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Video- Brad Marchand In The Spotlight

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Subtle interference.

Posted by SlimChance on 02/02/17 at 09:50 AM ET

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Get him before he gets you. Take him out. The league doesn’t want to take care of it so it’s time for some frontier justice.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 02/02/17 at 10:07 AM ET

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Get him before he gets you. Take him out. The league doesn’t want to take care of it so it’s time for some frontier justice.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 02/02/17 at 09:07 AM ET

I agree, the league failed in policing, therefore the players need to police themselves.

Posted by George0211 on 02/02/17 at 10:17 AM ET

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There are some players that deserve a crosscheck in the teeth. Marchy is one of them.

Posted by SlimChance on 02/02/17 at 10:32 AM ET

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Pretty damning video, and all of it looks like the NHLs own footage, so no excuse for the lack of suspension.

However, I have no problem with the low bridge as a defense against someone initiating a hit on you.  Yzerman was big on that too.  Used it on Pronger in the playoffs to great effect.

Posted by Hootinani on 02/02/17 at 10:32 AM ET

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However, I have no problem with the low bridge as a defense against someone initiating a hit on you.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town

I agree with that. Both Sedin and Emelin were going to plaster him, so he has a right to defend himself. But the other ones? Theose were dirty, dirty plays. And watching the slew foot on Kronwall again makes you question the sanity of the NHL in only giving The Rat a fine.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/02/17 at 10:51 AM ET

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I have no problem with the low bridge as a defense against someone initiating a hit on you. 

I’m not a fan of the play, no matter what.  If you are going to get hit in a clean hit, so be it.  It may hurt, but more times than not it’s simply going to leave a bruise.  But if the player instead decides to go down instead of being hit so that the intended hitter flips over you they nearly always land on their head or bend their spine.

Posted by TreKronor on 02/02/17 at 11:58 AM ET

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The level of remorse I have for someone who hurts himself while trying to hurt you is… None. Of someone is coming in hot to demolish you and you see it, give them a hip check and arch then tumble.

Posted by teldar on 02/02/17 at 12:21 PM ET

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The level of remorse I have for someone who hurts himself while trying to hurt you is… None.

So if someone is going to make a clean, legal hit and instead you hit them illegally Clip them (which is defined as an illegal hit in the rule book), you have no remorse?  That doesn’t bother you? 

Giving someone a concussion because you illegally hit them and caused them to land on their neck or head is okay?  Just because they couldn’t take the legal hit?

Posted by TreKronor on 02/02/17 at 12:31 PM ET

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Giving someone a concussion because you illegally hit them and caused them to land on their neck or head is okay?  Just because they couldn’t take the legal hit?

Posted by TreKronor on 02/02/17 at 11:31 AM ET

Just because a hit is “legal” doesn’t mean you have to take it, and thereby risk injury to yourself. And a guy like Emelin is not coming at players just to hit them “legally.” He’s coming at players to hurt them.

And you know what Mickey would say about a guy trying to crush you against the boards: “That’s what the butt end of the stick is for. Let him eat that a few times and he won’t try it again.”  LOL

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/02/17 at 12:46 PM ET

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Just because a hit is “legal” doesn’t mean you have to take it, and thereby risk injury to yourself.

But again, why does that warrant making an illegal play that has a high probability of injury and great risk of issuing a concussion to another player? 

I’m all about hitting back and all that stuff, but just because you’re going to be the recipient of a fair hit doesn’t mean you should be flipping guys head over heals on a sheet of ice.  Marchand wasn’t doing this to guys like Emelin, either. 

Emelin and Marchand are in a similar category.  I would love to see the two beat each other up so bad that neither can play again.

Posted by TreKronor on 02/02/17 at 12:56 PM ET

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But again, why does that warrant making an illegal play that has a high probability of injury and great risk of issuing a concussion to another player?

Posted by TreKronor on 02/02/17 at 11:56 AM ET

I don’t think ducking to get out of a heavy hit is an illegal play. But I’d ask Mickey what his opinion is because I don’t think “feeding a guy the butt end of your stick” is a legal play either. It’s simply what’s necessary sometimes for self-preservation.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/02/17 at 01:07 PM ET

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I don’t think ducking to get out of a heavy hit is an illegal play.

Rule 49: Clipping.

Posted by TreKronor on 02/02/17 at 01:09 PM ET

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NHL player of the month material right here.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 02/02/17 at 01:31 PM ET

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I’ve met some domesticated rats - they’re actually very smart, sweet, playful creatures.

And every day on the subway platform, it’s hard not to root for the wild ones who are just minding their own business underground and trying to survive.

With much sincere respect to everyone above, rats don’t deserve the comparison to this POS Marchand….who has become a very good player, but, for some reason is still running around trying hurt people pretty much every game.

We all know Pronger was trying to take out Yzerman for the playoffs or longer and the actual result was poetic justice. It’s possible to “play mean” without risking serious harm to your opponent. If someone was coming at me full speed with a high probability of banging my head into the glass, I’d have few qualms about defending myself with the butt end or an elbow. On the other hand, I’d actively try hard to prevent an opponent from seriously injuring their head or neck.

Posted by Lefty30 on 02/02/17 at 03:27 PM ET

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  I don’t think ducking to get out of a heavy hit is an illegal play.

Rule 49: Clipping.

Posted by TreKronor on 02/02/17 at 12:09 PM ET

Well, then let’s look at Rule 49.

Rule 49 - Clipping

Clipping is the act of throwing the body, from any direction, across or below the knees of an opponent.

(a) A player may not deliver a check in a “clipping” manner, nor lower his own body position to deliver a check on or below an opponent’s knees.

(b) An illegal “low hit” is a check that is delivered by a player who may or may not have both skates on the ice, with his sole intent to check the opponent in the area of his knees. A player may not lower his body position to deliver a check to an opponent’s knees.

All of Marchand’s low hits (except for the one on Borowiecki) were above the knees. But he should be penalized for any of those kinds of hits that he initiates. Roughing would be a good call for that.

On the other hand, on those plays where he did it to get out of the way of a hit and his hit was above the knees, I can’t see how they can penalize him – or any player – for trying to protect himself.

 

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/02/17 at 04:25 PM ET

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