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Lupul fined $10,000 for crosschecking Eaves

Jan 3, 2014, 2:51 PM EDT

Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul won’t be suspended for crosschecking Detroit’s Patrick Eaves on Wednesday during the first period of the Winter Classic. Lupul has, however, been fined $10,000 by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

Eaves was forced to leave the contest and did not return as a result of the crosscheck, but it sounded after the game like he avoided any serious injury.

Lupul received a two-game suspension in March for hitting Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman in the head.

  1. lilroot9 - Jan 3, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    AH HAHHAHA. 0.19% of his salary, nice!

    So if my earnings are $50,000/year and I get a $120 speeding ticket, it’s 0.24% of my earnings.

    It is clear the NHL does not care about concussions. (I have heard per the CBA that is the max fine, which is sad)

    • shaundre93 - Jan 3, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      I guarantee if Colton Orr does the same play its 5+ games. It’s gross how the NHL is handling “discipline”. I hope we PHT users can come to the realization that the NHL doesn’t favor the team in these situations, but they certainly favor star players. If you score 30+ G a season, you can be sure the biggest punishment you’ll ever receive will be 5 games

    • sunderlanding - Jan 3, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      He didn’t get a consussion. The NHL ups the suspensions for concussions. There was NONE here.

      • dtownbeatdown - Jan 3, 2014 at 4:48 PM

        sunderlanding, it is about the intent to injure. Lupul was frustrated from getting shoved around and his intent was to hurt Eaves. I didn’t believe it would warrant a hefty suspension but I figured at least 2 games. Inconsistency in the NHL’s safety guidelines is pretty terrible.

      • sunderlanding - Jan 3, 2014 at 7:49 PM

        I don’t think it was. His intent was to let him know he was pissed off, but I really don’t believe he wanted to hurt him.

      • joey4id - Jan 3, 2014 at 5:15 PM

        Intent to injure…… How do you know that? I’m not saying I agree with the suspension or lack of games of suspension. The rule book contains a rule to,penalize players for cross checking. So, my question to you is how to determine when a cross check was given with intent and another wasn’t?

      • joey4id - Jan 3, 2014 at 5:16 PM

        If that’s your logic, then can you explain why Neal got five for kneeing Marchand?

      • sunderlanding - Jan 3, 2014 at 7:51 PM

        Cross checks happen all the time. It was bad that his stick got up high, but Eaves was bending at the moment of contact. A knee to the head from behind when you’re not involed in a battle is a little bit different.

      • shaundre93 - Jan 3, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        Youre the last person I would have expected to defend a head shotter lol. Its pretty clear that there was intent there. He got hit and knocked down. Got up, looked pissed. First player he sees he cross checks him in the head/neck. I haven’t heard he didn’t get a concussion, I only heard nothing was broken so idk about that. Its just super frustrating to see blatant cheap shots like this go unpunished when guys who are just playing hard and make questionable hits have the book thrown at them.

      • sunderlanding - Jan 3, 2014 at 7:54 PM

        I’m not defending the actions. I’m just saying I don’t think his intent was to injure the player. Sure he wanted to let him know he was pissed off, and the stick got up a little high, but I don’t think he was aiming for the head. Either way cross checks happen all the time, and the player wasn’t hurt. Not that I agree with the NHL’s methods, but they only suspend big when the head is targeted or the guy gets a bad concussion.

      • elrock7 - Jan 3, 2014 at 6:21 PM

        Watch the play! There was no intent to injure! Eaves is already low and Lupul turns and gives him a shove, crosscheck, I suppose but no intent to injure. Leaf haters everywhere. Just a reaction to the elbow in the head he received seconds before from Wings #4.

        People need to chill

      • joey4id - Jan 3, 2014 at 8:02 PM

        Let’s see if I get this right. Sunderlanding thinks because cross checks happen all the time as compared to kneeing it’s ok not to suspend Players for cross checks to the head. And shaundre believes it’s pretty clear there was intent. How do you prove intent without any doubt? You would need to be able to read the players mind at the moment he cross checked. My point is we don’t know what Lupul’s intent was. Only he can tell us. I’m not defending Lupul. I thought he should have been suspended for the cross check because whether there was intent or not, it was reckless. Players should be held accountable for any shot above the shoulder, which he was, but he got a fine instead of a suspension. I have no idea what Shanahan’s intent is to fine the guy instead of suspend him. :-) I guess I would have to ask him. Seriously though, I would like to know why he wasn’t suspended.

      • sunderlanding - Jan 4, 2014 at 2:24 PM

        First off I didn’t say I liked the play, or supported the behavoir. Read close this time. The league didn’t suspend him for a couple of reasons. First off it’s not a head shot. I’m not a doctor, but I’m pretty sure the neck and head are different. Secondly, like I said, cross checks are quite common, and this is just a case of a cross check gone wrong. He didn’t try to hit him in the neck, it might look like it in slow motion, but at full speed Eaves is moving as Lupul delivers the check. There was no intent to injur. He wanted to let him know he was pissed, but he didn’t try to seriously hurt him. The player wasn’t seriously injured on the play. He left the game but there is no concussion. Right now the league is focusing on head shots, or boardings where the head crashes into the boards and results in a concussion. There was no contact with the head by anything, and there was no concussion. You can hate it all you want, but that’s how the league suspends.

  2. paperkid96 - Jan 3, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    ouch! Do you know how many custom tailored pairs of jeans that just cost him?

  3. muckleflugga - Jan 3, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    good call on the fine…bad call on the ice

    i see joffrey getting a proper filling-in sometime soon…had tootoo been playing, lupul’s life would have been forfeit…scrap for the ages as lupul’s no shrinking violet himself…from fort saskatchewan alberta –his mother played centre if you must ask

    ten large wouldn’t have covered the rudimentary dental work

  4. sjsharks66 - Jan 3, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Could have been 5 on the ice and the fine. I am ok with them just giving him a fine, the on ice officials need to do a better job though.

  5. fusionix7 - Jan 3, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Ridiculous. If a guy doesn’t get suspended for blatantly cross checking a guy in the head I’m at a loss for what type of criteria the NHL is looking for.

    What’s worse is Lupul went after the wrong guy! He was pissed because Kindl gave him a clean check.

    Lupul exhibited two things that I hate about the current NHL:
    1. Players seeking retribution for clean hits.
    2. No respect for a fellow player.

    • mizbinboston - Jan 3, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      ^This. You can hate your opponent, but you have to respect him.

    • elvispocomo - Jan 3, 2014 at 6:52 PM

      You forgot recklessness. That earned Kassian 3 preseason games plus 5 regular season games when he recklessly caught Gagner with a high stick. No way to prove intent for the outcome in either case, yet one gets a long suspension and the other gets a fine – not to mention Lupul’s the one with the NHL suspension history.

      • 19wasthebest - Jan 3, 2014 at 8:45 PM

        Shanahan was a hell of a player but totally sucks at his job now. These penalties need to be more consistent. Should not matter who is doing the hitting and if an injury occurred. Should be the same penalty for everyone. After all a crosscheck to the head is still a crosscheck to the head no matter who does it.

        These players need to learn respect, but then again look at the ages of these guys. Most of this generation has no respect for anyone.

      • elvispocomo - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:46 AM

        I’ve defended him in a number of cases – the rules around hits to the head are followed well for the most part for instance – but with situations outside of that there’s just way too much variability is discipline.

  6. mshantz22 - Jan 3, 2014 at 3:36 PM


  7. sabatimus - Jan 3, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Nice punishment for a repeat offender. No consistency at all.

    • elrock7 - Jan 3, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      You Red Wing wimp fans should all just stop crying, join hands and sing kum-by-ya

  8. savior72 - Jan 3, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    –Had Tootoo been playing, his life would have been forfeit–. Thanks for the big laugh I got out of that. Tootoo is a pus.

  9. paperkid96 - Jan 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Elrock, you might want to go to Tim Hortons or the Library and get off your dial up internet, the picture must be cutting out. Kindl’s elbow never makes contact with Lupul’s head. Lupul’s head is clearly behind Kindl’s body.

    There may not be intent to injure because i’m not sure video is capable of showing what someone is thinking but it was a very poor decision he made. He may or may not have to pay a price on the ice next game. Knowing these Wings. Lupul is done with the $10,000 fine.

    • elrock7 - Jan 3, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      These Wings are the biggest pussies in the league.

      P.S Watch some tape of Gordie Howe playing.

      • paperkid96 - Jan 3, 2014 at 9:50 PM

        Agreed. No threat from these Wings. Sad.

  10. muckleflugga - Jan 3, 2014 at 7:13 PM


    cracking wise from the safety of a keyboard…another internet tough…laugh my ass off…

    tootoo has what maybe four or five guys in the history of the game had…absolutely no fear and

    pure joy for battle…

    the rarest of commodities in any fighter in any arena…no other scrapper in the game today goes in without fear…no other scrapper dresses in joyful anticipation of war to come

    you see it in the eyes…no flinch, only gleeful anticipation

    • blomfeld - Jan 3, 2014 at 9:12 PM


      “Dan Maloney … LA Kings 73-76 … was offered pro boxing contract … declined … message end”

    • dueman - Jan 3, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      Oh muckle, I’d really like to have some of the drugs you’re on!

  11. basedrum777 - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    I’m not entirely sure on this one. I think there is a bit of Toronto cooking on the result but to me a crosscheck to the head cannot come without some sort of intent or at a minimum recklessness which belies excuse. If you crosscheck someone in the head you probably should get a game (either a match penalty in game or the following game). Just uncalled for.

  12. officialgame - Jan 4, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    Someone needs to take Lupel out. He is a gutless cheap shot artist who has been doing this kind of stuff to long.

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