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Sabres' Boyes suspended two games for hit

Posted on: September 25, 2011 12:59 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 7:30 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

Another night of preseason games, another player leaves with a suspension from NHL chief disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.

A day after Brad Staubitz and James Wisniewski were suspended indefinitely for their actions on Friday, Brad Boyes of the Buffalo Sabres had to face the reaper for his hit on the Maple Leafs' Joe Colborne and left with a two preseason-game suspension. He will be able to return for Buffalo's exhibition game in Germany before the season begins in earnest.

See the objectionable hit for yourself and hear Shanahan's explanation.

As you can see, Boyes nails Colborne with the principal contact of the hit coming near the head, the specific play Shanahan and crew are trying to weed out of the game. There was no penalty called on Boyes during the game, but that doesn't guarantee him no league discipline. This one isn't completely clear cut, but the NHL has shown it will air on the side of caution in these cases.

Having no prior discipline past helped spare Boyes from a tougher suspension.

Soon enough players are going to have to reprogram their brains to avoid these types of hits. These are the new rules of the game and they are not going back.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:23 pm
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Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:32 pm
 

Sabres' Boyes suspended two games for hit

As a long time fan, hocky club president and referee, it's about time.  Besdies protecting NHL players from career ending injuries, it should start to reduce the dirty play I would see as on official because kids (and even non-contact adult league knucklheads) would emulate what they saw in the NHL.  Way too long coming.  I enjoy good, hard, CLEAN hits as much as anyone.  Dirty, head-hunting yahoo's need to find another outlet.



Since: Sep 8, 2009
Posted on: September 26, 2011 12:58 pm
 

Sabres' Boyes suspended two games for hit

Maybe next time Shannahan could stay sober for the video.



Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: September 26, 2011 9:53 am
 

Sabres' Boyes suspended two games for hit

That is true about the head shot whether its intent or not, I wasn't thinking abotu it that way. Man there are going to be a lot of suspensions this year. For the taller guys like Ericcson, Chara, etc they are going to have to be real careful with their elbows, not that they haven't had to before but it looks like Shanny is going to be very strict, which is fine. The problem he will have is if he lets some of the bigger names off with lesser penalties, or puts stiffer penalties on hits on the stars of the game. I'm just glad we are going again, since I am one of about 3 hockey fans in the entire state of Arkansas.  



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2011 10:52 pm
 

Sabres' Boyes suspended two games for hit

I haven't heard if Dion Phaneuf was suspended for his hit on Michael Ryan during Friday night's Leafs-Sabres game or if Armstrong was suspended for his hit from behind on Gaustad, but both wrere dirtier than what Boyes did.   Not that Boyes didn't deserve a suspension, but it wasn't a brutal hit by any stretch.  I know that Shanny wants to start out on the right foot and lay down the law, but you can't give a pass to players just because their names sell a lot of jerseys or because they play in the best hockey market in the world.   



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: September 25, 2011 10:11 pm
 

Sabres' Boyes suspended two games for hit

Mistereus, you nailed it:

I don't thnk intent is relevant. If you give a guy a head shot than you should be suspended.

I am a typical Sabres' fan - passionate about the team.  A year ago I would have been screaming about this.  Of course, a year ago we would never have heard a peep said about Boyes hit.  I think that the NHL knows they must do things to protect players.  Shanny played the game at such a high level for so long that he is perfect for this role.  If he says that the onus was on Boyes to prevent the (very incidental) hit to the head, then frankly I believe him.

If he believes that a player intended to make a hit to the head - you can believe that the penalty is going to be very severe.  I think he's planning to drum repeat offenders right out of the league.




Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: September 25, 2011 6:57 pm
 

Sabres' Boyes suspended two games for hit

I don't thnk intent is relevant. If you give a guy a head shot than you should be suspended. That's how I feel and I think that Shanny and the NHL feel the same way. Perhaps if there was obvious intent then he would have gotten more games



Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: September 25, 2011 3:23 pm
 

Hit from Sabres' Boyes latest to be reviewed

Not sure about this one; it's hard for me to tell if he had intent to hit him in the head or not. I need one of our resident hockey experts to tell me if I'm wrong. I have to agree with the others I have seen so far but this one is questionable in my mind.


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