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No Suspension for Canucks’ Dale Weise

According to Jim Jamieson of the province, there will be no suspension or fine for Vancouver Canuck Dale Weise following his hit on Edmonton Oilers defenceman Alex Plante on Monday night.

NHL VP of player safety Brendan Shanahan looked at the video of the hit but opted not to hold a hearing with Weise, so there will not be a suspension. It’s still possible Weise could be fined or receive a warning about the hit, however.

The entire article can be found here.

There are of course several Oilers fans and media on both sides of the debate, but Sportsnet’s Mark Spector has written an excellent piece on charging and why Weise should not have been suspended that is not only well written but reasonable but draws into question where player accountability is going.

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Oilers Rock's avatar

if it was andy sutton instead of dale weise…. we would be looking at 10 games min

Posted by Oilers Rock from Edmonton, Alberta on 12/27/11 at 03:16 PM ET

Lisa Brown's avatar

At this point it does seem that Sutton’s past suspensions weigh heavier than any actual play he makes.

Posted by Lisa Brown on 12/27/11 at 03:35 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

If it were Andy Sutton instead of Dale Weise, he would have jumped into the guy.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/27/11 at 04:04 PM ET

Oilers Rock's avatar

and the guy would have escaped without a broken nose and a concussion

Posted by Oilers Rock from Edmonton, Alberta on 12/27/11 at 04:10 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

I’d be in favor of the guy receiving the hit escaping without an injury. It would also be nice if the guy receiving a hit paid more attention to his surroundings and didn’t turn himself awkwardly before contact.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/27/11 at 04:21 PM ET

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The idea of comparing anything Wiese does to anything Sutton does is ridiculous. There is a reason Sutton has been suspended for as many games as he has and Wiese hasn’t. We all know prior history (“repeat offender”) plays a role in suspensions, in fact it’s made clear by Shanahan when it happens. Trying to make an ironic statement to that effect is more or less retarded.

Watch the play. It’s a shoulder to shoulder hit UNTIL Plante turns himself into the boards. It’s a hard hockey play. Wiese finished his check. Why don’t we talk about Kesler getting a charging penalty for going shoulder-first into the boards? Screw worrying about the players, he broke a seam in the boards!!!!! Or Eberle falling over, looking straight up at the ref who is not calling a penalty. That being the case, Eberle decides to look down and grab his face, feigning any kind of injury, and the ref’s arm goes straight up into the air. I bet if any Canuck player did that, he would get a penalty for diving.

Posted by Liam from Vancouver on 12/27/11 at 05:57 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Brendan Shanahan on Twitter:

Weise/Plante: The backhand pass by Plante simultaneous to the hit contributed significantly to the severity of the impact. No further S.D.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/27/11 at 06:51 PM ET

Lisa Brown's avatar

Thanks JJ! I was surprised that it wasn’t that tweet that broke the story earlier today.

Posted by Lisa Brown on 12/27/11 at 09:26 PM ET

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