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Report: Murray to have phone hearing for hit on Kostka

Apr 2, 2014, 8:42 AM EDT

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According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports and TSN’s Darren Dreger, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Douglas Murray has a phone date with the NHL Thursday at 11 a.m. ET.

Murray will face up to a five-game suspension for his elbow to the head of Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mike Kostka on Tuesday night. Murray was assessed a match penalty on the play that put Kostka down on the ice for minutes before ultimately skating off with assistance.

Murray has no prior history of running afoul of the law, either with suspensions or fines, and that may be what’s saving him from an in-person hearing.

This season, Murray has averaged 15:30 of ice time and has 27 penalty minutes in 52 games. He’s far from being a goon, but he’s going to have a record after all is said and done.

  1. gino97 - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    I wasn’t watching. Did Montreal get a power play for this?

  2. boltsfan777 - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Murray has a history now. That hit was really bad.

  3. drewsylvania - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Habs bias? That hit was about as bad as it gets–yet he only gets a phone hearing?

    Once again, the NHL gets it wrong on intent-to-injure punishments.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:06 AM

      his 10 seasons of clean hits probably keeps him from getting 5+ games that would require an in person hearing…pretty clearly stated in the article

  4. stopthemadness101 - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Murray better keep his head on a swivel in the playoffs…

    • joey4id - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      Yes. Because you want to go head hunting especially when you’re in the playoffs. Dumb comment.

    • bsaures - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      No offense but there is no one on the Tampa roster who can take his guy he know how to fight pretty well and he has significant weight advantage to Gudas, Crombeen and Malone the three guys most likely to fight him and as many have found out over his career even checking usually results in getting put on ur behind by Murray

  5. cjnbsc - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Murray has never been suspended despite so many hits. This was a bad one which I don’t believe was intentional. It’s just never been his style.

    But he caught him up high and will get 3-5 games which he does deserve for his carelessness.

    • drewsylvania - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:18 AM

      It wasn’t Shawn Thornton’s style to deliberately injure other players, either. I think any player has the chance to make a stupid mistake like this once in a great while–especially since the league’s punishment of them is a joke.

    • joey4id - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:18 AM

      When only 5 games left in the season, and considering he’s not a repeat offender, I’m guessing the NHL will not want to ban him for the remainder of the season. Three games for a non repeat offender causing a serious injury, sounds like what the NHL will dish out.

  6. sjsharks66 - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Interesting seeing such a demand for 5+ games. You have to take in how the NHL determines the suspension. This hit was pretty bad. It’s the only bad hit Murray has laid in his career. The receiving player was also injured. If Murray had been a repeat offender then yes, I can imagine 5 games. This hit is worth a good 3 games. I feel and worry the NHL will give him about 2 or less.

    As for keeping his head on a swivel? I have only seen Murray get put on his ass one time. That was from Oshie. Other than that, the mans a brick wall. Any player that has the mentality of Murray keeping his head on a swivel will hurt themselves trying to lay a hard hit rather then get the message across to Murray. I understand that lightning fans are upset, I am also disappointed in Murray with this. Just don’t get too set on payback to Murray.

    Anyways, this needs to be a 3 game suspension. Anything more or less is a mistake from the league.

    • drewsylvania - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      Such small suspensions tell players–and coaches–that they can do it with little repercussion.

      • jpelle82 - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        i would bet money murray is smart enough to never do it again. once in ten years and his style of play is pretty good odds considering he wont play another 10 years. a guy on a 1 yr deal probably at the end of his career probably doesnt want to feel the financial repercussions either. its not like a james neal where he seems to be either really dense or just stupidly defiant. murray doesnt come off like that kind of guy.

  7. stcrowe - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Anyone see Murray try to skate? The Canadiens might benefit from a lengthy suspension.

    Seriously, he is one of the most immobile defencemen ever. The reason he is considered a hard hitter is because skating into him is like skiing into a tree. In this case, the tree also threw an elbow.

    I would call him a pylon, but he is more like one of those stone barrier things that they erect to close off streets permanently.

  8. bsaures - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    he bar has been set this year for elbowing suspensions with the winchester hit a few months back the question becomes is the play as bad as it.(Winchester got 3 games FYI)

    If he gott 3 for this murray should get 2 as it wasnt nearly as bad.

  9. dolphincult - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    2 games. Move on.

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