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Brodeur Not Happy With All The Suspensions

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Devils goalie Martin Brodeur says the new NHL warden is giving hockey a black eye with his spate of head-shot suspensions.

“Not everybody is following preseason, and when it’s over, the only thing people are going to hear about is, ‘Twelve suspensions for 37 games or whatever it turns out,’ ” Brodeur told The Post yesterday. “That’s not good for the game. No other sport does anything like that to itself.”

New NHL punishment VP Brendan Shanahan is setting suspension records for head hits.

“It could be chaotic,” Brodeur said. “Hopefully this is just an issue because the guys are adjusting. He’s setting a precedent for future calls.”

Brodeur recalls other crackdowns that fizzled.

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My, isn’t that rich. Must be nice to play a position where just about any hit will be penalized. Between fools like this and the GM’s, we’ll see just how serious the NHL is about removing hits to the head from the game.

Posted by Casey on 09/28/11 at 10:58 AM ET

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Of course Brodeur would say that - he never minded Scott Stevens head-shotting people all over the ice to help protect that GAA.

Posted by eD on 09/28/11 at 11:02 AM ET

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“That’s not good for the game. No other sport does anything like that to itself.”

I like how he effectively blames the disciplinarian, and not the people actually doing the acts which need punishment.  Shouldn’t he be saying that, instead of the “league office” doing it to itself, the players in the league are the ones doing it to themselves?

I also find it funny that he equates this crackdown with the “foot in the crease” rule, as if that’s even anywhere near the same thing.

Posted by BuzzFledderjohn on 09/28/11 at 11:04 AM ET

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“Not everybody is following preseason, and when it’s over, the only thing people are going to hear about is, ‘Twelve suspensions for 37 games or whatever it turns out,’ ” Brodeur told The Post yesterday. “That’s not good for the game. No other sport does anything like that to itself.”

What’s not good for the game? Players that are injured due to dirty hits and headshots.
Whether it is Crosby or Clutterbuck, a concussion is an injury that can end a career.

Do the Devils a favor and hang em’ up. With all due respect, of course.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 09/28/11 at 11:17 AM ET

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Yeah Marty…because thus far, the total number of suspensions of players & games is much worse than the amount of games players miss due to injuries.

Isn’t that right Crosby, Perron and Savard?

Posted by TheFreak on 09/28/11 at 11:24 AM ET

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+19 to all comments before.. what the *#$%@& is Marty thinking?  Sounds like all the youth today with no personal accountability

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 09/28/11 at 11:35 AM ET

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Devils’ PR staff should keep Brodeur on a short leash if he is going to make ignorant comments like this. He will only bring bad press and heat down on a Devils organization that doesn’t need any more bad press at the moment.

Shanny is doing the right things trying to get the players to play safer for their own good. Stiff suspensions are the only way players will listen. You can bet the Wis will think twice before forearming shivering another guy because losing 700k for being an idiot has to hurt.

Posted by Iggy Rules on 09/28/11 at 11:37 AM ET

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That was a stupid statement from fatso.Would he feel like that if Kovalchuk or Parise was hit on the head and had a possible career ending concussion, I dont think so. It’s easy to talk when you are the most protected player in the net,someone touch you and it’s called a penalty.

Posted by scrangersfan on 09/28/11 at 11:48 AM ET

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Ahh…no other sport does this? Hello….NFL? Ever heard of James Harrison?

Marty is just getting to be a cranky old man. This is good for the game. If he or the owners ever really cared about the opinion of the fans beyond their own pocketbooks they would see that these suspensions are a breath of fresh air to everyone that wants to see skill-based hockey.

Posted by VAHockeyFan on 09/28/11 at 11:57 AM ET

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Yeah, because the press prior to Shanny about guys getting head injuries from dirty plays and the offenders suffering no consequences… that was great press…

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 09/28/11 at 12:15 PM ET

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Yeah Marty…because thus far, the total number of suspensions of players & games is much worse than the amount of games players miss due to injuries.

Isn’t that right Crosby, Perron and Savard?

Posted by TheFreak on 09/28/11 at 09:24 AM ET

No kidding. Hasn’t Savard, by himself, missed more games over the last three years than every player who has been suspended COMBINED?

Marty should go back to complaining about Sean Avery badmouthing his fat gut.

Posted by steviesteve on 09/28/11 at 12:33 PM ET

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Uncle Daddy is like this full time !

Posted by Evilpens on 09/28/11 at 01:05 PM ET

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Sleeping with your sister-in-law isn’t good for the game too, much less the family whose initials you inscribe on the back of your mask.

Do your job and stop the puck. Let Shanny do his job and stop the body count on the ice.

Posted by tj77 from USA on 09/28/11 at 01:25 PM ET

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Uh, Marty, do you want a good chablis or would a bottle of Ripple be more your style?

A goalie whining about enforcing the rules to protect players?  Wait until one of the Flyer’s idiot goons runs him down and listen to him then.

Doc

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 09/28/11 at 04:05 PM ET

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I don’t think they are easing up on this crackdown.  Crosby is out because of a concussion, Mark Staal can’t play because of a concussion (caused by his own brother)  Marc Savard, Patrice Bergeron, Simone Gagne etc etc.  If they don’t stop these head hits the league will be composed of Cam Jansens and Matt Cookes.

Posted by 13 user names on 09/28/11 at 07:38 PM ET

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Stevens was a cheap shot artist as well.  He was the master of the blindside hit to the head.  How ironic that a concussion ended his career too.

Posted by 13 user names on 09/28/11 at 07:40 PM ET

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Well, we’ll all just have to see how things stand by mid-season, won’t we? No, wait…let’s all be reactionary in the comments! Nothing in that article conveyed that this one particular player is “okay” with shots to the head. The point he makes could very well be true, based on how malleable the rules and regs have been in the past, especially in the play-offs.

Fatso? I guess it’s still okay to put people down that way…if you’re a Rangers fan?

Stellar bunch of commenters here…

Posted by Carthage on 09/28/11 at 08:46 PM ET

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AWWW Carthage’s Bum Hurts because of the comments

Posted by Evilpens on 09/28/11 at 10:12 PM ET

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Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke has received a four-game suspension for his hit from behind on Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin on Tuesday, the NHL announced Wednesday.

Cooke was issued a five-minute major for charging for the hit on Tyutin, which sent him face-first into the glass.

Cooke also was handed a five-minute major for fighting, as was Columbus center Derick Brassard, who went after Cooke after the hit. Tyutin stayed in the game.

The Penguins, who lost 4-1, contended Tyutin had glanced over his shoulder before playing the puck behind his net.

“It was the worst hit I’ve ever had from behind,” Tyutin said, according to the Columbus Dispatch. “I wasn’t surprised, not when you see [Cooke] in the highlights all the time for dirty hits.”

Tyutin knew the hit was coming and looked Cooke “right in the eyes,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said, according to the Post-Gazette.

“It used to be you were responsible for yourself if you turned, but that’s not the way anymore,” Cooke said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “That call’s been called on us four or five times this year. It’s the same thing.

“He turns and looks and sees me coming. The other defenseman is slowing me down, so I’m not skating full speed,” he said.

Although the four-game suspension was for the hit on Tyutin, Cooke was at the center of another questionable hit earlier in the week.

On Sunday, late in the third period of the Penguins’ nationally televised loss at Washington, Cooke made knee-on-knee contact with Capitals star Alex Ovechkin. Cooke was given two minutes for tripping on the play.

Posted by Carthage on 09/28/11 at 10:55 PM ET

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Well Carthage.  i guess they are waiting for him to really maim somebody so they have a good case.  The league should be held criminally responsible for any harm this mad dog does,  They have had plenty of notice as to his potential to maim.  Wonder why Mario keeps him around?  His best player and maybe the leagues best player out indefinitely because of reckless headshots.

Posted by 13 user names on 09/29/11 at 02:20 AM ET

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I’m not knocking Brodeur.  What he’s saying is he hopes the crackdown doesn’t fade away come playoff time.  Like the foot in the crease rule.  Although that was a silly rule that didn’t seem to be preventing anything but scoring.

Posted by 13 user names on 09/29/11 at 02:23 AM ET

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