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15 Game Suspension For Shawn Thornton

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added 4:03pm, Brendan Shanahan explains the suspension below...

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So if he appeals and it gets reduced to say 10 games, that would suck. I would have preferred to see 20 games to give room for an appeal reduction.

Posted by timbits on 12/14/13 at 04:10 PM ET


What a joke!!! Should be in prison!!!

Posted by Joe on 12/14/13 at 04:12 PM ET

Slumpy's avatar

Since he did it to Orpik I think this was 10 games to long.
Orpik will go back to his cheapshot ways when he returns and refusing to fight when he doesn’t feel like it.

Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 12/14/13 at 04:22 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

So, James Neal, who had two previous suspensions, gets five games for deliberately trying to hit a defenseless Marchand in the head with his knee. Then, Thorton, who has no previous suspensions, gets 15 games for basically sucker-punching a guy who refused to fight him.

I don’t care that Marchand managed to escape serious injury and that Orpik ended up with a concussion. The deliberate nature of both incidents should have been the initial deciding factor and then the history of previous suspensions should have been the “add-on” factor when it came to establishing the length of the suspensions.

I really, really don’t get Shanahan’s Spin-o-Rama Wheel of Justice. There seems to be absolutely no logic to it whatsoever.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 12/14/13 at 04:38 PM ET


Sucker punch understates the devastation of the hit. A double shot to a guy with his head against the ice, resulting in knocking him out cold which required hospitalization. Neal who is a POS was a one time glancing headshot. These two incidents are not the same level of violence. As for refusing to fight, no player should have to fight after giving a legal hit. The so called “code” does not justify the unwarranted violence against Orpik.

Posted by timbits on 12/14/13 at 05:42 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

The difference in the amount of time each player had to decide not to be a stupid dirtbag makes a giant difference.

Shawn Thornton had every second since he got a roughing minor trying to get Orpik to fight the first time to decide that assaulting a guy is a dirty shitbag move. James Neal didn’t take nearly as long to work through the consequences of his dirty shitbag move.

I think they got this one right, but I wouldn’t have minded seeing it go longer.

I’ll get down on Orpik refusing to fight for a big check when I get down on Kronwall for it.  Don’t hold your breath on that.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/14/13 at 05:51 PM ET

Chet's avatar

15 games is almost 20% of a season and 20% of his salary. it’s not small.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 12/14/13 at 07:05 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Is this suspension crediting the games that he has already missed?

I agree that a player being hurt should not change the number of games suspended.

I wish that the team suspended would forfeit the roster spot . May help put an end to this foolishness. Anyone agree?

Posted by cigar_nurse from On LTIR for the Greenville Pylons on 12/14/13 at 07:57 PM ET

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