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Video: Kadri running Backstrom similar to Tootoo on Miller?

Nov 14, 2013, 12:05 AM EDT

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A past incident involving Jordin Tootoo and Ryan Miller could mean further discipline for Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri.

Kadri could be getting a call from the National Hockey League for a pair of incidents Wednesday, including one in which he ran Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom.

Kadri cut through the Minnesota crease and then slammed into Backstrom. The video replay appears to show him following through with his right elbow as he made contact with the puck stopper.

Backstrom left the game, while Kadri was given a minor penalty. Kadri was later ejected for an illegal hit to the head on Mikael Granlund.

Directly below is a replay of the Kadri hit on Backstrom.

Now, this incident appears similar to one from almost two full years ago, when Jordin Tootoo, then with the Nashville Predators, ran over Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres.

Tootoo received a two-game suspension for this incident, which could act as a precedent for any potential supplemental discipline Kadri may be facing.

  1. helloname01 - Nov 14, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Two games and I’ll barf. Five minimum, ten more appropriately

  2. esracerx46 - Nov 14, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    A couple of points. Backstrom was hurt, Miller was not. Shanahan was still relatively new on the job as the Tootoo incident came in his first year. Tootoo at one time had the puck, Kadri didn’t. If I had to crawl into Shanahan’s head. I think he gives him 3 for the Backstrom hit…but I’d like to see a few more.

    • thomasvanek - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      One point i’ll make is that it was Miller’s first game back from being out over a month so it could have been seen as an intent to injure.

  3. northstarnic - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Should be out a minimum of five. Three for the elbow to Backstrom’s head. Two more for the elbow to Granlund’s head combined with the fact that this dirtbag is a repeat offender. In the same game.

  4. dubgeek - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    The only similarity is the angle the skater takes coming in. Tootoo’s hit on Miller looks a lot more dramatic because of how Tootoo launched himself, which in my opinion, he did in an attempt to avoid completely barreling over Miller. I think a fairer comparison in terms of the actual hit would be Lucic’s hit on Miller: no attempt to avoid the contact whatsoever. Lucic said after the fact his head was down looking at the puck and he didn’t see Miller until too late. I think Kadri had to expect some sort of contact charging the net that way. Add to that how it appears he added some elbow extension to the contact and I think it’s a much more severe hit, at least in terms of intent, than both Tootoo’s and Lucic’s. He ought to get 5 for the goalie hit and 5-10 for the hit later in the game, but I doubt we see anything that long.

  5. elvispocomo - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Kadri doesn’t do anything to alter his line to avoid the hit (he’s going right through the crease), and seems to throw his upper body and forearm into Backstrom. I’d say this is suspendable even if Kadri didn’t intend to take that line.

    The other hit on Granlund, he doesn’t appear to leave his feet (although you can’t see them in the angle provided) and his elbow stays in. The main question from there is if he hit squarely through the body, and while it isn’t the most square hit I’ve seen it ranks up there with the Nolan on Klesla for squareness (which got no suspension).

  6. shortsxit34 - Nov 14, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    3 games. I’d still argue it should have been more, but it’s Shanahan

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