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Letourneau-Leblond suspended 5 games

Posted on: September 22, 2011 5:28 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 7:32 pm
By: Adam Gretz

Brendan Shanahan issued his first suspension in his new role as Senior Vice President of Player Safety by suspending Calgary Flames forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond for five games (four preseason games and one regular season game) for boarding Vancouver's Matt Clackson during the Canucks 4-3 win on Tuesday night.

Because Letourneau-Leblond was suspended back in October he is considered a repeat offender under the rules of the current CBA, while the suspension will cost him over $6,000 in salary.

Along with the announcement of the suspension, the NHL also released a video that features Shanahan, who is replacing Colin Campbell in charge of player discipline, breaking down the play frame-by-frame and explaining why it was against the rules and why the suspension is as long as iti is, which is something we're not used to seeing from the NHL (and I like it).

Letourneau-Leblond recieved only a minor penalty during the game.

Shanahan said in the video, which you can watch below, that Clackson had his back turned toward Leblond prior to the contact, and that he did not put himself in that position immediatly prior to the check, which meant Leblond had plenty of time to avoid the hit or minimize it.

And this from the NHL:
"Letourneau-Leblond took a direct route toward Clackson, hit him squarely from behind into the boards and drove through the check high and hard," Shanahan said. "Clackson's back was turned toward Letourneau-Leblond well before the contract, requiring that Letourneau-Leblond avoid or minimize the check completely. He did neither."
During Wednesday's action there were two other boarding calls that are sure to get at least a look from Shanahan and the league as Philadelphia's Jody Shelley was ejected from the Flyers game against Toronto. Detroit's Danny Cleary was also issued a five-minute major for boarding Pittsburgh's Philip Samuelsson in the third period of the Red Wings 3-2 loss to the Penguins, a play that both Cleary and his head coach, Mike Babcock, felt was a clean hit based on a video the NHL sent out earlier in the day showing examples of what are considered to be illegal (and legal) hits.

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Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: September 23, 2011 4:32 pm

Letourneau-Leblond suspended 5 games

I'm with Skinny on this one.   The guy offers almost no tangible hockey talent whatsoever.   He's a hack goon.    Doesn't care about the rules much, at lest that's the trend.   He decided to pick a fight in the last 5 minutes of a game last year and got suspended too.   Got in a fight 7 of his last 8 NHL games.   Logged over 300 pim in the AHL last year.   Being an enforcer is one thing, but to break two rules in a matter of a few NHL games shows a serious decision making problem for this guy.  

I don't care how desperate he or anybody looking to fill his role is to make a team.   Shanahan missed a chance to send a "real" message to all the young guys coming up trying to fill a role like his.   A guy lik Letourmeau-Leblond-lebadskater-leha

ckgoon-labrickhands is a replacable player.   Punish guys like him and the future "goons" of the league may pay a little more attention to league rules, avoiding illegal (and reckless/dangerous) hits,  and player safety.   Shelley was a gift wrapped soft-ball.   This one is more telling.   I'm not really pleased with the new dispenser of justice, and no, I don't want Campbell back either, but I doubt he would have done any different.

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:36 pm

Letourneau-Leblond suspended 5 games

Luc Letourneau-Leblo was a present from the Devils to the Flames.Just a goon on a mission that is not afraid to drop the gloves.

Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:08 pm

Letourneau-Leblond suspended 5 games

I feel bad for CBS Sports that they have to let jerkoffs like Mista P post imbecilities and force other serious bloggers to witness such garbage.

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: September 22, 2011 7:53 pm

Letourneau-Leblond suspended 5 games

I really like the in-depth analysis of the hit and why it was against the rules. Video statements such as this give the fans some insight into NHL operations. I think it would be great for the NHL to show a video explanation of each suspension-worthy violation.

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2011 7:18 pm

Letourneau-Leblond suspended 5 games

This isn't a 5 game suspension, pre-season isn't a game, come on brendan, don't embarrass yourself and the league.

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: September 22, 2011 6:43 pm

Letourneau-Leblond suspended 5 games

I feel bad for the Flames organization, having to take in all that extra costs, just to print out this kids's long awkward last name on the jersey.  Just to see him pay them back with a poor play.

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