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Video: Chris Neil hit on Mikhail Grabovski

Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:31 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2011 10:37 pm
By: Adam Gretz

During the third period of the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night Chris Neil and Mikhail Grabovski were involved in a collision that will very likely get the attention of the NHL's new player safety boss, Brendan Shanahan, who has been giving out suspensions like they're burning in a hole in his pocket over the past week.

Based on what we've seen so far from Shanahan it's clear there is a new level of transparency when it comes to discipline from the league, with each suspension being accompanied by a video describing the play in detail and why he issued a certain punishment. The response from fans and media has been overwhelmingly positive, but there's also been a sense of, let's wait and see until he has to deal with something that's borderline.

The Neil-Grabovski play, which you can see below, might be that type of play depending on which team (or group of fans) that you ask.

Neil was not penalized for the hit, even though it took place while Grabovski did not have possession of the puck. The question becomes whether or not this was an accidental colission, or if Neil targeted Grabovski's head and violated rule 48.1, which could result in him becoming the next player to get a couple of games off without pay.

Grabovski left the game briefly and went to the locker room, but eventually returned to the Maple Leafs bench. He scored a shorthanded goal and added two assists during the game.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:41 pm

Video: Chris Neil hit on Mikhail Grabovski

It was a clean hit neil was just skating and the laugh/leaf player skated right into him and neil knocked him down nothing wrong with that... Its hockey you got pads on and get paid good money sometimes someone is gonna knock you down and you just gotta keep on trucking

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 9:41 am

Video: Chris Neil hit on Mikhail Grabovski

So tired of every body check being called "a hit to the head".   Neil didn't do anything wrong here

Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:51 am

Video: Chris Neil hit on Mikhail Grabovski

It looks like Shanahan will be quite busy this season handing out suspensions left and right.Guilty as charged.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:35 am

Video: Chris Neil hit on Mikhail Grabovski

Hack goon.   His job is to look out for the rookies and take some pressure off of them this year, not to make indiscriminate contact.   Lazy and useless clip to a guy without the puck.   This is exactly the kind of useless hitting that needs to go away, more so than most of the headshots imo.    Wonder how Melnyk feels about it, here's a quote of his from the spring of this year:

“It’s going to continue to happen unless some radical stuff goes on,” Melnyk said Tuesday, speaking on Toronto’s Fan 590 radio station. “I’m talking about - and I’m as far to the right wing on this issue as you can ever get - you hit a guy in the head you’re gone and I mean gone.


“A deliberate (hit) you don’t play hockey anymore. That’s the way you’re going to do it. You’re gone.”

Let's hear what he has to say now.

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