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Video: Mike Green elbows Brett Connolly in head

Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:01 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2012 12:28 am
 
By: Adam Gretz

There haven't been many suspensions in the NHL over the past couple of months, but Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green may have given Brendan Shanahan a reason to fire up another one of his (now rare) disciplinary videos.

Late in the second period of Thursday's game against Tampa Bay, a pretty important game in the Eastern Conference playoff race, Green delivered an elbow to the head of Lightning forward Brett Connolly (as he was being held up by Dmitry Orlov), dropping him to the ice.



There was no penalty called on the play, but Green has been suspended previously in his NHL career, missing three games for elbowing Michael Frolik in the head last season.

After the game Connolly said that it was a hockey play by Green and that he put himself in a bad position. Lightning coach Guy Boucher, however, said that he feels the NHL needs to look at it.

"The league has to look at that. It's right at the head, the head's targeted. For me it's clear.

"The ref didn't see it. But you know, the refs are on the ice, they can't see everything. It happens so fast there's people beside them so I don't blame the refs. To me it could have been a five [minute major] and the head was targeted, it's clear. We just watched it on the video."

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Comments

Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: March 11, 2012 8:56 am
 

Video: Mike Green elbows Brett Connolly in head

Not smart by Green at all. I hate seeing crap like that. There's a right way to do things...imo that was cheap and cowardly, appeared that way anyway to me.

I have to admit, a rare thought popped into my head. Maybe there is a bounty problem in the NHL like there is with the Saints in the NFL.  Sometimes I see plays that that are so out of control, or just plain insane, make me wonder just what the heck is going on out there.

 (I know, quit thinking Will)



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2012 5:08 pm
 

Video: Mike Green elbows Brett Connolly in head

Gutless shot.  It's simple to me: if a player delivers an illegal headshot and it causes a concussion you are out as long as your victim is.  Period.

It was gutless and an illegal headshot and in my opinion yes, he should have been suspended.  BUT, you can't suspend players for as long as the victim of a hit is out.  As somebody else already pointed out corruption would kick in ,,,, and quickly.  Teams would keep players out just so a star player on another team is suspended for a longer period of time.   Another reason your suggestion doesn't work is you are rewarding a player that gets lucky and punishing another that commits the same offence for not getting so lucky.  An injury shouldn't even be a factor when determining a suspension and intent shouldn't matter either.  Only 2 factors should be considered.  One, the act itself.... accidental or not it counts and that's it.  And two, is it a repeat offender and how many times have they been fined or suspended.   Nothing else should matter. 



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2012 8:49 am
 

Video: Mike Green elbows Brett Connolly in head

As much as I would like to trash on Mike Green, I don't see this one as particularly agregious.  He could get a suspension as it was an initial contact to the head, but I would see this one falling into the monetary penalty arena if anything.  Although, I have yet to figure out what is and isn't a suspension for Shanahan.

It's simple to me: if a player delivers an illegal headshot and it causes a concussion you are out as long as your victim is.  Period.
While this sounds good in theory, in practice it leaves some gamesmanship for the team.  Let me give you an example... mid-March game, Malkin hits a nobody injury call up for the Rangers who is concussed.  That player could be encouraged to "still have symptoms" through the entire playoff.  Makes the playoffs potentially a lot easier for the Rangers and gets the call-up NHL money for two months. 
I don't agree with the randomness of the suspensions, but I do agree with someone determining the suspension rather than it being up to the offended team.

(Also,if I still haven't convinced you your idea is a bad idea - why would you limit it to concussions - why wouldn't any injury result in an indeterminate suspension?  And if you do that wouldn't the players just go to ice dancing with sticks and no contact?  Is that what you want?)



Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2012 1:59 am
 

Video: Mike Green elbows Brett Connolly in head

Gutless shot.  It's simple to me: if a player delivers an illegal headshot and it causes a concussion you are out as long as your victim is.  Period.



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:07 am
 

Video: Mike Green elbows Brett Connolly in head

Looks suspension-worthy to me, but since there's no clear consensus in the NHL as to what constitutes a dangerous, suspendable hit, virtually any disciplinary action (or lack thereof) could result.  Knowing Shanahan, he'll say that since Mike Green is generally a wussy who is usually on the receiving end of dirty hits, that nothing will happen.



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:32 pm
 

Video: Mike Green elbows Brett Connolly in head

That was garbage by Green, Connolly was already just about out of the play, Green ran him, showed no intention of playing the puck.

The kid should be playing in Norfolk right now anyway, shouldn't be up.


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