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Video- Arron Asham Suspended 4 Games

Brendan Shanahan with the explanation.

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i guess the cross check just wasnt to the throat enough for 5 games or more.

Posted by jwad on 04/17/12 at 11:55 PM ET

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i guess the cross check just wasnt to the throat enough for 5 games or more.

well to be honest it actually wasn’t to the throat.  I think the 4 games he got was due to the punch after schenn was on the ice.  People cross-check high all the time and get away with it.  This one seemed high because of Schenn’s reaction… but clearly never hit the neck/throat.  Had Asham not punched Schenn when he was down, it could very well have been no suspension at all.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 04/18/12 at 12:09 AM ET

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4 WHOLE GAMES

Posted by SolidTG7 on 04/18/12 at 12:18 AM ET

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Asham had no business being anywhere near Schenn on this play.  Regardless of where the crosscheck hit him, he went out of his way to assault Schenn.  Im pleased they considered intent to injure this time, but think this deserves more.

Posted by jwad on 04/18/12 at 12:21 AM ET

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4 WHOLE GAMES

I know you are being sarcastic… and for the record i thought he would get 5 games, but also this is (from my memory) the longest suspension given out this postseason to a player that did not injure another player.  As mentioned above, this seems to mean something to shanny.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 04/18/12 at 12:27 AM ET

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Top headlines (right hand side) of the NHL website:

1) Hawks’ Hossa leaves on stretcher after hit |
2) NEW: Caps’ Backstrom suspended one game
3) NEW: Penguins’ Neal suspended for one game
4) NEW: Pens’ Asham suspended for four games
5) Preds hold off Red Wings for 3-1 win in Game 4
6) TSN: Hawks hope to grab series lead in Game 3
7) Panthers rally past Devils, take 2-1 series lead
8) Daniel Sedin practices, hopes to play in Game 4
9) Blackhawks’ Shaw suspended three games |
10) Nyquist earning praise for strong offensive play
11) Flyers’ first-year guys are rookies in name only
12) Sens miss Alfredsson in Gm. 3 | Alfie setback
13) Because It’s The Cup: Touch it: Yes, no?

7 of the 13 (a majority) are about suspensions on plays that caused injuries, or about star players recovering from illegal hits that were met with minimal suspensions (Hossa/Torres to be determined).

I guess we should be glad to see that the NHL TV ratings are up? Sad day(s) for hockey.

Posted by Mike from Toronto on 04/18/12 at 12:29 AM ET

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I know you are being sarcastic… and for the record i thought he would get 5 games, but also this is (from my memory) the longest suspension given out this postseason to a player that did not injure another player.  As mentioned above, this seems to mean something to shanny.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 04/17/12 at 11:27 PM ET

Its only 4 playoff games if the Pens make a miraculous comeback, in all likelihood this is 1 playoff game and 3 regular season ones.  That makes this suspension weaker than it should be.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 04/18/12 at 12:32 AM ET

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7 of the 13 (a majority) are about suspensions on plays that caused injuries, or about star players recovering from illegal hits that were met with minimal suspensions (Hossa/Torres to be determined).

I was just thinking this when this as i was watching the lastest Highlight er… lowlight videos.  I love the playoffs, for things like multiple overtime winners, goalies standing on their heads, amaizing talent on display in competitive games.

Im really bummed out about this.  All the highlights and stories are violence and suspensions it feels like.  I’ve watched less hockey than in any playoffs since the early 90s.  And when my team gets eliminated, im checking out until October, and maybe longer.

Posted by jwad on 04/18/12 at 12:36 AM ET

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Its only 4 playoff games if the Pens make a miraculous comeback, in all likelihood this is 1 playoff game and 3 regular season ones.  That makes this suspension weaker than it should be.

well it will hurt asham for sure.  Consider his contract is up after the playoffs, and the pens most likely will not re-sign him.  He will be looking for a job with an organization where he will not be playing the first 3 games.  He has not played very well this season and could very well find it difficult to even land an NHL job this summer.  The 3 games does not help him at all.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 04/18/12 at 12:36 AM ET

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gretzky_to_lemieux—we are really going to worry about Asham? The NHL has decided that players like this can get away with it. Raffi Torres was not resigned by the Canucks after several dirty and suspendable hits that hurt his team (a commendable move by them), and easily got a contract in Phoenix.

Posted by Mike from Toronto on 04/18/12 at 12:44 AM ET

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During the 2nd intermission of the Hawks/Yotes game Mike Keenan made a good comment about the Torres hit.  He basically said, which has been said many times by others, that certain players (Torres one of them) play with a little too much edge.  He added, which has also been mentioned for many years, that certain players have no respect for other players. 

There are too many hits being made with the express purpose of injuring a player.  We all want to see the best, clean, hockey.  We want to see the best players play and not be sidelined because of illegal hits.  Sadly I agree with some who are very disappointed with this year’s playoff’s.  I don’t believe the increase in viewer’s is because of the violence.  I hope it’s because of the many close games.

Posted by bobinnocal on 04/18/12 at 12:53 AM ET

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Raffi Torres was not resigned by the Canucks after several dirty and suspendable hits that hurt his team (a commendable move by them), and easily got a contract in Phoenix.

The team owned by the NHL, no less.  You know, the organization that’s trying to eliminate head shots.

Posted by Savage Henry on 04/18/12 at 09:06 AM ET

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