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Blues' Chris Stewart suspended three games

Posted on: November 16, 2011 4:05 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2011 5:20 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

Chris Stewart of the St. Louis Blues was suspended three games for his boarding hit on Niklas Kronwall in Tuesday night's 2-1 Blues win.

Here is the video from Brendan Shanahan explaining the decision.

When the hit was made, everybody immediately jumped to the question of how many games? There didn't seem to be much if on the suspension question, just how much. Now we have our answer.

In Shanahan's explanation he notes the primary fact that Stewart saw Kronwall's number for some time before delivering the hit. Heading into the boards with a player on his back, Shanny said it was his belief that Kronwall was defenseless and it was then on Stewart to avoid or at least minimize the hit. Instead, he shoved Kronwall, resulting in a dangerous-looking colision with the wall.

"It's a situation that we accept and we move on with," Blues GM Doug Armstrong said in a statement. "But I just want to be 100 percent crystal clear that our support for the type of player Stewart is hasn't wavered. He's a very honest, hard player. This is a hockey play that went awry."

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock defended his player, explaining that Stewart was anticipating a reverse check from Kronwall on the play and that there was no intent for him to injure Kronwall. That's not how the sherriff saw it.

In an interesting twist, Kronwall actually took blame for the hit from Stewart. According to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free-Press, Kronwall absolved Stewart of blame on the play.

"I think it was more of an accidental thing than anything," Kronwall said after practice this afternoon at HP Pavilion. "I think everyone knows that he is not that kind of player. He is an honest, hardworking guy.

"I put myself a little bit in a bad spot. I think he was anticipating me doing something else. But it was bad, absolutely."

The other big points that Shanahan has taken into consideration in the past -- i.e. whether or not an injury resulted from the hit and any past record of the offender -- weren't even met in this case. Kronwall was OK after the hit and Stewart has nothing to speak of in his past to qualify him as a repeat offender. Yet he still received three games.

Imagine if Stewart did have any priors on his resume or if Kronwall were hit from the check. We could have been looking at more than five games for this same act. The call for three games is right where I thought it'd be. It was a bad hit from start to finish and not even a clean record was going to save Stewart here.

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Comments

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 3:57 pm
 

Blues' Chris Stewart suspended three games

 As soon as he served his 2:00 penalty, someone should have dropped the gloves and try to send a message. Instead the "go ahead and run our goalie" message was sent. I would bet the two "scrubs" you call out here would have both went after Lucic, without hesitation.

I don't think Buffalo had anybody on the ice at that time that could have sent a message.  Lucic is a pretty big and tough kid, I think he would have beaten on somebody pretty good if they would have gotten brave with him.  

BUT... I miss the old NHL days when the instigator penalty didn't exist.  Back in the day a tough guy from the team he did something stupid like that against would have forced him to answer the bell either a little later in the game or the next time they play.  Right now there are so few goons/fighters in the NHL there are very few consequences for a tough kid like Milan.....

Do that against Detroit back in the day and Probert forced you into a fight the first chance he got. Whether it was that day or another, you had to pay the penalty.  And there were plenty of players back then that could have and would have given Milan Lucic everything he could handle and more... actually there were plenty of players that could have laid him out in a fight back then.  No penalty for instigating a fight, no 10 automatic 10 minute misconducts or game misconducts... just a good old fashioned hockey fight.

But those days are gone... the Sabres did good to do nothing because nobody on the ice had a chance against him that day.....  



Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 11:50 am
 

Blues' Chris Stewart suspended three games

MGD, I'm sure Miller would jump at the chance to have the "scrub" of Kronwall defending in front of him. I don't agree with the lack of discipline against the hit on Miller. I'm still confused on how no one, on the Buffalo team, did anything to defend their goalie. As soon as he served his 2:00 penalty, someone should have dropped the gloves and try to send a message. Instead the "go ahead and run our goalie" message was sent. I would bet the two "scrubs" you call out here would have both went after Lucic, without hesitation.



Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:58 am
 

Blues' Chris Stewart suspended three games

3 game suspension is pretty harsh for a first time offender. The fact that Kronwall had his back should say something. Hockey is a very fast paced sport, sure he could see his numbers, but he could also see Kronwall leaning toward him, looked like an attempt at a reverse check the first time I saw it. When it is slowed down, you can see that Kronwall actually is bracing for impact, but at full speed, it looks alot different. Should have gotten a warning, not a suspension, much less 3 games. Stewart is not a dirty player, and this was a hockey play that went sour, that is all. I am just glad Kronwall is not hurt.



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 3:10 am
 

Blues' Chris Stewart suspended three games

I sure am glad someone else shares my view on this MGD716.

I mean.....  When I think "scrubs" I think winning World championship, and Olympic Gold in the same year.(2006)  I think winning the Stanley Cup in 2008.  Some people will try and make everyone bealive that being a member of the Triple Gold Club is actually difficult or something.  Lucky for us we know the truth eh good buddy.  These guy's don't even deserve to watch a game with Miller in it.  Much less actually play in one with him.  They should have to kiss Miller's skates to have the sublime privilege to see a god such as him in person.  I mean compared to Miller these scrubs haven't accomplished anything.  Look at all Miller has accomplished!!!!!!!!  In 2010 he was the Vezina and he has also uh... hold on still looking.  YEAH!!!!  Go Miller!!!!  Better yet these guys should lick his skates before they are allowed to play on his ice!.  Thanks for helping me keep these "scrubs"  who actually think they have hockey career's down where they belong good buddy MGD716.



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2011 10:21 pm
 

Blues' Chris Stewart suspended three games

"Scrubs" is stretching it a bit.  Both players far more important to their teams than "scrubs" typically are.

Credit and kudos to Kronwall.  I take my shots at the Red Wings.....always have, always will Tongue out ......but Kronwall showed some class with his response to the hit. 





Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2011 9:07 pm
 

Blues' Chris Stewart suspended three games

I'm glad some scrub got suspended for a hard hit on another scrub...3 games.  But Miller gets his head taken off on a high, blatant, full speed elbow from Lucic and it's okay.  You know, Milan was smirking and smiling all the way to the box as Miller laid on the ice concussed, but that's okay.  He's on one of the blessed teams, and just had to tell Shanny he didn't mean it.  That's all.  What a joke.  Apparently Stewart didn't have the "in" that Lucic did.  What a joke - pathetic.

I know Buffalo fans these days are new to hockey so outside of Buffalo players, they really don't know much about anybody else. Kronwall on the Wings is the furthest thing from a "scrub".  He would easily be a top 4 dman on the Sabres.. if not even better then that.  

As for Milan's hit on Miller, it was definitly dirty.  Not an elbow though, not at all. I watched it about 10 times in a row earlier today, kept hitting re-wind ( and laughing) because Lindy Ruff was a thug on the ice and he's still a thug as a coach. 



Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 7:44 pm
 

Blues' Chris Stewart suspended three games

I'm glad some scrub got suspended for a hard hit on another scrub...3 games.  But Miller gets his head taken off on a high, blatant, full speed elbow from Lucic and it's okay.  You know, Milan was smirking and smiling all the way to the box as Miller laid on the ice concussed, but that's okay.  He's on one of the blessed teams, and just had to tell Shanny he didn't mean it.  That's all.  What a joke.  Apparently Stewart didn't have the "in" that Lucic did.  What a joke - pathetic.



Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2011 5:41 pm
 

Blues' Chris Stewart suspended three games

Ugly hit. I don't think that a suspension is unwarranted, but when the recipient of the check makes a public statement absolving the player making the hit, I don't know that a 3 game suspension is fair.

NHL will need to do something soon to streamline their suspension system. The inconsistency threatens the integrity of the game.


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