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NHL decides that 5 and a game misconduct was enough punishment for Johan Franzen

I may be one of five people who had no problem with Red Wings forward Johan Franzen spearing David Perron after Perron smashed Franzen's face into the boards (since Franzen suffered a subdural hematoma after being concussed against the Colorado Avalanche in 2008, and you may remember how Gary Roberts welcomed Franzen back by punching him in the face repeatedly), especially as Franzen received a major and a game misconduct for spearing in the process...

And this morning, Sportsline's Adam Gretz (via On the Wings' Matt Saler) and MLive's Ansar Khan report that the NHL felt that the 5-and-a-game's worth of penalties was severe enough punishment for a player whose head remains a prime target for opponents who know that Franzen will snap if he's punched, slashed, facewashed or otherwise hit in a manner that involves attempting to break his face:

Franzen received a spear and then a face-rearranging cross-check to the face by Alexei Emelin and Dmitri Kalinin at last year's World Championships, too (remember? Covered it). He doesn't like being hit in the face.

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Hootinani's avatar

He doesn’t like being hit in the face.

Do you like being hit in the face?  I sure as hell don’t.

This is another case of a player having to defend himself because the refs won’t.  There was no call indicated for Perron until after the scrum and the whistle was blown.  Like Mickey always says, if the NHL would let the players defend themselves with their sticks, there would be alot fewer players getting run through the boards.  No one wants to take a face full of lumber (or a sack full), especially the cowards that like to board defenseless players.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 02/08/13 at 12:48 PM ET

bleep bloop's avatar

Gotta say I don’t have a problem with any of it. The boarding penalty was called and there was no apparent malicious intent and no injury (and it really wasn’t that bad, just that Franzen has had issues before), so a minor was appropriate. I have no problem with Franzen’s retaliation, though I’d probably feel bad if Perron were injured, but spearing is automatic major+game. And not only did the Blues not score, but the NHL isn’t going to do anything about it. So it worked out pretty well.

Posted by bleep bloop on 02/08/13 at 02:01 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

I’m guessing Perron won’t likely board him again.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/08/13 at 02:19 PM ET


That hit by Perron wasn’t even worthy of a boarding penalty. Franzen has always been the kind of player who will take a shot at a guy when their back is turned and usually long after the whistle is blown….or he waits until an official is between him and the opposing player and then throws a punch. He’ll never stand up for a teammate in any meaningful way and he’ll sure as hell never challenge someone man-to-man. It’s no wonder why so many players can’t stand him and is one of the biggest problems that I personally have with him as a fan. Spearing a guy in the sack IS chickensh*t even if the hit is a vicious one, which the one Perron applied wasn’t AT ALL.

Posted by godblender on 02/08/13 at 02:47 PM ET

perfection's avatar

my only problem with the play is that he didn’t spear Perron harder. He got up too quickly. Probably not pissing blood today as he should be after that OBVIOUSLY dirty hit against someone he thought wouldn’t do anything back to him.

I’m curious as to your incredibly skewed standard of boarding godblender? While by no means do I think Perron’s hit was a 5 and a game, it was really the definition of a boarding minor. And it WASN’T going to get called. Good for Franzen. I can’t stand this idea that if someone takes a cheapshot and tries to hurt you that you have to follow some code and fight them, whether you can beat them in a fight or not. Hell, a boarding check probably leaves you kind of dizzy and disoriented, not really a good place to be during a fight. There were three forms of retribution Perron deserved - a stick to the nuts, a sucker punch to the face, OR a Bertuzzi to the back of the neck. Next…

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 02/08/13 at 03:19 PM ET

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