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Flyers’ Schenn fined for Versteeg cross-check

Dec 13, 2013, 11:53 AM EDT


Philadelphia forward Brayden Schenn has been fined $2,230.77 for cross-checking Chicago’s Kris Versteeg during Wednesday’s 7-2 loss, the NHL has announced.

Schenn hit Versteeg midway through the second period, but no penalty was called on the play. The $2,230.77 fine is the maximum allowable under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, and all money will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Schenn does have a history with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. Last season, he was suspended one game for a headshot on New Jersey defenseman Anton Volchenkov.

For a clip of the incident, go to the 48 second mark of this video.

  1. joey4id - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Yes! Good call! Does that mean Yemelin will be fined for his elbow on Downie or has that ship sailed?

  2. mclovinhockey - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    That ship sailed… Downie embellished too much. Despite him missing the rest of the period and being hit in the head, it still looked way too much like he doing his impression of Jim Carry (overacting). This was a good call though

  3. muckleflugga - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    brayden schenn’s starting to betray symptoms of a hockey brat badly in need of a proper filling-in

    i watched this guy in his junior career when he was touted as the second coming, but something was always missing; hockey intelligence and any indication he was in it for anybody but himself

    schenn’s type of fouls are always cheap, always from behind, usually coming from distance with force, and are invariably superficial efforts to present himself as a heavyweight

    he’s gone habitual, and the league would be doing the game a favour by putting this goon on ice for twenty games or so, teach him some smarts, teach him about fairplay, teach him about team-play…

    teach him some manners

    • flyerspsu - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      i dont agree with all of that but i do agree with his lack of hockey intelligence, he just doesnt have much of it, its a shame, he seems to have all the tools but that one thing missing is huge

    • phillyphanatic77 - Dec 14, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      I’m sorry but that’s ridiculous. Schenn may never be a star but he’s hardly a goon. If you wanna see an entitled goon who’s “fouls are always cheap” look across the state to James Neal… the guy never misses a chance for a headshot and he hasn’t even been suspended for twenty games. To suggest that Schenn should be put on ice for twenty games based on two incidents is beyond absurd.

  4. prd797 - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Boy, that’ll teach him not to crosscheck a vulnerable player in the head! Great job by the ever vigilant and fair Department of Player Safety!


    Seriously, how the hell can they decide that fine to be the max number per the CBA. That’s .4% of a minimum contract of 550k. For Schenn, that’s around .07% of his salary for this season if I did my math correctly. I’m not raging as much about this scenario (Versteeg wasn’t injured and Schenn seemed concerned) but I am furious about this setup in general.

    Not that this is a new development, but this is not the kind of setup that protects players. I find something fundamentally wrong with the entirety of the discipline system if a Department of freaking PLAYER SAFETY can only slap offenders with chump change fines. And the fact that the CBA lets states that this is the max fine indicates that both PLAYERS AND OWNERS could give a rats ass about the safety of the partners (IE other players) in this here NHL.

    Looking at it simplistically: We had a damn lookout and this chump-change garbage is part of a CBA they spent months b*tching over. Absolutely ridiculous.

  5. jrus14 - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Good call it deserves him right brayden schenn should be suspended for at least 2-3 games

    • flyerspsu - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      suspended for that? no way, where he caught versteeg was accidental, thats why he stopped after he did it, showed remorse, and gave versteeg a little tap to say sorry or didnt mean for that

  6. elvispocomo - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    When was the last time anyone was fined for less than the maximum amount? It’s probably time to raise the limit on that to make fines for plays that don’t quite deserve suspension relevant considering the amount of money paid to NHL players.

    A max fine is less than 0.5% of the salary for a player making NHL minimum. A $100 ticket for a full time minimum wage employee is 6.6% of their salary.

  7. drone501 - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    the flyer way. when will they ever learn.

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