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Jarkko Ruutu on Martin Erat…

Below you can see the Eric Brewer hit on Maxime Talbot and Mike Richards on Patrick Kaleta below…

 

 

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Ruutu’s is textbook rule 48. Ruutu never -ever- gets the benefit of the doubt and I expect this to be the longest of the discipline of these three.

Prediction: 3 games.


Talbot’s is similar to the one on Seabrook, except I think he was faking injury to try and buy a major (given the situation and time in the game), where Seabrook was kind of hurt. If this was a 4-1 game in January, I expect Talbot would have got right back up (his quiet-time was between periods, he missed no shifts ). If a blatant, intentional headshot is allowed as long as it’s not from the side and not an elbow, I guess this is legal. There was a worse hit in the neutral zone by Bergenheim(?) in OT1 that nobody will ever see because Connor(?) shrugged it off that was worse, anyway.

Prediction: nothing.


While I sympathize with Richards in seeing Kaleta and not wanting to roll the dice and find out if he’s (Richards) about to catch a cheapshot (didn’t look like he was), he can’t just elbow Kaleta in the face before the latter does something. The NHL isn’t pre-crime and the same justification used to explain his elbow on Kaleta could be used by the Sabres to break Richards’ ankle on his next faceoff, since Richards is not less cheap. Prediction: no idea. Clearly suspendable, but the NHL’s Comcast bed-partners are going to fight this.

Posted by steviesteve on 04/21/11 at 06:45 AM ET

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The Richards incident isn’t worthy of two minutes, much less a major.  A suspension is laughable.  He wasn’t moving, Kaleta came at him and then sold that like Cal Worthington sells cars.  Open til Midnight!  If that is suspendable, might as well suspend Myers for his “viscious knee on knee” hit on Carter…

The Ruutu hit is awful.  Worse are Carlyle’s comments post-game. 

Problem is hockey is turning into football in this regard with the flopping, diving and crying.  Such a shame.

Posted by Unicorn Force from DC (but like everyone here, I'm not a local) on 04/21/11 at 11:28 AM ET

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Even the canuck announcers are shocked at the call on Richards. 

Clearly suspendable, but the NHL’s Comcast bed-partners are going to fight this.

I will respectfully disagree.  It is not “clearly” suspendable.  I don’t even believe it is worth a major.  And if COMCAST is the bed-partner of the NHL, wouldn’t the call have gone the other way?  That statement is such a contradiction.  Not a well crafted sentence.

Posted by ProjectMayhem on 04/21/11 at 12:48 PM ET

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Even the canuck announcers are shocked at the call on Richards. 

Ha.


And if COMCAST is the bed-partner of the NHL, wouldn’t the call have gone the other way?

Do the referees consult with ownership groups before they blow a whistle?

Ownerships call Campbell when there’s a questionable incident, not, like, Steve Walkom during the game. I thought that would be obvious considering referees conspicuous lack of phone calls between raising an arm and signaling the call, but since I find myself explaining that Buffalo is not in Canada, I guess not.


Not a well crafted sentence

Says the guy who thinks MSG is the Canadian channel.

Posted by steviesteve on 04/21/11 at 01:29 PM ET

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how do you people see what you see?

the Ruutu hit was not blindside, he didn’t get his elbows up, and although it’s a little hard to see it looks like the primary contact was in the chest area.

Brewer - the head was clearly the primary contact.

same for Richards - he blatantly elbowed him in the face.

I wouldn’t expect anything for Ruutu.  Brewer I would expect something although maybe just a fine.  Richards might get a game because it was so blatant.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/21/11 at 06:54 PM ET

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