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Wolski, Beauchemin won't face punishment for hits

Posted on: October 30, 2011 8:01 pm
Edited on: October 30, 2011 8:03 pm

By Brian Stubits

Wojtek Wolski and Francois Beauchemin? You are safe. Neither player will face further discipline for their hits on Daniel Alfredsson and Mike Fisher respectively over the weekend.

Wolski's hit in question came in Saturday's tilt with the Senators in New York. In the play, Wolski hits Alfredsson high on the play away from the puck and drew a minor penalty for the hit that left Alfredsson down on the ice.

Alfredsson missed Sunday night's game against the Maple Leafs because of the hit.

So what was the reasoning the league isn't acting further on the hit? Here's the explanation from Kevin Allen at USA Today: "The league view on the Wolski hit was that Wolski was bracing for impact when Alfredsson skated into him."

Plays like this one not getting more discipline will likely only confuse people as to what is and is not a bad hit. The line seemed to be coming into clarity, but this will only blur it once again. This seemed like a textbook suspension hit at first glance.

The Beauchemin hit on Fisher is much easier to see as not being worthy of discipline.

Here is the hit for your digestion.

Here is the reasoning from Allen in Beauchemin's case: "The league's view was that Beauchemin's hit was a full body check with incidental head contact."

Now this one I can agree with. It is a vicious-looking hit, especially with Beauchemin going airborne on the hit. However, the main contact definitely looks to be on the body, not the head.

For his two cents, Beauchemin said after the game he wasn't concerned about a suspension.

“I’m only concerned about his health," Beauchemin said. "I’m just hoping he’s OK because I think that was just a clean hit shoulder to shoulder. Looking at the replay myself, I think his head might have hit the ice when he fell down. And that’s probably how he got hurt.”

Like Alfredsson, Fisher is going to miss some time after taking the blow.

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Since: Apr 9, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:17 pm

Wolski, Beauchemin won't face punishment for hits

I don't think either of the hits should go unpunished. Beauchemin comes around from the side of Fisher and does square up on him, but still blasts him from a blind-side move at top speed. It *might* be clean under the rules, and I LOVE ice hockey, but with players being so big, fast, and strong, something is going to have to change or else we risk more head injuries, and possibly more suicides.

It's the same with the NFL - the game is so violent that something must be done or else the players are going to suffer major injuries.

I mean, imagine being as old as Alfredsson, having played so long, and now getting blasted that hard? Would be hard for anyone, much less someone in the league that long.

Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:14 pm

Wolski, Beauchemin won't face punishment for hits

Shanahan has been muzzled - that's the message I get. How else to explain the lack of even a review?? You're right Bob, it looks very much like Wolski just threw the elbow out because Alfredsson was there. On top of that, Konopka gets a 5 and tossed because the refs fell for Anisimov's dog-and-pony show. The question now is becoming who is more confused - the players (as a result of no suspension for something like Wolski's hit) or the referees?


Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:18 am

Wolski, Beauchemin won't face punishment for hits

Wizniewski can't be compared to too many players.   He has a terrible history and there's a reason he's been on so many teams in only a few years.   Wiz was trying to do something to somebody and has a nasty track record of dirty retribution.   Wolski doesn't have anything close.     Wolski should still be suspended but the two shouldn't be compared imo.   

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:19 am

Wolski, Beauchemin won't face punishment for hits

And more Shannahan favoritism.  This even furthers my point as to why this guy will not have a job giving out punnishments next season.  Look at the wolski hit and then look at the Wisniewski hit.  And tell me why wisniewski was suspended 12 games and wolski none.  Another thing to note, although wisniewski tried, he didnt hurt clutterbuck and wolski did hurt the senators skater.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: October 30, 2011 9:18 pm

Wolski, Beauchemin won't face punishment for hits

Wolski should have been suspended for being lazy imo.    "bracing for impact"?   He looked like he put his elbow up pretty deliberately.   The puck was nowhere close and it looked like just a lazy elbow because a player was there.   No reason for contact and no reason for the elbow to be out and up.   Wolski should have been suspended.    Fisher was screwed by his buddy, Beauchemin timed his hit well, it seemed like incedental head contact was more appropriate in that case.   Beauchemin was down a little lower too, looked like he was trying to hit center of the body based on that angle and others.

Wolski should have been suspended for a needless and reckless hit, however minor, that's an easy one to chase out of the game and they should have gone for it.   More confusion

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