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Ryan Garbutt fined (not suspended) for spearing Corey Perry

Apr 26, 2014, 4:36 PM EDT

The latest round of league discipline regarding spearing infractions involves a fine for Dallas Stars winger Ryan Garbutt‘s spear on Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry from Game 5 of their first-round series on Friday. He won’t be suspended for the exchange.

The CBA mandates the $1,474.36 fine. Garbutt received a five-minute major and game misconduct for spearing Perry.

Here’s video of that incident:

You may remember Perry from a spearing incident of his own in this series with Jamie Benn.

In other spearing news, Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards avoided supplemental disciple for spearing Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks while Boston Bruins power forward Milan Lucic was fined $5,000 for spearing Detroit’s Danny DeKeyser on Apr. 18.

One might call this “The Summer of Spearing.”

Anyway, Stars head coach Lindy Ruff believes that it wasn’t that bad of an infraction and it seems as if the league agrees.

  1. steelcity333 - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    The NHL has now said three times in the postseason that spearing an opponent is alright. Just ridiculous.

    • scottybcboy - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      More than just the three times. There have been at least six spears/slashes to the midsection already in the playoffs, I have no idea how they decide who gets fined and who doesn’t. I do know that if you wear a spoked B the public outrage is much louder.

      • titansrbeast - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:05 PM

        I think it’s also a bit louder when it tends to be a spear to the nuts.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      No they haven’t, they’ve fined players for their infractions. Taking what should be a major penalty isn’t always grounds for a suspension.

  2. sjsharks86 - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    I’d pay $1400 to spear Perry any day.

  3. mp1131211 - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    What is the point of fining a professional athlete $1500?

  4. sjsharks66 - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    I agree. 1,400 to spear Perry? Im sure a lot of players would take that. Minus the 5 minute major.

    I don’t feel bad Perry got speared. Why? Not because his past cheap history against the Sharks. Because he speared Benn earlier in the series and only got 2 minutes. Weird how the refs decide that his is only 2 minutes, Garbutts is 5 and who they will allow fight. WAY too much power handed to these refs.

    • crybabiessuck - Apr 26, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      Benn didn’t flop around like a little b^tch after he got speared. That is the difference. Weird how Perry was able to come back rather fast after it appeared he was in “so much pain”

  5. flash8910 - Apr 26, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    So following the logic of the NHL, it is worse to grab your own crotch (Joel Q. $25,000K) than it is to spear someone else’s (Lucic $5K, Garbutt $1400, others $0).

    • wjarvis - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      This was on US television, violence is ok but Q’s sexual suggestion to the officials is not.

  6. joey4id - Apr 26, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    If you were a player, would you allow the league to fine you for as much as they wanted? As a player I would make sure the NHLPA would do everything to keep fines to a minimum.

    No suspension is the right call because Perry was not injured, and this is in accordance with the CBA, which the players and owners agreed on.

    • paperkid96 - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      Wrong. Spearing only has one intent. To injure. Hell, boarding and che king from behind at least usually involve some form of hockey play. Spearing is dirty no matter who it was on or to. The NHL doesnt care.

      The only reason they care about things that cause concussions is because of law suits.

      If there was a class action lawsuit against the NHL for scrotum injuries then spearing would be handled the same way.

      • joey4id - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:37 PM

        Oh! Stop whining.

  7. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 26, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Well the fine is the only form of consistency so far. Still of though if Perry gets 2 then Garbutt should’ve only gotten 2 not 5 & a game but hey he’s not a star so of course he gets more.

  8. areaman714 - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Maroon, Fistric, et al should stand next to Garbutt and or Rousel and say, “let’s go now or it will be a painful night for Jamie and Seguin”. Both will cower as usual . . . Still laughing at Rousel hiding behind the ref and getting to the penalty box as fast as he can when the non-fighter Etem challenged him. Wussmaster flash.

    • areaman714 - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      Excuse me . . . Garbutthole.

  9. Wineshard - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    A fine is meant to deter. Yeah I wouldn’t want the league to fine me as much as they wanted, but I also don’t want to get speared.

    The NHLPA also wants to protect its players, no? Therefore, let THEM determine the fine. If they say no fine then they are saying, “go ahead boys, skewer yourselves. We don’t care.”

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      They already did agree to the fine, that’s why it was negotiated on and put in the CBA

  10. lesleyvissersfacelift - Apr 26, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    What is “supplemental disciple”? And it’s Spring.

  11. dlk75150 - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    This is a joke perry deserved this and more! Anaheim can’t take their own medicine. They are dirty players and perry leads the charge!

    • areaman714 - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      The. ducks can take it. They have squared off with the Stars many times and the Stars have cowed. The have taken and given cheap shots this series . . . The difference is the Ducks don’t hide and run afterwards.

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