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Report: No hearings scheduled for Thomas, Weber

Jan 29, 2014, 10:46 AM EDT

According to reports, Tim Thomas won’t face a disciplinary hearing for his high-stick on Boston’s Carl Soderberg in Tuesday night’s 6-2 loss, nor will Buffalo’s Mike Weber for an elbow on Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom.

CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty passes along news of the Thomas decision, which came shortly after the former B’s goalie knocked Soderberg in the head in the waning moments of a blowout loss:

Thomas was given a two-minute minor for the infraction.

As for Weber — who also evaded a hearing, according to the Washington Post — he came under fire after catching Backstrom with a high hit late in regulation of Washington’s 5-4 OT win:

Weber wasn’t penalized on the play, but Backstrom addressed the hit following the game.

“I was going for a change, that’s the only thing I know,” he said, per The Post. “You saw the hit yourself, make your own judgment if it belongs in this league or not.”

  1. kantnockdahustle89 - Jan 29, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Weber trying to go high on a guy who had a serious concussion issue last year. Classy. Karma somewhat got him back when he was the one defending on the winning goal. Suck it you POS.

  2. stringhama - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    The hit on Johansson in the second period was much worse. Weber recieved a two minute minor for interference on the play.

  3. sabatimus - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    I guess goalie sticks to the head are fair game, then.

  4. jcmeyer10 - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Carl didn’t need to do that. I don’t even mind Thomas’ reaction.

  5. nicofthenorthstar - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    That Tim Thomas slash is as dirty as it gets. If there is really no further discipline…. I don’t even know. Crazy.
    Next game maybe he will get the chance to use his stick like a baseball bat, get a good full extension, two arm swing at a guy’s head. I mean, why not?

  6. bruinpred - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Total embarrassment. Thomas can swing a stick like that and it’s treated the same as an accidental high sticking. I hope it would at least be a 4 minute penalty if his head came off.

  7. muckleflugga - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    way to go tim…

    the best way to stop goal crashing is with liberal administration of lumber … every time … pig stick the pig

    it’s time for goalies to stand up where the spineless suit jockeys in the league office refuse

    jim howard and tim thomas … lead on lead on

  8. kingcobraman - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    your right stick to the head is unacceptable … should have done the chop to the legs….

    • barkar942 - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      Or the upshot to the kahunas.

  9. wethog66 - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    No further punishment for that douche Weber after what he did to 90 and 19?

    Thats as bad as the fact not one single Cap stepped to Weber in defense of either 90 or 19.

    F***ing Horse S***!

  10. elvispocomo - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Unless there’s a better angle, the elbow on Backstrom doesn’t look like anything more than a penalty. It actually looks to me like he contacted the shoulder/upper body of Backstrom and Backstrom goes down since he clearly wasn’t expecting it. If he does contact the head clearly then it’s worth a look for sure.

    The Thomas one though, he clearly swings his stick at Soderberg’s upper body. It’s reactionary and has intent. Even if it’s only reckless that should really be at least a fine.

  11. rdurk86 - Jan 29, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Another fine example of league punishment based solely on the after effects (no injury to Soderberg in this case). Wonder what it would have been i his stick went under his shield and poked his eye out.

  12. shortsxit34 - Jan 29, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Zach Kassian was suspended 8 games (5 regular season) for his accidental, but wreckless, high stick to Gagner.

    Tim Thomas received 2 minutes for his intentional swing of a goalie stick to Soderberg’s head.

  13. shortsxit34 - Jan 29, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    We can all comment about how the NHL only suspends based on injuries rather than the actual actions, but it would just be exhaustive. What’s the point anymore; we’re just a broken record. The NHL has made it crystal clear that “player safety” means doing something after the fact, not before. They don’t care about preventing injuries, they just care about looking like they’re doing something about it once a player is already hurt.

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