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Berube ‘fine’ with hit that concussed Raffl

Jan 3, 2014, 11:34 AM EDT

Flyers head coach Craig Berube won’t be lobbying for supplemental discipline on the hit that sidelined Michael Raffl.

Raffl, who suffered a concussion on a hit from Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog last night, is out indefinitely — but that didn’t change Berbube’s opinion of the play.

“It’s fine. It’s not a penalty,” Berube said. “Kind of a tough play. He’s against the glass already and the guy just hit him — it’s a tough play.”

Here’s the hit in question:

Landeskog wasn’t penalized on the play, though the Philadelphia Daily News thought a call from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety might be in order:

Raffl has been a revelation for the Flyers this year, emerging from the Swedish second division to score 11 points in 29 games and occasionally play on Philly’s top line. He was also recently named to the Austrian Olympic team for the ’14 games in Sochi.

  1. cofran2004 - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    He barely touched him. Berube is right, it wasn’t (and shouldn’t have been) a penalty.

    • upper90cheese - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      It’s refreshing to hear Berube keep it real. I’m sick and tired of coaches crying bloody murder when it happens to their squad, but feigning innocence when one of their players crosses the line.

      • ibieiniid - Jan 3, 2014 at 1:15 PM

        i honestly think there’s a changing of the guard in Philly. Chip Kelly has brought an amazing amount of discipline and humbleness to the Eagles. DJax no longer running backwards into endzones. Brent Celek catching passes without spiking the ball. Riley Cooper hasn’t said anything racist for most of the season (that one’s a lol). Vick…… well…… not playing.

        Flyers alike. I think that game vs the Caps embarrassed the team, embarrassed the coaches, embarrassed the fans. you ever seen as many Flyers fans saying they need to drop the bully attitude (as there were at the beginning of this season)? this team’s turned over a new leaf and it’s showing in their record. sure, they’re still leading the league in penalties, or close to it, but most of those are stick fouls. sure, they could be more disciplined there, but as far as the cheap stuff, i haven’t seen it in months (ok, Hartnell still does it sometimes).

        i like which way Philly sports is going right now and I put most of that on these two coaches. we’ll see how the Phils play out.

  2. elvispocomo - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    A hit is still a hit, and when it’s a hit in the numbers like that it’s going to get looked at at least. I understand the point to some degree though, where it’s not a full on hit with Landeskog coming in just to bump him with the idea of corralling him as the puck gets dug out (which is where Landeskog’s looking as well).

    • ibieiniid - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      yeah I don’t think a fine is even in order here. shoulda been a minor for CFB or maybe interference, but that’s just a freak concussion from a freak hit.

  3. mclovinhockey - Jan 3, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Attempted to watch the video 30 times…. Failed 30 times… It wasn’t a bad hit. Just a bad result….

  4. nj666 - Jan 3, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    wow that frank servalli is an idiot, hes the same moron that gave emery the 3rd star after mugging that caps goalie…

  5. blackandorangeforlife - Jan 3, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Clean hit with a bad result….Nothing more and nothing less!

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