On Rebukes, Hip-Checks and Playing to Injure

Thomas Drance
January 10 2012 09:34AM

I spent much of Monday on twitter pointing out why it's impossible to look at Marchand's "low-bridge" hit on Salo in the context of other hip-checks (as Bruins fans, and Boston media were desperately trying to do). In my view Marchand's was a uniquely predatory hit, with it's own particular context, and we certainly didn't see anything like it in last years playoffs. I thought Harrison Mooney nailed it on Sunday, and I personally saw the two punches to the head of Sami Salo prior to Marchand's submarining as indicative of intent. I'm usually reluctant to ascribe injurious intent to players on hits if there isn't tangible evidence (like multiple cheap-shots five seconds prior to the hit) to support it. In this case, I thought it was pretty clear cut.

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Game #43 Preview - A Shadow of their Former Selves

Cam Davie
January 09 2012 11:19AM


Here is a shot of the Canucks last game in Florida. Kesler is clearly trying to skate-stomp the ankle of
fellow American (and now current teammate) David Booth.
Oh and look, there's Steve Bernier struggling to breathe while skating.
(Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

Game Day Recon: Game #43 - Canucks @ Panthers

They survived "The Re-match" with most of their soldiers coming out alive from the Battle of Beantown. They lost two good men, but their losses will not be in vain, as the 2012th regiment of the Canucks continue to fight the war as they travel down the Eastern seaboard to battle the ... Florida Panthers (?!?!).

Ok, it's not that dramatic. The Canucks face the Panthers tonight, or as we like to call them here in Vancouver... the Florida "Former and Future Canucks".

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Nation Radio - January 7, 2012

NationRadio
January 09 2012 10:34AM

 

Nation Radio's first show of 2012 is top notch. We leave the WJHC behind and get back to the business of talking NHL players and prospects. We get some in-depth Leafs updates courtesy JP NIkota and James Mirtle as well as some Flames talk (eyeroll) with Kent Wilson.

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Why the NHLPA's Rejection of Realignment is Bad News for the Canucks

Thomas Drance
January 09 2012 09:25AM


Donald Fehr Executive Director of the NHLPA, who on Friday rejected the NHL's proposed realignment.
It's a safe bet that the Canucks organization is particularly unhappy about it.

When Donald Fehr and the NHLPA rejected the NHL's popular realignment plan, scrapping the plan at least for next hockey season, the Canucks cannot have been pleased. From my perspective as a Canucks fan, I'm disappointed. I was looking forward to seeing the Wild shipped out of the division, and to the Canucks playing in the same conference as their burgeoning rivals in California.

From my perspective as a hockey fan, however, it's nice to see the NHLPA show some back-bone and with CBA negotiations being right around the corner, it makes sense for the union to secure every available bargaining chip in advance. Nonetheless, the Canucks are clearly among the league's biggest losers in the wake of the NHLPA rejection. Let's take a look at why:

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When a hip check is not a hip check

Patrick Johnston
January 08 2012 04:38PM

Brad Marchand's hit on Sami Salo is a clear cut case for Brendan Shanahan. Marchand, as has been discussed, was called for violating rule 44.1.

First of all, let's have a look at a couple of examples that have been brought up as counter-evidence: the Hamhuis hit on Lucic in the Final and the Ballard hit on McGinn in the Conference Final. Both are similar hits, but both differ from the Marchand-on-Salo hit in two key ways: point of contact and (perhaps most importantly) player expectation.

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