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NHL suspends Coyotes’ Hanzal two games for charging

Oct 28, 2013, 6:49 PM EDT

The NHL suspended big Phoenix Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal two games for charging Edmonton Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry:

Brian Leetch explains that Hanzal, 26, traveled quite a distance “with considerable speed” before “launching” into Petry’s head, driving it into the glass. Another factor was that Leetch believes Hanzal’s skate left the ice prior to making “significant contact” with Petry’s head.

Petry, 25, appeared to not be injured, which factored into the length of the suspension. On the other hand, Hanzal’s history as a repeat offender – he sat one game in the 2012 playoffs – hurt the Coyotes center’s cause.

Hanzal’s known for his tough, two-way play, yet he’s been on fire offensively lately. He has an impressive 11 points in 12 games with 33 shots on goal and one game-winning tally. Hanzal’s career high for points is just 35 back in 2007-08, so that mark is in his sights … even with this suspension.

Hanzal loses out on a hearty $75,609.76 in salary.

  1. jonbbbfromaz - Oct 28, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    The BS level at the department of players safety never ceases to reach all new heights.

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 28, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      What did you take issue with in this ruling? A light suspension for a hit to the head.

      • davebabychreturns - Oct 29, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        Yeah I have a hard time disagreeing with this one.

        Commenters below believe that Hanzal’s skates didn’t leave the ice, per se, because his skates aren’t off the ice until he’s already stuck a forearm into Petry’s face. I think this ignores the fact that usually when someone delivering a clean check leaves their feet it is a result of body contact, which Hanzal had clearly not made (and of course if you stick your forearm into someone’s face so hard that it causes you to leave your feet then it probably goes without saying you probably need a couple of games to think about why that’s a bad thing to do).

        The other thing is, Hanzal is a repeat offender and was full value for the 5 minute major and game misconduct for that hit on Brown at the very least. So it’s not like we’re talking about a player who doesn’t cross the line here.

        As for why certain other players/teams seem to escape supplementary discipline so often, I won’t bother to speculate even if I do think there is an apparent pattern.. none of us can speak to the causes and dynamics that lead to that pattern if it even is there, so why bother wasting time and looking like loonies doing it. I will say that the recent Chara/Wingels hit was much much more of a grey area than this one.

  2. sabatimus - Oct 28, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Two games for a repeat offender who “launched” “with considerable speed” into Petry’s head…simply because there was no injury.

    What are you waiting for? Someone to get paralyzed or killed first?

    • awade9233 - Oct 28, 2013 at 7:10 PM

      Excellent use of quotation marks, makes you sound so much …”smarter”…
      In all seriousness…the suspension isn’t what bothers me as much as it is the inconsistency…go look up the Chara hit on Wingels a few days ago…I’m sure if you pause the video in the right spots, you’ll see him “launch” and “make the head the point of contact” just like Hanzal did. But in that case, there wasn’t even a hearing.

      • sabatimus - Oct 28, 2013 at 7:57 PM

        Your garbage snark isn’t necessary.

      • awade9233 - Oct 28, 2013 at 8:04 PM

        “necessary”? Is it “necessary” for me to drink my own urine? No, but it’s sterile and I like the taste.

      • davebabychreturns - Oct 29, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        Oh my god, I may not agree with poster awade9233’s take on the Chara hit but I had to comment because I can only thumbs up this comment once.

        Keep at it my thirsty friend!

    • sabatimus - Oct 28, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      Whatever. My point, in case someone cares (since you clearly don’t), is that the Department of Player Safety just demonstrated that, despite the fact that a repeat offender launched with speed and targeted the head, since the victimized player wasn’t injured, the perpetrator gets only 2 games.

      Absolutely pathetic and dangerous precedent. Now injury becomes the primary criterion?

      • awade9233 - Oct 29, 2013 at 1:05 AM

        If injury was the primary criterion for handing out discipline, then he would have gotten no suspension.
        Also, he did not target the head, and the video makes that clear. IF he would have targeted the head, or made it the principle point of contact, then there would be no doubt that he would have earned a longer suspension.
        My BIGGEST problem with this suspension is that it comes days after a star player made a very similar play, and didn’t even get a phone call about it when it seems like players are getting suspended at a higher rate than ever before.

  3. awade9233 - Oct 28, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    The wheel of justice strikes again!! Shanny is really laying down the law this year.

    Am I just crazy, or does anyone else see that there is actually contact before his skates leave the ice?

  4. sjsharks66 - Oct 28, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    He hit him before he leaves the ice. I don’t think that was a charge. He did make contact with the head though.

    • awade9233 - Oct 28, 2013 at 7:15 PM

      Glad I’m not the only one that sees that, but I will admit that he pushed his arms and made contact with the head…not the targeted point of contact at all, but there was contact for sure.

  5. jonbbbfromaz - Oct 28, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    but LA’s Brown, Nolan and Clifford can take people’s knees off on a regular basis but heyyyy its all good right? its cool its cool

    • frankiesweep - Oct 29, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      Kings get all the calls… No doubt abou that….

  6. joey4id - Oct 28, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    A thailer35, that brain you’re sitting on is not getting the oxygen needed. Stand up so I can shove your words up your pie hole. LMAO.

    • thailer35 - Oct 29, 2013 at 9:22 AM

      The fact that you agree with Shanahan does nothing to boost your credibility.

      • joey4id - Oct 29, 2013 at 10:19 AM

        Of course! And the fact that you don’t agree with him does boost your credibility.

      • joey4id - Oct 29, 2013 at 10:43 AM

        BTW thailer35, in case you missed it, it’s more like he agrees with me because I posted before he handed the suspension.

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