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Gaustad blasts Downie’s ‘dumb hit,’ hints at retribution

Oct 5, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

The NHL has reviewed Steve Downie‘s hit on Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi and hasn’t scheduled a hearing, but it seems the Predators aren’t going to forget about it.

“I take issue with that [hit],” Nashville forward Paul Gaustad said, according to the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater. “He’s one of those players who looks for the crowd to cheer him on or something like that, I don’t know… it was a dumb hit and we know who did it. We play these guys several times this year.”

If you missed the hit previously, here it is:

Downie received two minutes for charging while Nashville’s Shea Weber ended up with a double minor for roughing. Meanwhile Josi has an upper-body injury.

Predators coach Barry Trotz called it the type of hit the league’s trying to get rid of, while Avalanche coach Patrick Roy praised Downie for his leadership and composure.

As for why there was no hearing, NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan stated that Downie’s skates were on the ice at the initial point of contact while Josi’s head is low.

These two teams will meet again on Nov. 6.

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - Oct 5, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Nothing else expected from Shanahan.

  2. sampulls - Oct 5, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Gaustad, if it was your boy weber throwing than hit, you would be talking about what a beast of a player he is.

    Sorry, it was a clean hit (signed someone who doesn’t like Downie).

    • skr213 - Oct 6, 2013 at 1:34 AM

      I agree with your first statement, but a clean hit? No, it was obviously a charge. He leaves his feet to make the hit – period.

  3. jernster21 - Oct 5, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Nashville should probably worry about putting the puck in the net instead of planning their retribution against Downie. I’m sure Roy will be more than happy to start Downie, McLeod and Bordeleau next time they play though.

  4. raiderssuckballz - Oct 5, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Weber is also good at cheap shots!

  5. 950003cups - Oct 5, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Now it’s on Gaustad to throw a crushing LEGAL hit at one of their guys. Fighting would be a bad way to respond because it was a clean hit. Let’s see if he has a big enough pair of gaustads to make that hit.

  6. ironyisadeadscene - Oct 5, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Hope it goes better than the “retribution” on Lucic

    • mp1131211 - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      Hahahaha! Classic!

  7. drdoomkaiser - Oct 5, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Roy should sit downie against the predators we don’t want another Steve Moore freak accident injury

    • pxland - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      No one in the league is as stupid as Bertuzzi. Well, maybe john Scott, but you know….

      Sitting a player because you fear retribution for a clean hit is not the way to reward hard work. If they come for him Downie will answer the bell. If they go too far the Avs have players who can step up.

  8. sjsharks66 - Oct 5, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    It was a charge but I am not sure he left his feet before contact. Surprised there was no hearing. This Nashville situation reminds me of Buffalo and Lucic. The team rushed lucic and nothing happened, 2 players grab downie and nothing happened. Both call for pay back. Handle it on the ice when it happens.

  9. kicksave1980 - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    I don’t like Downey or the Predators, and I also don’t think there should be anything more than a penalty. But how can some of you call that hit clean?! He left his feet.

  10. northstarnic - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Good hit. Preds and every other team in the league that tries to goon it up after a big check need to reexamine what the rules allow. On the other hand, if you want a nice example of chippy, borderline cheap play, watch Weber work guys over in his D-zone. It’s amazing what he gets away with.

    • joey4id - Oct 6, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      I’m borderline on this one. If it was a clean hit, how did Josi get concussed? Downie seemed to travel a long stance, and took a few strides before the hit. So, charging can’t be ruled out. I’d like the NHL to take a look at the hard shell shoulder and elbow pads the players are wearing. The energy generated from an elbow or shoulder blow to the head is completely absorbed by the head. Unlike So the brain is slushed around in the head as if it were wet cotton. If the equipment was a bit softer, then the energy from the blow would be somewhat cushioned. Again, the NHL should use science to their advantage and make the game safer.

  11. aventador12 - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Not a fan of both teams, but just watching it over and in slow-motion, the intent was there to charge since he didnt have enough momentum from where he was and he definitely went flying. Now that Roy’s on the bench, it’s comical how all of a sudden, the Avs grew balls and not a push-over-bottom-end team that wins the lottery. IMO, it’s about time, but actions like this is really unnecessary. It is surprising there’s nothing more to it regarding punishment.

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 5, 2013 at 7:21 PM

      What is an intent to charge penalty?

  12. northstarnic - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    He left his feet, but not to launch himself into the other player. As Shanahan said, his feet were on the ice at moment of impact. He led with his shoulder/body. The Preds guy was low so Downie’s speed/force basically propelled him through and over the guy. I think the charging penalty was warranted, in so much as a hit that big is generally going to draw some reaction.

  13. pxland - Oct 5, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Gaustad still plays? I didn’t notice him last night.

  14. travishenryskid - Oct 5, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    This is the guy that pussed out when Lucic hit Miller. Retribution isn’t exactly his specialty.

  15. pxland - Oct 5, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    As big as Gaustad is, relative to Downie, I’m sure he’d get all he could handle.

  16. chotime01 - Oct 5, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    I SRT lots of Avalanche bandwagon riders on team stream lately. It’s amazing how fast people jump on band wagons. And it was a dirty hit. He aimed right for the head of the predator player. He didn’t leave his feet until after the hit. But his sim was intended to hit exactly where it did. It should have been a suspension. But with Nashville being a small market team the NHL will look past the hit and not think about it again. It’s typical NHL front office behavior and typical Shannahan behavior.

    • pxland - Oct 5, 2013 at 8:48 PM

      I srt of disagree with your sim here.

    • avscup - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      So you can read his mind and know his intent. You are an idiot who never played i’m sure. Signed, AVS fan since ’95. No band wagon here!

  17. savior72 - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    The NHL overlooks big hits in small market cities? Wow, that’s a revelation. Actually I think it’s the dumbest thing I think I’ve ever read here. Congratulation on that.

    • fearthefangs - Oct 6, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      Dumb? It happens to be supported by the stats.

  18. savior72 - Oct 6, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Wrong. Skates leave ice after hit. Double period.

    • fearthefangs - Oct 6, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      It doesn’t matter, if a player launches upward into another player its still suspendable.

  19. fearthefangs - Oct 6, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    There is a good argument to be made the minor market teams to not get the same protections that major markets. Check the stats. There are some exceptions, but certainly the Preds are next to the bottom, and the top are dominated by original 6 teams. (

    Team Perpetrators Victims Balance
    New York Rangers 4 11 +7
    New York Islanders 9 8 -1
    Detroit Red Wings 0 7 +7
    Toronto Maple Leafs 4 7 +3
    Montreal Canadiens 5 7 +2
    Boston Bruins 2 6 +4
    Phoenix Coyotes 6 6 0
    Minnesota Wild 3 5 +2
    Washington Capitals 5 5 0
    Ottawa Senators 5 5 0
    Chicago Blackhawks 7 5 -2
    Anaheim Ducks 8 5 -3
    Florida Panthers 0 4 +4
    Vancouver Canucks 2 4 +2
    Colorado Avalanche 2 4 +2
    St. Louis Blues 3 4 +1
    Buffalo Sabres 3 4 +1
    Carolina Hurricanes 3 4 +1
    Los Angeles Kings 4 4 0
    Dallas Stars 5 4 -1
    Edmonton Oilers 0 3 +3
    San Jose Sharks 4 3 -1
    Calgary Flames 5 3 -2
    Pittsburgh Penguins 7 3 -4
    Philadelphia Flyers 14 3 -11
    Columbus Blue Jackets 1 2 +1
    Tampa Bay Lightning 4 2 -2
    New Jersey Devils 2 1 -1
    Nashville Predators 7 1 -6
    Atlanta Thrashers 6 0 -6

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