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Lapierre gets in-person hearing Friday

Oct 16, 2013, 11:19 AM EST

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Blues forward Max Lapierre will be in New York Friday for an in-person disciplinarian hearing with the NHL after his hit from behind on Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle last night in St. Louis.

The in-person hearing opens the door to a suspension lasting longer than five games. Boyle was hurt on the play, which will factor into the ruling. But Lapierre is not considered a repeat offender under the CBA, as his four-game suspension for a hit on San Jose forward Scott Nichol occurred back in 2010 (too long ago to make him a repeat offender).

Meanwhile, Boyle sent an encouraging message to the fans, via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com.

“I’m doing okay, thank you for your concern and support,” Boyle said. “Means a lot to me. I’ve never once taken this game or any of my fans for granted. Hope to be back soon.”

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  1. pxland - Oct 16, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Maybe they need to see him in person because the KHL boat is gassed up and ready to take him away….

    • hockey412 - Oct 16, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      Ha oh man if banishment is an option, I hope there’s room on board for a few more!

    • kaptaanamerica - Oct 16, 2013 at 6:40 PM

      Lappy didn’t mean to board the guy. Boyle hit the boards with his skate and started falling on his own when Lappy gave him a push.the facts don’t support the hate for Lappy.watch the replay again in slow mo and you’ll see what happened and the sequence.the ref wasn’t even going to call a penalty until he saw Boyle was injured.

      • pxland - Oct 16, 2013 at 8:32 PM

        Do you believe anything you say?

  2. shutyourfivehole - Oct 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Can’t get much more despicable than this hit. Lapierre is a piece of crap.

    • ntvd7 - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      Ten games minimum

      It just pisses me off watching this guy “play” hockey

  3. sjsharks66 - Oct 16, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    The fact that he is not a repeat offender anymore is disturbing. Does this mean Cooke is no longer a repeat offender as well? Not to beat a dead horse with Cooke, just an example. I actually love how he has changed his ways and I hope more players can use him as an example to change their dangerous behavior.

    • ballistictrajectory - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      Now that you bring it up, can we see Cooke beaten with a dead horse? I’d pay for a ticket.

  4. blues1988 - Oct 16, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    as a blues fan i hated seeing that. hope he gets what he deserves. blues don’t usually bring in dirty players like that ( i’m sure someone will find a few examples but over the past few years we’ve had some pretty clean players), seems odd we signed him. hope boyle is doing ok as well.

  5. stakex - Oct 16, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    I said it last night, and I’ll say it again…. while dirty (and suspendable), this hit isn’t nearly as bad as its being made out to be. It was a push from behind that resulted in a freak accident with Boyle hitting his face off the dasher in a violent way. If Boyle doesn’t leave the ice on a stretcher, no one looks at that hit as incredibly dirty and any suspension would be short (2-3 games). Now? I could see him getting 5-10 games…. even though the initial hit really isn’t worth that many.

    • joey4id - Oct 16, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      “A push from behind that resulted in a freak accident”. Again you sound like its coming out of both sides of your mouth. It was not a check, but rather a deliberate push from behind on a defenseless player who was inches from the boards. How is this not dirty and dangerous regardless of the fact he left on a stretcher? There have been many players who left on their own feet after a hit to the head which resulted in a 10 game suspension. What do you say about these? How does your juvenile mind reconcile what you wrote with your prediction of a 5 to 10 games suspension?

    • joey4id - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      stakex, Kaleta on Jack Johnson. No penalty was assessed for the hit, and Johnson was not injured on the play.Yet Kaleta got 10 games. So, your immature arguments may fly at your elementary school, but not everyone here is going to suck up your garbage.

      • supercoop8 - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:55 PM

        The conversation of whether injury should play as great of a role as it does in discipline has been a constant over the past few years by hockey writers and the people on these boards. Shanahan even mentions in his explanation videos that resulting injury or lack of is taking in consideration when making a judgement. Kaleta has been suspended/fined six times in the past four seasons which played a greater part in receiving a ten game ban than the actual viciousness of the hit. Stakex’s point is far from immature so maybe you should “suck up his garbage.” No one is condoning the hit, Stakex didn’t, just contextualizing it into the bigger picture/bigger mess that is the Dept. of Player Safety inconsistencies. Everyone agrees his ban should be at least five.
        But, if Morrow had been concussed you can bet that Shanahan would be condemning a player not letting up as the boards approached instead of excusing a player that won a physical battle. The hit was very similar to the Kaleta hit on Richards last year to which a suspension was handed.

      • joey4id - Oct 16, 2013 at 5:04 PM

        Are you stakex? If and more ifs. WTF, do you want? Move on!

      • supercoop8 - Oct 16, 2013 at 5:53 PM

        I’ve made one comment on the issue, how many have you made??

      • joey4id - Oct 16, 2013 at 6:17 PM

        Who cares about the number of comments? You! “But, if Morrow had been concussed” & ” If Boyle doesn’t leave the ice on a stretcher” how the hell do either of you know what would happen if this or that happened? Hence! Move on if you base your comments on ifs. How can you prove or disprove your assertions? Waste of time.

    • skr213 - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      Lapierre continued to drive Boyle into the dasher after the initial “push” – enough said; your point is invalid.

    • killerpgh - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      I usually disagree with 99% of what stakex types. But I agree with him on this one. The hit itself wasn’t all that bad. The result is what has everyone worked up. Similar to the Chara/Max P hit. We have seen way worse hits in the NHL over the past few years than this one. I would rather have the dangerous act suspended when a players luckily isn’t hurt but its a dangerous play than to hammer a player with a suspension when that play wouldn’t usually result is nothing more than a penalty with very unfortunate result.

      • joey4id - Oct 16, 2013 at 1:19 PM

        On the other hand, and as I mentioned, Kaleta was not assessed a penalty for his hit on Johnson, and Johnson was not injured. So, the whole argument doesn’t stand. Every GM can, and usually will ask for a review of a bad hit. Nowadays, they really don’t need to because the league is policing these hits. So, even though Boyle gets up, it doesn’t guarantee that Lapierre gets off without a suspension.

      • skr213 - Oct 16, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        He drove Boyle’s face/head into the dasher. It’s not just about the result. Maybe you should watch the replay a few more times.

      • siebe41 - Oct 16, 2013 at 2:17 PM

        Remember though Boyle had stumbled right before the hit, had he not the hit would have been fairly innocent. To me watching the game live it looked like lapierre wasnt intending the hit to go that way at all.
        Could he have been more careful, sure, but I don’t think he was aiming to hurt Boyle.
        I’d say 5 games is max

  6. imleftcoast - Oct 16, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    I just heard Darren Pang agree it wasn’t that bad. The injury and the fact that it’s Lapierre will mean fie games. The push at the end is dirty, and I’d like to see those banished. Shanahan letting one go yesterday pisses me off. Chimera should have gotten one game minimum.

  7. joey4id - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    You can pretty much bet it will be a 5 game suspension which is usually handed out when there is an in person hearing. Additional games are added to the suspension depending on whether or not the player is a repeat offender.

  8. jhaegs - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Awesome. Bring on Porter or Cracknell! This is a blessing in disguise for the Blues, but unfortunate for SJ and Boyle.

  9. chiadam - Oct 16, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    This isn’t even his first offense this season. He did the same thing against the Hawks last week.

  10. hanspard - Oct 16, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    I still don’t know what LaPierre is even doing on the team. Loved what Cracknell and Porter did last season, why aren’t they playing? For a team that is always strapped for cash, paying Lapierre is a waste.

  11. endusersolutions2013 - Oct 17, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    That may have been the most scary hit I’ve ever seen. While clearly there was no “precisely measured” intent to do so, with the way his jaw hit the edge, he could have had a broken neck and therefore paralysis.

    Time to send a VERY clear message to not only the culpret, and also any future players hitting to the back into the boards. Inexcusable, and I’m a clinical analyst, not a fan or hater of either team.

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