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Report: No hearing expected for Seidenberg after elbowing Ryan

Nov 16, 2013, 3:02 PM EST

Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg isn’t likely to be suspended after delivering a high elbow to Bobby Ryan in the third period of Ottawa’s 4-2 victory last night, according to CSN New England.

Although the NHL has plenty of time to deal with this matter because Boston isn’t scheduled to play again until Monday, no hearing has been scheduled. The two players were in a race for the puck along the end boards when they made contact, causing Seidenberg to elbow Ryan in the face. You can see the hit below:

There was no penalty on the play, but that was the last shift of Ryan’s night. The good news is that he was able to participate in Saturday’s practice and hopes to play on Sunday against Columbus despite some upper-body stiffness.

“I saw the replay a few times, he definitely connected,” Ryan said, according to the team’s official website. “It is what it is, I don’t know if it was clean or not, that’s not for me to decide. It just was one of those plays that probably got away from him. He’s not a malicious player by any means so I don’t have any ill will towards him from my end.”

Having said that, Ryan is somewhat surprised that there has been no review.

Finally, here is another angle of the same hit, which doesn’t show the lead up, but better illustrates the contact and Ryan’s reaction:

  1. peterjohnjoseph - Nov 16, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Watching the play live, it didn’t seem like anything too ridiculous. One of those, one guy slows, the other goes in bracing to get hit and follows through kind of plays, but then they showed the slow motion replay and my jaw dropped watching a 180-200 lb athlete literally fly through the air like he was on a wire from a shot to head. I mean, Seidenberg is strong as hell, but my god. It was like they turned gravity off.

    • claudegirwho - Nov 16, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      Why do you need your elbow up like that to make a hit?

    • peterjohnjoseph - Nov 16, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      This just in- at Bruins practice all players take 10 minutes to discuss ways to get elbows in, without being noticed. Instead of doing battle drills, they practice hitting from behind, and smile at one another as they come up with new ways to break the rules. Yes, the whole team is just in on this together. And its just them. No other team does it. Nope. Claude’s just running one big sinister ring of outlaws. All Charities must be fronts because these are some sinister guys here…

      Jesus, I hope my sarcasm came through enough there. I love this game. The Bruins happen to be my home town team. My Mother happened to work for the organization. It doesn’t mean I don’t love other teams more, or as much. Saying that, the fact the Bruins get plastered by people for this like its some teamwide slight, planned beforehand is absurd. An elbow went up in a battle. Ryan slowed. It could of went either way. Sure. Seidenberg should keep his elbow down, but trust me, I guarantee he felt just as bad after as anyone else. If Bobby Ryan can say it, why can’t anyone else?

  2. sjsharks66 - Nov 16, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    I like the Bruins but I am starting to notice they are very sly with these kind of hits.

    • shaundre93 - Nov 16, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      I don’t think they’re sly with them, its just EVERY time there has been even an iffy hit from the bruins its been plastered all over the internet for discussion. That said, it definitely looked like Seidenberg caught him up high, but not enough for that kind of reaction.

      Its tough to say that this deserves even a game after Kadri only got three for his antics the other night. We’ll see where the shanaban wheel lands this time I guess…

    • peterjohnjoseph - Nov 16, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      Right, because when Conacher didn’t stop and went straight into Rask a day after Kadri was suspended that couldn’t be looked at the same way? Its hockey. Not everything is going to have perfect execution. A team known for it gets noticed more.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Nov 16, 2013 at 5:46 PM

        And I’m not saying Conacher should of been suspended. I’m just saying its all in the way you look at it. If that had been Lucic, my god. I’d have to ban myself for the internet for 2 days just so I don’t read something that will force me to break my monitor.

  3. nunan - Nov 16, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Right call. Just bc some bad contact was made, doesn’t mean there HAS to be a penalty. What caused the bad contact? This is what they mean when they say, follow through on contact, bc letting up is more likely to cause harm. Here, Ryan lets up. The result is head contact instead of the shoulder contact that wouldn’t have happened had he continued on. Plus, he’s clearly alright and will play next game. Also, as Ryan said, seidenberg is not a malicious player at all. With all that combined, easy decision for the league here.

  4. muckleflugga - Nov 16, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    to thine own ass be true bobby…you walked into it with your eyes wide open

    and what’s with the ‘bobby’

    you’ve got stammers, yaks, iggy, kenny on and on ad nauseam

    are these guys ever permitted to grow out of short pants and use their big boy all growed up man’s names?

    • shaundre93 - Nov 16, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      You’ve never been a part of a team have you?

  5. tsac33 - Nov 16, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Very clearly an elbow. Should be a suspension. Don’t know how you could call it anything else.

    • sunderlanding - Nov 16, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      Says the guy who watched the replay from a choice angel in slow motion. I think he was just bracing himself to go into the corner and Ryan skated into his elbow.

    • spitfisher - Nov 16, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      The call should be embellishment, watch it again, watch it I slow motion and then at reguler speed, Ryan may have been the sly one trying to draw a penalty and he was almost successful

  6. tsac33 - Nov 16, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Relevance? Did his elbow connect with his head? Malice or intent have nothing to do with being responsible. This is a far more egregious elbow then John Scott got 7 games for. I agree its not worthy of suspension but the league needs some consistency.

  7. packerswin96 - Nov 16, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Another Bruin getting away scot free. I am shocked!!!

  8. nunan - Nov 16, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Tsac how is this worse than Scott’s hit BUT not worthy of suspension? Two contradictory statements. Scott got what he deserved (late hit to the blindside). This is a normal hit if Ryan doesn’t let up. Intent absolutely has something to do with it. That’s not opinion, that’s fact, league standard, etc. youre in the minority here buddy.

  9. tsac33 - Nov 16, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Scott wasn’t late, he finished his check. Watch replay puck is still in the frame when he hits him. Don’t think scott should have been suspended. Also think chara did something way dirtier like the next night and no penalty or suspension. Think the nhl has gotten over zealous with the suspensions and would like to see it handled fairly. U think if Crosby was the recipient of that elbow we would be talking about no suspension? I just want consistency.

    • nunan - Nov 16, 2013 at 7:49 PM

      Frame or no frame, it was late, deemed late by the league, and to the head, which is the most important part…Chara didn’t do anything of the sort. There was some nothing play behind the net the next night but nothing dirty about it. The league typically gets these things right…they actually know what they’re doing. It’s your right to disagree but, again, you would be in the minority. These slowmo replays really mess with people’s decision making skills because they over analyze the situation and don’t actually understand how things move out there on the ice. And yes, I think if Crosby let up while going to make contact in the corner, you would have seen the same decision. It’s not really a hard decision to come to when you see the play.

    • spitfisher - Nov 16, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      Tsac33 = Troll or an idiot, take your pick

  10. thesportsjudge - Nov 17, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Ryan’s feet sure got high for getting “a high elbow” with the right arm of Seidenberg going up.

  11. patf49 - Nov 18, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Just about anybody is going to be at Chara’s elbow ! He’s a clean player and gets watched more closely because of his size. What do you want him to do? Skate in a stooped over position to lower his height?
    Go B’s!

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