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Nikita Nesterov to have a chat with the Department of Player Safety

From the NHL's Department of Player Safety:

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WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Crickets on the hit from behind that McDavid laid on Oduya the other night though.


Couldn’t have the new face of the league suspended for his first home game now could we.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 10/16/15 at 12:27 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

I’ve heard quite a bit about that one but haven’t seen it. I think that if Oduya had gotten hurt, it would’ve been called in. :/

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 10/16/15 at 12:32 PM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

Nesterov doesn’t really seem to hit him that hard, or with malign intent.

Posted by duhduhduh on 10/16/15 at 12:44 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Nesterov is making a good hockey hit, that ends badly because Stuff Happens.

Posted by Primis on 10/16/15 at 12:56 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Injury or not, that’s a piss poor decision by McDavid and should have had a consequence.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 10/16/15 at 12:56 PM ET


Both Nesterov and McDavid should’ve been penalized, but I don’t believe either should face anything beyond that.

Posted by Garth on 10/16/15 at 01:15 PM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

The really sad thing about the video that I posted is that if you pause it at :46 seconds the referee is right at the bottom of the screen looking at the whole thing.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 10/16/15 at 02:09 PM ET


Neither hit was really bad but both should receive punishment.

Nesterov’s hit was mostly bad luck. McKenzie turned just slight to make it a hit from behind instead on shoulder impact. The problem is where the hit occurred. Its the danger zone (sing it) where a player is too far from the boards and not enough in open ice. Players need to be taught that hitting in that zone is dangerous.

McDavid’s hit looked a little worse as he could clearly see Oduya’s number.

Assuming its a first offense for both, I’d issue a fine. Although I wouldn’t be upset if they both got a game. Need to get this stuff out of the game ASAP and if that means escalating discipline that might look harsh in comparison to old calls, do it. It’s a new season. Now is the perfect time to establish order.

Posted by evileye on 10/16/15 at 02:32 PM ET

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