Brandon Prust Upset With Department of Player Safety

When Roberto Luongo left this team via trade, one couldn’t help but wonder who would be picking up the Twitter slack. As irony would have it, understudy and presumptive goalie of the future, Eddie Lack, did his best to carry the weight, before being traded to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Since then the slack has been picked up primarily by Brandon Prust. The scrappy winger has been every bit the enforcer off the ice, as he’s been on. First, Prust took Bobby Farnham to task for his gratuitous celebration after fighting Jake Virtanen.

Next on Prust’s hit-list is the Department of Player Safety.

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The conversation is centered around a hit thrown by Brayden McNabb in the first period of yesterday’s game between the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks captain, Henrik Sedin, was caught with his head down trying to reel in a puck along the boards, before being served a McNabb elbow to the head for his troubles. 

As a show of penance for the suicide pass that set the stage for this hit, Alex Biega took McNabb to task and jumped the Kings defender. It’s a weird play in and of itself, given that the Canucks lineup has considerably more fighters than your average group. You need players like Brandon Prust to keep players like Brandon Prust from taking this kind of liberty with your stars and all.

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McNabb was awarded a two minute minor for roughing on the play, while Biega was assessed an extra roughing penalty and served a grand total of four minutes in the box. Perhaps unsatisfied with the price paid, Prust went ahead and fought McNabb much later in the game, with the score well out of reach. Sending a message and so on.

Frankly, I always err on the side of caution where player discipline is concerned, so I find myself agreeing with Prust on the matter at hand. There’s ample evidence to suggest that Sedin’s head was the primary point of contact, if not the primary target to begin with. There’s also a case to be made that McNabb is making a blindside hit, which is exactly the type of play the league has been trying to do away with for some time.



  • Canuck4Life20

    I can’t agree with Prust – part of a joke is subverting an expectation. This kind of play going unpunished is all too familiar by now.

    What a f**king sham.

  • Canuck4Life20

    We all know the routine by now. I said last night that I would be surprised if we even heard anything about this from the NHL and I was right. It doesn’t take a genius to figure this out, just someone who’s been paying attention for the last 5 years.

  • Canuck4Life20

    Ridiculous comments…

    Sedins have been getting bashed around for years and all they do is the Swede thing and demur ! AV had to stand up, Prust is saying something. Why is that a big deal?
    The Twins have played almost every game in their careers. They get cross checked, punched in the face , over and over and over, but never get a call… Get my drift?
    Glad someone is saying/doing something. An injured, let’s say… Crosby, Stamkos, Toews… Even P.Kane! Something would happen, but a quiet 35yr old Captain that is top 10 in scoring gets run?

    These days you can’t retaliate or 5 minute major , you might get a suspension or fine also…. So Twitter is the way to go! Good on you Prusty

  • Canuck4Life20

    They saw its a Sedin who got hit and thought, ‘wait, it’s a Sedin, Probably not worth calling.’ McNabb also left his feet for the hit… For those who care, aka not Player Safety Department. But they’d protect a rapist like Patrick Kane, so yes, a #joke is right.

  • BuffaloBillsOfHockey

    Good to know that a player can jump off the ice and hit an opponent with a blindside elbow to the head and not be punished.

    League needs a multi billion concussion lawsuit before it gets serious about getting rid of head shots. Until then it is a ‘professional’ sports league in name only.

  • Canuck4Life20

    Prust is upset about his fine for spearing Marchand. Unfortunately, unlike Marchand, Henrik didn’t collapse on the ice and stay down (only to get up smirking about it; funny Marchand wasn’t penalized for embellishing). That would have at least drawn a penalty.

    • Canuck4Life20

      It will be interesting to see what Marchand gets for his low-bridge hit last night. He already got 5 games for doing this to Salo but the NHL has set a phone hearing meaning he can get no more than that this time. My guess is that they will find a way to justify giving him an even lighter suspension this time and he won’t get anything for the spear later in the game.

      • Canuck4Life20

        The NHL DoPS works in mysterious ways. See my guess is that the low bridge on Salo happened “too long ago” to be considered for Marchand’s latest BS. But maybe of more concern, that hit went unpenalized! As to the elbow to Sedin, it may have cost the team a 5 minute or even a 2 minute penalty, but I’m glad Sedin didn’t flail about in mortal agony ala Marchand. It’s called integrity. But getting back to the low bridge and the spear….2 offenses like that IN THE SAME GAME and he gets a phone hearing?

  • Reid755

    Maybe the Canucks could “retaliate” the old fashioned way, i.e. do the same to one of their star players like Kopitar of Doughty? Not that I condone that type of stuff but if the DOPS isn’t going to properly deal with issues such as this then maybe it has to be dealt with by the players on the ice?

    • Cageyvet

      That’s exactly what happens at the lower levels of hockey, the refs let it get out of hand so players enforce it in ugly ways. It’s good that the pros generally have too much respect for each other these days to see a lot of that, but I echo your comments. While I don’t condone goon hockey, a little fighting of fire with fire seems to be what the refs are setting up for. Bad enough to be subjected to the Tampa Bay debacle of ticky tack penalties and non calls, this was worse and I love Biega jumping him after the hit. Seems like turning the other cheek gets you nowhere, might as well make the trip to the box worthwhile. This team would do well to add some nasty to the youth movement, the NHL has proven their discipline is a joke.

      • Ca-nuckle head

        They are getting some nasty in their youth movement. Both Pedan and Virtanen like to throw the body. A couple of seasons from now when they are hopefully both established players be interesting to see what happens then in a similar scenario. I love Biega jumping in too. Was out sized but wasn’t going to stand there and watch it happen without a reaction.

  • Ca-nuckle head

    Loved Biega jumping up in weight class like that, the dude is a keeper even when guys get healthy…sorry Utica, we’re keeping your Captain.

    Team toughness is way too often misconstrued as having useless plugs/face punchers like Prust/Dorsett wasting roster spots, hopeful that they’ll get a shot at the transgressor before the game is over.

    Team toughness should be Biega, being the first man on the scene, making McNabb atone for his action. Or if we take it back to 2011, having a Canuck in the immediate area pulling Marchand off Henrik and making Brad eat some punches of his own…

  • BuffaloBillsOfHockey

    The Second will only get respect after retirement. My personal favorite? “That’s not a real tooth!”. Sure, its a fake tooth, but its still supposed to be inside my mouth!