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NHL still evaluating Nolan-Klesla, Bissonnette incidents

Sep 16, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

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The NHL is still evaluating two controversial incidents from Sunday night’s Los Angeles-Phoenix game, a league spokesman said on Monday.

The incidents, which occurred during Phoenix’s 4-2 win, came with eight minutes left in the opening frame.

Kings forward Jordan Nolan leveled Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla with a hit — one that resulted in Klesla being stretchered off the ice.

Nolan was given two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct and, of note, had been penalized for roughing earlier in the period.

Following the hit on Klesla, ‘Yotes forward Paul Bissonnette left the Phoenix bench to engage in a fight with Nolan, and was given a game misconduct.

Leaving the bench for a fight calls for an automatic 10-game suspension, according to rule 70.10.

Nolan insisted the check was clean, and Kings head coach Darryl Sutter said it was “a good hit.”

Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett thought otherwise.

“It seemed to me like a guy got hit in the head and a player left his feet,” Tippett said afterward. “That’s not for me to diagnose, the league does a good job of those and when they feel like there is a violation they take action.

“So, the league will look at it and we will go from there.”

  1. skr213 - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Maybe if the league actually took care of these things, Bisonnette wouldn’t have to leave the bench to ensure justice is served.

    • bauxjangles - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      Really? You think that BizNasty should be the one making decisions about the integrity of the game? Come on now…

      • skr213 - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:50 PM

        No, I don’t think he should … I think the league should. But they don’t. Hence the continued need for enforcers.

      • bauxjangles - Sep 16, 2013 at 5:47 PM

        There is a reason why enforcers are called goons. They aren’t there to “serve justice”, they are there to make sure star players don’t get messed with. It’s not entirely as deep a role as you made it sound. If it were, Bissonette wouldn’t be qualified for it…

    • blizmist - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      I agree with skr213 completely

  2. pirovash88 - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    There’s a lot of talk about this hit, anyone have a link to a video? I can’t seem to find one. For as big of an issue as this is becoming, it’s a little strange that i can’t find a video anywhere.

  3. bauxjangles - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    It’s a bit of an inflated suspension but I suppose it has to be to avoid having players pull that. The worst part of it is that even if Nolan gets suspended, Kings have Carcillo. Kind of a lateral move there.

  4. comeonnowguys - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    “I haven’t looked at it yet on video, but it looked to me like he was finishing the check,”

    – Phoenix head coach Dale Tippett regarding Raffi Torres’ hit on Marian Hossa that initially garnered a 25-game suspension.

    • jjregan21 - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      You see how reserves judgment? He’s a class act. That Rocky Balboa sounding dope on the other bench simply calls it a good hit.

      • comeonnowguys - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:32 PM

        Can’t tell if you’re trolling…

        Or detached from reality.

      • bauxjangles - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        That dope probably can’t hear you. He’s got this pesky Stanley Cup ringing in his ear….

  5. thailer35 - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    ^Head coach Dale Tippett, huh?

    • comeonnowguys - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      Sports radio’s in my earbud and it’s Monday. Sue me.

  6. Anoesis - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Hey, it wasn’t a King getting leveled so where’re all the “shoulda kept his head up” trolls?

  7. sabatimus - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    The latest from Twitter is that Klesla has a concussion and whiplash, but he’s home. Which suggests that he regained feeling in his extremities. Thank god for that.

  8. proudliberal85392 - Sep 16, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    sabatimus: Exactly. That’s what’s important.

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