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Jordan Staal Fined For Hit On Braydon Coburn

NEW YORK (February 18, 2012)—Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jordan Staal has been fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for boarding Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn during NHL Game No. 865 Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 9:56 of the second period. Staal received a minor penalty for boarding on the play.

added 7:16pm, Video of the hit…

 

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Flashtastick56's avatar

Terrible, terrible, terrible hit.  He knew it, too.  Glad Colbourn is okay.  At least he seemed to be.

The Pens are lucky it’s only a fine.  Could’ve been a few games…probably SHOULD have been a few games…

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 02/18/12 at 11:50 PM ET

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Agreed.  If it happens again, he will and should be suspended.  Luckily, Staal usually doesn’t do this crap, so there will hopefully be no worries.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 02/19/12 at 01:00 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

And here I was all set for some tongue-in-cheek trolling of the Pens fan contingent in here about what a dirty player Jordan Staal is, but I was impressed at the speed at which he recognized his mistake and checked on the status of Coburn.

Guy’s still lucky he didn’t get suspended for a reckless play, but I think his immediate reaction may have played a part.  What’s the point of suspending a guy you know immediately feels remorse?

If he does it again, nail him to the wall for it.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/19/12 at 01:24 AM ET

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Guy’s still lucky he didn’t get suspended for a reckless play, but I think his immediate reaction may have played a part.  What’s the point of suspending a guy you know immediately feels remorse?

I imagine that remorse and luck had nothing to do with Staal not getting suspended.  Had Coburn been injured or Staal have any kind of prior history, he would be suspended.  Just because a guy feels bad should have no impact on suspensions/fines or anything.  It’s what made the whole Lucic explaining the Miller hit to Shanahan so ridiculous.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 02/19/12 at 02:40 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Just because a guy feels bad should have no impact on suspensions/fines or anything.

I disagree.

When a guy like Carcillo or Raffi Torres says “I’ll do that again, even if they suspend me”, then the suspension should absolutely be longer than if he very quickly realizes his mistake.

If Staal weren’t the kind of guy who immediately recognized that he made a mistake, then I posit he’d already have a prior history and would have been suspended here based on the kind of attitude that shows.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/19/12 at 03:49 AM ET

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