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Report: No hearing for Prosser after getting tossed against Devils

Mar 21, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

No big surprise here, but Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports Minnesota d-man Nate Prosser won’t face any supplemental discipline for his hit on New Jersey’s Tim Sestito during Thursday night’s action.

Prosser was given a five-minute elbowing major and game misconduct for this hit, a punishment several folks found a tad excessive:


“He was taking a large run at Pross and Pross was trying to play the puck,” Wild head coach Mike Yeo said after the game, per the Star-Tribune.

It’s worth noting that the possibility of supplemental discipline existed in part because of Prosser’s reputation as a repeat offender. He was suspended one game by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety back in April ’12 for headbutting then-Chicago forward Jamal Mayers.

As for Sestito, he left the game following the hit and didn’t return, though Devils head coach Peter DeBoer said the rugged forward was feeling OK.

“I saw him after the game and he’s coherent,” DeBoer explained, per the Star-Ledger. “He feels all right, but he wasn’t able to come back.”
  1. lordfletcher - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    And what about the (cough cough) hearing scheduled for the referee who made possibly one of the worst calls all year.

    Oh yes, zero accountability … Carry on.

  2. hockey412 - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    How dare he play the puck and get charged by Sestito – we need to get that crap outta the game. They should make it a rule that if someone hits you when you have the puck you are required to play the victim and flail about before falling to the ice.

  3. nicofthenorthstar - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Obviously. They might, however, want to hold a hearing for those refs.

  4. sjsharks66 - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    They need to bring in video review for this reason exactly. I believe if the ref went over and replayed what happened, there would be no call. Just like the 5 minutes glass was handed out a few weeks back.

    Instead of worrying about how the faceoffs should be taken, bring in video review.

    • hockey412 - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      Not sure how I feel about video review but I guess I’m not opposed. I do, however, think I’m in favor of an off-ice ref that can see more of what’s happening.

    • clarke16 - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      Video review has it’s place–but this isn’t it. This is a judgment call. 10 different people might see it 10 different ways. It part of hockey. This isn’t a review of whether a puck went in the net or not. If you consistently don’t like the judgment demonstrated by a ref–then remove the ref…not bog the game down with video reviews of every damn play… All it does is create whiners looking for calls instead of snipers firing in goals.

      • ctochester12 - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM

        Until the ref prove that they can get it right then I think that it is time for video review, and they have to explain why they are making a call like that to Toronto. Once they prove that they can actually make the right call take away video review.

    • getadealdonealready - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      Never been a huge supporter of review for this, however players getting tossed from games and having to kill off 5 min penalties is a huge swing in a game especially when playoff spots are on the line. It would be nice to see these calls get made correctly, or as stated above some sort of evaluation system for the officials who blow these calls.

  5. vstar1us - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Well what do you know, what about fining the Ref that blew the crappy call. Give him a fine.

  6. purpleguy - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Shouldn’t even have been a penalty — apparently the refs don’t watch the league’s videos on defensive positioning.

  7. clarke16 - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    The best part of this vid is the reaction of the little kid sitting on his grandpa’s lap after the hit…

    • elvispocomo - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      Pretty awesome for sure!

  8. getadealdonealready - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    In the NFL at least they come out and give the public some feedback on bad calls. It would be nice to hear what the NHL feels about some of these calls as well.

  9. elvispocomo - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    I’m fine with only the call on the ice. While I can see the argument for no penalty or just a 2 minute minor, first glance is I see Prosser extend his arm in a way unrelated to anything he’s doing with playing the puck so a real time call by the refs is understandable to a degree.

    Remember, we’ve seen players suspended for illegally contacting a player coming in to check the guy with possession like with the Brown/Pomminville hit. There is that established line of responsibility for Prosser on this play not to stick his elbow out, however blurry people may think it is.

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