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Garbutt on suspension: ‘I can’t change the player I am’

Oct 25, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

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Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt told the team Web site that he had a “good talk” with Brendan Shanahan regarding his hit on Dustin Penner, and that he “definitely accepts” the punishment. That doesn’t mean that the 28-year-old is going to stop throwing his body around, though.

“I think I’ll have to make small adjustments. I can’t change the player I am out there,” Garbutt said. “I am going to play the game fast and things happen fast out there. You don’t want to see guys get hurt. I might have to change a couple things.”

Here’s the suspension explanation video:

That check cost him five games of NHL action and more than $14K.

On the bright side, reports surfaced on Friday that Penner resumed skating without concussion symptoms and might join his Anaheim Ducks teammates again as early as this weekend.

  1. sabatimus - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    If he can’t change who he is, he needs to get out of the league.

    • mattryannolan - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:18 PM

      So guy makes one hit and suddenly he’s a goon who has no excuse to be in because one hit he made sadly hurt a guy. So really by your logic anyone who makes a hit that hurts someone and doesn’t change how they play they should get out? So Malkin, who hits high and has hurt guys deserves to get out because he clearly hasn’t changed. Penner has thrown his fair share of less than clean hits too.

      Just because someone isn’t a top talent don’t assume they are a goon out to kill people.

  2. mclovinhockey - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Saying you can’t change being dirty is different than not being able to change being physical. This is a dirty hit.

  3. mclovinhockey - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Lots of dirty players changed their ways. Look at Cooke or more recently Rinaldo. Rinaldo was leading the league in hits for a while and they were all clean. He has been hustling and trying to become a role player. He is currently training to be a PK artist.

    • brycewest - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:01 PM

      Rinaldo training to be a PK artist? This guy has a brighter future as a sandwich artist, hold the mayo. If you take hitting out of his game, he’s a puck turnover machine. Quite possibly the most useless Flyer since Craig Berube…oh wait

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