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Hartnell avoids suspension, fined $5,000 for spearing

Apr 14, 2014, 12:26 PM EDT

Philadelphia forward Scott Hartnell has avoided suspension but will be $5,000 lighter after spearing Carolina’s Brett Bellemore on Sunday.

The NHL has fined Hartnell $5K — half of the maximum $10,000 — according to the Philadelphia Daily News. The punishment came after Hartnell was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for this, which occurred in the third period of the Flyers’ 6-5 shootout loss to the ‘Canes:

Hartnell wasn’t viewed as a repeat offender under the current CBA terms but did have a history with player discipline, getting suspended two games in 2008 for boarding then-Bruins defenseman Andrew Alberts.

Following Sunday’s game, Flyers head coach Craig Berube expressed disappointment in Hartnell’s actions.

“You have to keep your emotions in check and you can’t become a loose cannon out there,” Berube said, per CSN Philly. “You have to play the right way. You have to be intense, but you have to be smart.”


  1. jaybaileys - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    A half hearted spear is that like being kinda pregnant?

    • dschrode2013 - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:29 PM

      Clement, Clement hands of cement.

  2. hockey412 - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Of course he does.

  3. lilmoose3239 - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Scott Hartnell maybe the biggest jackass in hockey… But I’d love if he played on my team.

  4. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:42 PM


    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      Hartnell crosses the line sometimes, but all the “scumbags” in the league are just playing second fiddle to James Neal.

      • ironyisadeadscene - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:28 PM

        Not a Hartnell fan but i’d agree

      • hockey412 - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        I was wondering when the “he’s not so bad, james neal now he’s bad” garbage would start. I love how that’s the constant argument from Boston and Philly fans….as if no one can see through your reasoning. It’s not that Neal is any better or worse, it’s that Neal did it to YOUR guys…doesn’t sound so tough, when you get to the heart of your argument.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:43 PM

        hockey412, you gotta understand the importance of pitpenguins’ name here. if it wasn’t that, James Neal wouldn’t have been brought up, I guarantee it. I’m surprised you haven’t noticed the Flyers/Pens dynamic that goes on here yet. don’t comment negatively on each others posts (as I know you tend not to do, you’re one of the more objective Pens fans here) and you won’t have it thrown back. it’s kinda the same every day.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:44 PM

        actually, ‘guarantee’ is kinda a strong word for this situation…. but if you’re gonna come calling our players scumbags, don’t expect to not get it back when you have a bigger scumbag on your own team.


      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        Hockey412, like ibie says, I made the comment in response to a Pittsburgh fan. If say a Wild fan would’ve said it there would’ve been no reason for Neals name to be brought up. Hartnell is much older and has had far less discipline handed down from the league. He’s not a professional headshot artist like mr. Neal. And believe me it’s not just Flyers that that dude snipes.

      • hockey412 - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        Got it – thanks guys. Just gearing up for the playofffs :)

      • c9castine - Apr 14, 2014 at 6:16 PM

        haha yeah sure thats some kind of logic right there.

        nevermind that he does the same stuff on probably a more regular basis. he doesnt play for the penguins therefore he is not nearly as bad.

      • c9castine - Apr 14, 2014 at 6:23 PM

        this guy did this, this guy did that.

        the article is about hartnell. this particular action doesnt make me think he is a scumbag. its a dirty play sure.

        what makes me think hes a scumbag is the fact that hes a scumbag. let me know when you find an objective pens fan defending james neal. then well compare. until then shut up and take your medicine.

    • laxman1944 - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      Oh come on “Rulez”……….Mr. Neal is not exactly an angel.

  5. kastout11 - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Usually he just plays hard-nosed and not dirty, but this was a dirty play. He can definitely be frustrating to watch, and he does take some undisciplined penalties, but along with Giroux certainly my favorite Flyer, but I would hate him if he played for the Penguins or Rangers.

  6. darksidecowboy - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    “Of course” he’s not suspended, the playoffs start this week

  7. sjsharks66 - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Someone has to make up for Rinaldo being gone.

    • hockey412 - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      Let me save them the trouble….Rinaldo isn’t bad, he’s awesome, Hartnell is awesome and as clean a player as he is shaven, it’s all JAMES NEAL’S fault. HE’S the problem. It was him that laid Rinaldo’s headshot, and it was HIM that speared Bellemore.

      • mcphillthy - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        Rinaldo IS awesome. I can’t wait for him to get come back from his suspension. Damn you, James Neal.

      • maalea - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        Hartnell has gone 6 years without any discipline, when Neal gets to 6 years, he will have been retired for 5 of them.

      • goodolejr - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        It’s funny that your previous comment was about how James Neal isn’t better or worse than other players mentioned, that it was just because of what he did to Bruins and Flyers players that makes us hate him. Umm…no. The fact that he’s been suspended AND fined more than any player on either the Flyers or Bruins in the past few seasons show that he’s a much worse offender and is the reason he’s come under fire like he has.

      • orangandblack - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        Didn’t James Neal just slash Matt Read in the back of the head 2 days ago???

      • hockey412 - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:21 PM

        Thanks guys – just taking it all in. But Goodolejr, your statements weren’t exactly true. Needs some fact checking. COME ON DUDE IT’S THE PLAYOFFS, BRING YOUR A GAME.

    • fortarnold - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      Pens troll in sharks garb

  8. statsdolie - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Come on Sj I usually respect your comments but you guys have raffi Torres on your team. Enough said. Every team has a idiot on it so why through a troll comment on our idiot

    • fortarnold - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      Torres doesn’t play for the Penguins.

  9. sjsharks66 - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    That was a serious comment. The last major thing the Flyers had happen was Rinaldo getting suspended. So Hartnell getting a major just fits. He is filling in for Rinaldo’s absence.

    As for the Torres thing. Yeah, the guy has a past. He has not done anything while playing on the Sharks. Stoll said his hit was clean and he did not deserve a suspension. Just an example of the name on the back of the jersey. Same thing happens to a player on every team, including the Flyers.

    • tcclark - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      except with the Flyers it often has more to do with the name on the front than the one on the back.

      Not saying that is the case here, but the Flyers pay for their history more than any other team.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      Does this mean you’re actually admitting that Rinaldo atleast gets a few undeserved penalties bc of the name on his back and the symbol on front? Hell is currently freezing over.

  10. statsdolie - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    My assumption of his team was based on his name

  11. sjsharks66 - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Phillyphanatic, I do think that. You can look back at some previous comments when I said Rinaldo would be a great 4th liner if he stopped with these suspension deserving hits. I also said he seemed like a really nice guy. I don’t dislike Rinaldo just because he is a Flyer. I dislike him because he lacks discipline and pulls stunts like jumping into players heads. He cleans up his act, I will like him as a 4th line player. I used to despise Torres. I was actually very upset with that signing. Until he started actually playing hockey instead of throwing cheap hits. I am able to look past players histories when they clean up. I did it with Torres, Cooke and will do it once Rinaldo changes.

    • ibieiniid - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      I can’t take your positivity seriously when you continue to put Rinaldo on Cooke’s level. that’s ignorant, at best.

    • fortarnold - Apr 14, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      How in the world does someone stating “someone has to make up for Rinaldo’s game being gone” imply something positive about Rinaldo? Your comparison was based on Hartnell doing something dirty. Hartnell’s main role on the team is an offensive role, Rinaldo is that of an agitator/defensive forward so it is not as if they have interchangeable roles. You are a backtracking trolling turd.

      • sjsharks66 - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:10 PM

        Obviously you are new to PHT. Phillyphanatic knows what im talking about. Calm down young Fortarnold, Rinaldo will be back soon.

      • fortarnold - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        I am far from new, just calling a spade a spade. You are a Penguins troll running your mouth under a Sharks moniker. There is nothing even implicitly complimentary to either player in your initial statement.

  12. flyboystransport - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Rinaldo and Hartnells penalties were stupid and totally unnecessary to help outcomes of games. Flyers will not beat the rangers doing stupid stuff like that.

  13. toiletclown - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    James Neal needs to teach this punk Fartsmell a lesson. In time my friends.

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