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Asham won't receive punishment from NHL for taunt

Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:07 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2011 4:02 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

In an email to the Washington Times NHL spokeman John Dellapina says the NHL won't hand down any further punishment for Arron Asham for his post-fight gestures on Thursday night.

"While nobody liked the gestures, they simply did not violate the rules as currently written (Rule 75.2 (i) which calls for a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct for 'any identifiable player who uses obscene, profane or abusive language or gestures directed at any person,'"

In case you somehow missed it, Asham stepped up to challenge the Capitals' Jay Beagle to a fight after taking exception to a hit Beagle laid on the Penguins' Kris Letang. Despite never dropping his gloves in an NHL game before and Asham being a veteran of the tussel, Beagle obliged. Once Asham got his right hand free, it was two punches square to Beagle's face and a bloody mess on the ice.

What drew the ire of some, though, was Asham's arm waving and go to sleep sign with his hands. It didn't take long for him to realize the severity of the situation, however, and seemed almost immediately repentant. When Beagle was helped off the ice, Asham was seen tapping his stick against the glass from the penalty box showing his support.

He was further apologetic after the game, calling his own actions classless and uncalled for.

I'm glad that the NHL isn't going to throw any discipline Asham's way for this. I don't disagree that it was an ugly display from Asham, but his repentance seemed genuine to me. It was a heat-of-the-moment thing that was simply not sportsmanlike. Any additional punishment will come from the Capitals the next time the two teams meet. That's old time hockey.

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Since: Apr 30, 2010
Posted on: October 18, 2011 8:45 pm
 

Asham won't receive punishment from NHL for taunt

Why?  Because there was a fight at a hockey game?  It happens every day.  No cheap shots, Asham did something stupid... then said as much.  I think this one can end.  

A fine would have been stupid IMO.

Yes, a fine would have been completely wrong.  I can't even blame him for his actions after the fight.  When the adrenaline is pumping after a fight, you may act a little crazy or immature.  I don't really think he should apologize for that.  As for Ovechkin, he sure can dish it out, but he definitely can't take it.  He sure won't win any trophies for sportsmanship!


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 16, 2011 6:03 am
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Since: Apr 5, 2011
Posted on: October 15, 2011 1:35 pm
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Since: Apr 5, 2011
Posted on: October 15, 2011 1:32 pm
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Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: October 15, 2011 10:59 am
 

Asham won't receive punishment from NHL for taunt

What people seem to be missing is Beagle started the whole damn thing.  He went after Letang and Asham did his job by stepping in.  Beagle could (should) have walked away but he accepted the challenge.  If you take fighting out of the game you allow marginal players like Beagle to take liberties with talented players like Chris Letang.  Beagle either needs to gain some skill to stay in the league or learn to fight.  He'll be gone within two years.  As far as the post fight celebration - Domi, Ray, Brashear all used to do it.  How many times did Domi do the Chapionship Belt movement?  Beagle is being made the victim here when in reality he got exatly what he deserved.  Period. 



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2011 8:59 am
 

Asham won't receive punishment from NHL for taunt

I think a minor fine would have ended this but the Caps now almost have to retaliate or look weak.
That is a shame, they are good skating teams but I think meele is upcoming.


Why?  Because there was a fight at a hockey game?  It happens every day.  No cheap shots, Asham did something stupid... then said as much.  I think this one can end.  

A fine would have been stupid IMO.     



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2011 8:56 am
 

Asham won't receive punishment from NHL for taunt

I ACCEPT YOUR 1K BET LETS DO IT NOW ON PAYPAL
IDIOT
WHERE HAVE YOU GONE REDWINGS I GUESS YOU DONT HAVE THE MONEY OR YOU KNOW THAT THE TIGERS CAN NOT WIN

YOU ARE ALL MOUTH
Brian & Redwings... please stop, this isn't worth an internet slapfest.

  



Since: Mar 12, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2011 12:22 am
 

Asham won't receive punishment from NHL for taunt

I think a minor fine would have ended this but the Caps now almost have to retaliate or look weak.
That is a shame, they are good skating teams but I think meele is upcoming.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 15, 2011 12:00 am
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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 11:18 pm
 

Asham won't receive punishment from NHL for taunt

When you punch someone in the face with the intent to do damage why act remorseful? Did he not wanna do that? This is hockey and the sport itself is brutal let alone the fights. The taunts were classless and should be saved for the NFL & NBA but the fighting is a staple. Next time just swing and go to the box, but thanks for the sportsmanship


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