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from Dyan LeBourdais of Islanders.com,
On Friday morning, as Andrew MacDonald was talking to the media, breaking the bad news that his season is finished, Islanders forward Trevor Gillies was on the ice at the Coliseum getting his practice in before returning to the line up tomorrow night against the Flyers.
“It’s great to have him back,” said oft-linemate Matt Martin. “He’s a big part of our team. He’ll stand up for any one of us and he went through a bit of a tough stretch with a couple suspensions. But I played with him all last year. I’ve never really seen him suspended.”
Martin continued, “It was tough for him, but he handled it well and he’s been very supportive of the guys. We’re very supportive of him as well. It’s definitely good to have him back.”
from Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post,
Islanders’ GM Garth Snow does not agree with the 10-game suspension that NHL handed down to Trevor Gillies on Friday. As a matter of fact, he doesn’t even necessarily think the hit Gillies put on the Wild’s Cal Clutterbuck during Wednesday’s 4-1 win was a penalty.
“From the play, the way I saw it develop, there was a hit form behind on [Islanders’ rookie Justin] DiBenedetto by the Minnesota player,” Snow said on Saturday before the Islanders’ game against the Blues at the Coliseum. “Then Trevor comes over and tries to finish his check. The first point of contact was shoulder-to-shoulder, it was not a hit from behind by any means.”
via Katie Strang tweet,
Trevor Gillies suspended for 10 games by NHL
In case you missed the hit from Gillies on Cal Clutterbuck, you can watch it here.
TORONTO (March 4, 2011)—New York Islanders forward Trevor Gillies has been suspended for 10 games and will forfeit $60,975.60 in salary for delivering a blow to the head of Cal Clutterbuck of the Minnesota Wild in NHL game #954, March 2, the National Hockey League announced today.
The incident occurred at 2:23 of the second period and Gillies was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for checking from behind.
“By targeting his opponent’s head, three shifts into his first game back from a suspension for a very similar action, Mr. Gillies has forfeited his privilege of playing in the League for 10 games,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. “While it is fortunate there was no injury on the play, there can be no justification for a player delivering a dangerous check to an opponent in this manner”.
Gillies, who was suspended for nine games on Feb. 11, is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and forfeits his salary based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (186). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
But the video of the Gillies hit, itself, was unremarkable. A cheap shot like that happens so often now, the audience is practicallly numbed by it, and why wouldn’t it be? The players don’t police themselves, there is no internal discipline for reckless behaviour, and the NHL doesn’t take the incidence of head injuries to its players seriously - even one to the best player in the world, who may or may not be back this season, or ever again be the player he was.
It’s what Button (on NHL Network) was saying that struck me. And though I’ve heard the idea mooted before, I don’t believe a former NHL director of player personnel (Dallas Stars) and GM (Calgary Flames) has ever mouthed such sentiments on a league-funded TV network.
What he said was: show some balls, NHL.
Don’t just punish the player, punish his coach and teammates by making them play with 17 skaters for the duration of the suspension. Punish the general manager by counting the suspended player’s salary against the cap. Make all the enablers of this epidemic of irresponsible behaviour pay a price for it, and you might be surprised how quickly the jackass quotient in the the NHL is eliminated.
Gillies received five for hitting from behind and a game. Gilies had just returned from a 9 game suspension for a hit in the Penguins/Islanders penalty-filled game.
added 9:48pm, Keith Jones and Mike Milbury on VERSUS not happy with the hit. Watch below…
Hockey legend and Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux dropped an unexpected bomb on the New York Islanders and the National Hockey League in the wake of suspensions and fines announced stemming from Friday’s night at the fights between his Pens and the Isles. In short, “Super” Mario whined in print to anyone listening that if the league doesn’t start X, Y and Zing to his liking, he might just take his ball and go home.
Sound familiar? It should, of course, considering this is the guy who once dubbed the NHL a “garage league” in the early nineties, as obstruction was on the rise, and swore he was close to retiring at that time because of it. (He didn’t, remember, not right away anyway and wouldn’t have for some time, if not for illness and injury.)
The game these days, without the hooks and holds that Lemieux once complained of is probably better, as a whole, but there are some who will argue that a little of that here and there, perhaps, might prevent some of the more serious injuries and questionable hits we seem to see every other game now. Case in point, a defenseman in pursuit of the puck in his own end is often a sitting duck for approaching forecheckers these days, with his partner unable to hold up the opponent in any way, shape or form as he once was.
That example carries some weight here only because Lemieux’s comments today centered around player safety, after New York’s Matt Martin suckered Pittsburgh’s Max Talbot and teammate Trevor Gillies took out Eric Tangradi with a head shot/flying fists combo.
One has to wonder, then, a few things: