried finding it but it’s hard to find.

      • ron05342 - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:48 AM

        If you haven’t seen it, how can you tell whether it was clean or not?

      • yotes221 - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:20 PM

        I was there – 20 feet away. Nolan hit him clean in the head AND left his feet. It was a very dirty hit.

      • buffetchicken - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        20 feet away? Okay. Did you see the video? Logical thing would be to see the replay. Then, with all the evidence, make the judgment. You know, EXACTLY how the NHL does it.

      • ron05342 - Sep 16, 2013 at 6:42 PM

        @yotes221: Guess the NHL disagrees with you.

    • cheliostwin - Sep 16, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      Another article said there was no video available. Most preseason games aren’t televised, so unless one of the teams was filming it for research purposes, there probably wasn’t any cameras running when the hit happened.
      I know that of the eight Red Wings preseason games, only three will be televised.

  2. Anoesis - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Funny how Tippett can’t “diagnose” what one of his own players was so good at doing. There may not be any video of the hit, but I suppose I’m comfortable with Tippett’s analysis, as he should be expert in seeing those kinds of hits. Nolan might be suspended (if deserved so be it), but I find it funny that Bissonnette’s suspension for leaving the bench will likely be longer.

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