As fun as it is to see Brad Marchand suffer in just about any way, it was very obvious that Brandon Prust’s method of making it happen wasn’t the most ideal. At the end of the day, you shouldn’t be using your stick as a weapon in any way, especially when you’re aimed at tender areas.
The National Hockey League’s agreed with the sentiment today, and fined Prust $5000 for the action. From the Department of Player Safety:
NEW YORK – Vancouver Canucks forward Brandon Prust has been fined $5,000 for spearing Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand during NHL Game No. 396 in Vancouver on Saturday, Dec. 5, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.The incident occurred at 18:00 of the third period. Prust was assessed a 10-minute misconduct penalty.The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Prust is lucky to get away with just a fine on the play; one shouldn’t have expected a long suspension, but a game or two of supplementary discipline wouldn’t have been completely unfair. The fine amounts to roughly 0.25% of his annual salary. With that said, it may amount to a little more if the league takes offence to this:
Prust on fine: “best money I ever spent. #Canucks
— Brad Ziemer (@BradZiemer) December 6, 2015
I’m anti-spear, but I’m certainly not anti this quote. It’s my favourite thing, actually; as I implied earlier, Marchand hatred should be Canada’s third national sport. Prust is eligible to play against Buffalo tomorrow.