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No suspension for Brad Marchand

Posted on: February 16, 2012 4:31 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 4:41 pm
By: Adam Gretz

The NHL has decided Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand will not be suspended for a clipping incident that took place during Wednesday's game in Montreal.

This decision is probably a surprise to some given that Marchand was suspended five games for clipping Vancouver's Sami Salo earlier this season (to be exact, it was just last month). Same player, same type of play. Seems reasonable to expect some sort of supplemental discipline. But that's not going to be the case.

The NHL's Vice President of Player Safety, Brendan Shanahan, briefly addressed the play on Twitter Thursday afternoon and said, "Like all penalties on the ice, not all 'clips' rise to the level of supplemental discipline. This check by Marchand was delivered to the upper thigh/hip and not the knee area. We don't like it, but not SD."

"Not SD," of course, refers to no supplemental discipline.

Here is the play one more time in case you missed it the first time around:

It's fair to point out that this clip and the earlier play that did result in a suspension may not be exactly the same. But if there is going to be a criticism of the decision (and there is always a criticism of the league's decisions when it comes to disciplinary matters) it's that Shanahan admitted that the league didn't like it -- it, of course, being the hit. Coming from a player that was suspended for a similar play just one month ago.

If nothing else, that's going to bring up even more questions about consistency and NHL discipline. Seems like we've been down that road before.

Previously at Eye On Hockey

Marchand called for clipping
Marchand suspended 5 games for clipping
Marchand excused from Cup DVD filming  for drunkenness
More NHL Discipline news

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Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:57 am

No suspension for Brad Marchand

Glad I was wrong on this. The Bruins couldn't afford to lose him.

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:54 am

No suspension for Brad Marchand

Haters are gonna hate. Everyone is talking like Marchand is the only one in the league who pulls shit like this. All you people say on here Marchand will get his, Marchand will get it someday. No one will do a damn thing!

Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:45 am

No suspension for Brad Marchand

FUnny how all of you bitching about Marchand seem to forget about he leg check Gill gave to Peverley.... and he got hurt from it.. hmmm.. bias much?

Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:44 am

No suspension for Brad Marchand

I told ya so.. .this wasn't the knees it was hip... And I don't see him turtling like some of the other bitches out there... blah, blah, blah redwing...

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 11:10 pm

No suspension for Brad Marchand

Don't worry fellas, Marchand will get suspended again, it's just a matter of time.  The clown will eventually sit out 8 or 10 games and it won't be long before he's forced to sit for 20 or more... just wait and see, I'm almost 100 percent certain it's going to happen.

Marchand got lucky this time, that's all. By the grace of God his clip was probably only 6 inches away from a long suspension, he won't be so lucky next time.

This idiot is a perfect example of why the NHL needs to get rid of the instigator penalty and let the players take care of business when necessary.  In the old days a punk like Marchand wouldn't do stupid things like this so consistently, it just wouldn't happen.  An enforcer would approach him early in a game and force the little punk to either fight and get his ass kicked or turtle like a little bi*** and get laughed at by 15 or 20 thousand people.  Nobody likes getting pounded repeatedly in the face or embarassed..... 

But those days are gone so punks like Marchand get away with this crap every few games.  His day will come though..... 

Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:56 pm

No suspension for Brad Marchand

What a piece of trash/crap. The #1 cheap shot artist on a team built around 'em! What a goddamn disgrace this bushleague NHL has become to stoop to that slimy level of evident patronage! 

And the kicker is that drunken  retard has the balls to complain about Montreal's fans who where justifiably happy Euro Trash got some bad karma back, on the same ice he almost ended Pacioretty's career, by getting a puck to his ugly mug.

Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:24 pm

No suspension for Brad Marchand

He's a dirtbag. He talks smack about Montreal fans being classless yet he has no problem repeatedly taking out players below the knees. That is classless.

Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 8:32 pm

No suspension for Brad Marchand

it appears the NHL disciplinary board have made a rod for their own backs and certainly don't seem consistent with their decision making regarding displining players. IMO Marchand is very lucky to get away without further sanction, unless of course, the NHL don't want to be seen singling one particular player/ franchise out.

Since: Feb 14, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 7:57 pm

No suspension for Brad Marchand

Come on if he was a Flyer they would erect a statue of him in front of the arena !!

Since: Sep 24, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 7:43 pm

No suspension for Brad Marchand

Listened to the Canadian hockey station on Sirius radio today and they were astonished that Marchand, with his history and obvious intention, did not get suspended. They, too, felt it was NHL bending over backwards for the Bruins. Maybe that's what Marchand was celebrasting when he was too drunk for his team Stanley Cup picture.

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