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Devils coach believes Merrill’s trip was accidental

Nov 3, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

It would be understandable if New Jersey Devils head coach Peter DeBoer wanted to blow off some steam after a brutal weekend, but he’s not throwing Torrey Mitchell under the bus for tripping Jon Merrill on Sunday:

“It looked accidental to me,” DeBoer said to the Newark Star Ledger’s Rich Chere after the 4-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

Chere reports that the 21-year-old needed stitches and underwent baseline (concussion) testing, but wasn’t available for questions following the contest.

  1. 950003cups - Nov 4, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    DeBoner believes his inception was accidental.

  2. hockinj25 - Nov 4, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Clearly an accident in my opinion.

    • claudegirwho - Nov 4, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      I’m pretty sure players by now know if you stick your stick in someone’s feet when he’s trying to stop this is what’s gonna happen. No reason for his stick to be at his feet.

  3. stcrowe - Nov 4, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Very clearly an accident. Nothing to indicate differently.

    Good for DeBoer. I hate it when coaches give a knee-jerk quote to the press about whether a hit was dirty or not based solely on which teams the players were on, even without seeing a replay.

  4. elvispocomo - Nov 4, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Yeah, and accident, but that’s a really bad spot for Mitchell to have his stick. He can’t make up his mind if he wants to hold it in front to have a chance at the puck, or pull it back and concentrate on the body contact. It certainly bothers Merrill and maybe contributes to the fall, but not intentional I don’t think.

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