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Stuart to have hearing with NHL regarding Nash elbow

Oct 9, 2013, 9:58 AM EDT

Brad Stuart AP

Brad Stuart could be in some trouble with the NHL.

The league announced Stuart will face a hearing with the NHL Player Safety Board regarding his elbow to the head of Rangers superstar Rick Nash.

At 2:32 of the first period of Tuesday night’s game against the Rangers, Stuart appeared to catch Nash in the head with his elbow, leading to a minor penalty. While Nash continued playing a few more shifts, he eventually left the game. Nash said after the game he had a headache that eventually got worse.

Here are the league’s reasons for calling a meeting with Stuart:

The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: illegal check to the head. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.

ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun says it’ll be a phone hearing for Stuart which means a possible suspension of no more than five games.

Last season, Nash missed four games with a concussion suffered in February thanks to a hit from Boston’s Milan Lucic.

  1. hockey412 - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    This should be interesting – I’m not a fan of many of Stuart’s hits, and expected the worst when I watched it, but honestly it didn’t look that bad to me (I’m sure it had something to do with the angle). Whether the head was the ‘target’ OR the initial point of contact…just didn’t look suspendable.

    I’ve been wrong 100% of the time though.

  2. rpiotr01 - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    The angle of the TV camera is terrible, you can’t see it. It doesn’t look like he even came close to Nash’s head from that angle but obviously something happened, obviously he got hit in the head. Would like to see it from another vantage point.

  3. sjsblitz - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Based on video evidence Shanny shouldnt have much to go by. The issue here may be because its more or less a repeat from last season with Landeskog. IF anything i’d say 1-2 games tops

  4. sjsharks66 - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    The rangers announcers even said last night that it was not an elbow. It was stuarts shoulder that made incidental contact with nash’s chin.
    If shanaban lets Downie slip away from a couple games for his hit ( which caused a concussion ) then stuart should be fine.

    • stepanup - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      Downie’s hit was clean, much more vicious than Stuarts, but clean. Downie’s elbow was down, and his skates were on the ice. Stuart’s was less violent, but more awkward with the elbow. It shouldn’t be more than a game, two max.

  5. atwatercrushesokoye - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Here’s where Shanahan gets to show his different levels of punishment based on results, last year Charlie Coyle hit Matt Stajan in the head with a shoulder, a lot more violent than this incident (relax Wild fans it’s just an example) because Stajan suffered no serious injury there was no suspension. Here Nash is concussed so he’ll hand out a suspension. A hit doesn’t become dirty just because a player is injured, either suspend all head hits or suspend none, but make the decision based on the actions of the player, not the results.

  6. avscup - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Downies hit was fine though. He hit Josi in the chest with a shoulder and his momentum carried him upward. Shanny even agreed!

  7. xdj511 - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Yeah, he’ll get a couple of games because it was Rick Nash and he is apparently injured.

  8. sjsharks66 - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Avscup, i personally agree that the downie hit was fine. When it happened though, i thought Shanahan would throw the book at him. The downie hit was more “violent” then the stuart hit is all im saying. :)

  9. stakex - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Two things to consider despite the terrible camera angle: The refs, which had a better angle, called an elbowing penalty on the play. Now the refs get calls wrong all the time, but that was the call on the ice. Also, Nash seems to have sustained a concussion… and given that the hit wasn’t overly violent, there had to be contact to the head to cause it.

    Its also worth remembering that the headshot rule has been re-written this year to pretty much include any head contact that is avoidable. I don’t really agree with that re-write, but it is what it is…. and if the NHL deems head contact here, expect a suspension since it was easily avoidable.

  10. bleedingteal4life - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    That’s pretty ridiculous. Seems wrong to extend this punishment beyond the game the questionable hit occurred in, he went to the box and did his time. It didn’t look like he was trying to take the guys head off.

  11. earpaniac - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    It’s also possible to get a concussion without being hit in the head.

  12. banger60 - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Agreed

    • thesportsjudge - Oct 9, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      With whom?

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