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Sharks’ Vlasic believes Kessel suffered ‘no side effects’ for slashes

Sep 25, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

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The guy who felt Phil Kessel‘s slashes seems OK with the Toronto Maple Leafs forward’s preseason suspension, but a player who committed a similar offense and received a different punishment isn’t so happy.

San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was fined $8,378.38 for slashing Minnesota Wild winger Dany Heatley in the waning moments of a game back in April, but didn’t receive a suspension. The 26-year-old blueliner told the Mercury News that, overall, Kessel got off a lot lighter than he did.

“Three pre-season games? Who cares? I’m sure he’ll be ready for the regular season,” Vlasic said. “There’s no side effects, no consequence to what he did. He doesn’t lose one cent or doesn’t lose one regular season game for vicious slashes.”

Vlasic was pretty matter-of-fact about his own self defense argument back in April, as you can see from this video:

Overall, it seems like Vlasic believes that it wasn’t a fair ruling.

“I don’t understand why he would get what he got and I would get what I got, but I don’t make the rules,” Vlasic said.

  1. allday420ap - Sep 25, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    lay off the pickles, chump

    • kaptaanamerica - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:11 AM

      Shanahan is a joke.totally inconsistent, makes no sense at all.guy deliberately slashed a guy multiple times using his stick as a weapon gets 3 pre season games and another player carelessly hits a guy in the face and gets 8 games including 5 regular season games.Total bush league in the discipline department with shanahan leading the way.

  2. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    There is a side effect. If Kessel does it again it makes him a repeat offender and he gets whatever extra days off you get for that… but it’s not like Kessel is out on the ice hunting for ankles to slash, so I doubt that will be much of an issue.

    As for Vlasic saying Kessel was barely punished? What is $8,378.38 to a player who makes $4,250,000.00 per year without having to miss any time? If it’s not a slap on the wrist, what is?

    • runhigh24 - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:05 PM

      $8,000 is still $8,000, I’m sure he would of found something to do with it.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:13 PM

        I’m sure Kessel could have gotten closer to game form playing a couple more preseason games too. Either way, neither player was penalized for using their sticks. A slap on the wrist is a slap on the wrist.

    • mc321984 - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:58 PM

      if Kessel does it again he would be a REPEAT REPEAT offender. After all, Shanny’s lame suspension explanation included his slashing performance vs Philly 3 days before Buffalo.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:26 AM

        If you want to be redundant about it, sure.

  3. bleedingteal4life - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Agree with RunHigh, those 8 Gs would have been put to good use one way or another. Still hurts the wallet.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:28 AM

      Yeah, how can he live off of only $4,242,000 instead of $4,250,000. I hope someone gave him food stamps to get him through that rough patch.

  4. joey4id - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Kessel didn’t want to fight Scott, nor should he have to fight Scott. He’s first swing was a defensive one, he’s second swing was a deliberate and over reactive. He stood his ground and beat up his opponent. His third stick work (spear/poke) was utterly stupid, cheap and provocative. Kudos to Kessel for admitting his faults, and hopefully he’ll stop using his stick like a machete.

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