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Canucks’ Weise says Hanzal is ‘going to have to answer the bell’

Jan 26, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

Martin Hanzal, David Booth AP

It was just over a week ago when Phoenix Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal tore through the Vancouver Canucks.

Hanzal ran roughshod through the Canucks lineup injuring David Booth, Henrik Sedin, and Mike Santorelli. His high-stick on Booth was bad enough to earn him a fine.

The two teams are set to meet again tonight and Canucks forward Dale Weise says Hanzal had better be prepared for payback as Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun shares.

“We’ll see what happens tomorrow but I think he’s going to have to answer the bell,” said Weise. “Obviously he took a pretty good stab at Hankie, a pretty good stab at Boothie and then Santorelli off the draw. It was tough for us (to immediately react). We saw what he was doing but it’s a tight game and you can’t really go out and get a penalty trying to jump a guy, or trying to engage a guy, and then they score and make it 2-0. So you have to be smart about the way you do it.”

The Canucks are obviously no strangers to the rough stuff lately, whether they want to be part of it or not, and the fact that Henrik Sedin hasn’t been right since that game hasn’t gone unnoticed. Vancouver has enough tough guys in their lineup to make the game worth keeping an eye on.

  1. joey4id - Jan 26, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Here we go again! Boys will be boys! How will the Canucks respond if Tippett starts with the goon squad? I think he should. Just make sure you have each player at their normal positions.

    • gfallar - Jan 26, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      Tippett doesn’t have a goon squad.

      • valoisvipers - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        That’s true but Hanzal is 6.6 230lbs not a scrapper but I’m sure he can take care of himself against the O So Tough Canucks….

      • alobarisright - Jan 27, 2014 at 2:06 AM

        Hanzal got whupped by Mike f’in Richards. He’s not a good fighter (neither is Richards), he’d better hope he can turn the fight into a wrestling match or he’s going to be eating some punches.

  2. cambannedloinstache - Jan 26, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    In before people saying the Canucks are goons – if this happened before the Kings and Flames games everyone would be calling them sissies for not acting during the game.

    Regardless of the hate of the week thrown at Vancouver what Hanzal did was dirty and it’s ridiculous he only got a $5k one for injuring 3 players in 8 minutes. And yes, because people are bound to it up, Weise should have been punished for his slew foot.

  3. cambannedloinstache - Jan 26, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Unrelated but has PHT become monstrously glitchy for anyone else on mobile? It wouldn’t display any of my text for that post hence all the typos

    • mp1131211 - Jan 26, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      I hadn’t noticed. But it is a sad display of penny pinching by NBC. A highschool student could design a mobile app better.

  4. sabatimus - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Weise should just go into the Coyotes’ dressing room to settle things…

    • joey4id - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      Good one! Funny!

  5. supercoop8 - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:46 AM


  6. stepanup - Jan 26, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    I preferred AV’s Canucks to this brand of Vancouver hockey. Yes, Hanzal had stick-work on three Canucks in that shift. However, not any one of them was dirty enough to warrant discipline. In aggregate it cost him 5K. That’s all well and good.

    What I don’t like is a player like Weise, who has no reason to be in the NHL besides be a member of Torts’ goon squad. I have no problem with fighting in hockey, but I’d prefer it come from players who have skill such as a Perry/Iginla/Lucic/Brown/Backes etc.

    Hanzal has no obligation to waste his time with a bottom-feeder like Dale.

    • ikillchicken - Jan 26, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      But that’s the thing. You have to look at in in aggregate. I don’t think any of the slashes were, totally in isolation, bad enough to merit a suspension. But you have to look at them as a whole. When a guy goes running around, and in the space of a few minutes takes out three different guys, including two of our top 6 forwards, you have to see the clear intent to injure there. If that kind of play isn’t suspendable then I don’t know what is.

  7. spicyjimbolaya - Jan 26, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Starting to sound a little like how it was pre-Bertuzzi/Moore incident. Maybe they should just change their names to the Vancouver Paybacks.

  8. alicesrightfootesq - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Hope Vancouver’s obsession with proving their tough drives them right out of the playoffs.

  9. gfallar - Jan 26, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Funny to see the Canucks working to morph from champ divers to pugilistic wonders. It’s really working well for them and for their currently absent coach.

    Maybe they should just keep their mouths shut about retribution.

  10. elrock7 - Jan 26, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    They are trying to work out a trade for Bertuzzi but Canuckleheads don’t want to give up a ninth rd pick to get him.

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