Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/22/11 at 10:35 PM ET
from Joe Haggerty of NESN,
“We’re going to make sure we let him know that we don’t want him to change his style,” said Claude Julien. “The suspension was because of different things. One was a playoff thing that had nothing do with a hit, and the other was a collision with Miller that maybe when they looked back on it they felt like they should have called him for that. Maybe if it had it would have diminished this last [suspension], but we’re just going to ask him to go out and play.
“We’re a physical team and we don’t want that to creep out of our game. The NHL doesn’t want that element to creep out of that game either. We want to manage it the best way we can, but you certainly don’t want players playing afraid to finish off their checks.”
On the other hand, Lucic can’t turn his back from the player that leads the Bruins with 73 registered hits this season either. The power forward has led the Bruins over the past four years with 751 registered hits while averaging 188 body checks per season over that four season span that includes an injury-plagued season two years ago.
That’s a ton of demolition derby style hockey hits without any suspensions or egregious acts to injure fellow players, so there’s plenty of evidence that Lucic is doing things the right way.
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