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#1 Jake

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 02:16 PM

http://njmg.typepad....-tow-games.html

I'm sure it wasn't intentional, but the league needed to address the hit.

Edited by Jake, 22 November 2008 - 02:17 PM.

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 02:19 PM

Out of all the intentional, intent to injure hits that are overlooked, they pick an accidental elbow as the one to make an example of.

I'm sure it wasn't intentional, but the league needed to address the hit.

It was so accidental that a fine would have been sufficient.
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Posted 22 November 2008 - 02:20 PM

to me it's bs. i was in 233 and i felt that hit up there. lol
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Posted 22 November 2008 - 02:22 PM

It's fair. It wasn't intent to injure however ever Mottau did stick is arm out after not being able to get a clean hit.
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Posted 22 November 2008 - 02:25 PM

It's tough for me to say whether this is fair or not. If the league is truly going to be serious and give accidental elbows from non-dirty players a suspension for any head hit then this is ok but the league also better give severe penalties to dirty players that do this as well. I also better not see a double standard of some plays getting suspensions and some not. It's hard to decide if it's fair right now since it's only a recent shift in the leagues home office to really go after the hits to the head so there isn't a lot of history to go on under the new philosophy.
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Posted 22 November 2008 - 02:28 PM

So no Mottau or Madden on Sunday, and no Mottau at least on Wednesday...

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 02:30 PM

So no Mottau or Madden on Sunday, and no Mottau at least on Wednesday...

Martin-Salvador
White-Oduya
Salmela-Brookbank, I guess?

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The Devils won't do it but it'd be interested to give Eckford a game or two cup of tea, heck you could even go 7 defenseman and only play him limited minutes. I think it's good for prospects to get a little exposure to the NHL to understand the speed they need to get their game up to.
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Posted 22 November 2008 - 02:34 PM

It's fair, that was a dumb hit.
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Posted 22 November 2008 - 02:38 PM

Seriously... Why not Eckford? Its not like we're trying to forge chemistry because all of the injuries, nor do we absolutely need a win (as opposed to be in a 3 game losing streak).

When Rolston and Holik return, it bumps the depth chart and then we'd be cutting players who have no business being benched just to give ice time. So, no better time than now to give true mid-season NHL experience. Especially if your playing Brookbank on D, who can move up to the forward role later on, etc...
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Posted 22 November 2008 - 02:42 PM

Great. Terrific. didn't deserve a suspension. Just a fine.

Time to finally bring up Matt Corrente for the next two games.
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Posted 22 November 2008 - 02:42 PM

brookbank will shift to D - PL3, Davis, or Bergfors will come back up.
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Posted 22 November 2008 - 02:44 PM

Did Doug Weight get suspended for his hit on Brandon Sutter?
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Posted 22 November 2008 - 02:48 PM

Did Doug Weight get suspended for his hit on Brandon Sutter?


Doug Weight hit Sutter with the shoulder. Mottau hit Nielson with the elbow. You can't compare the 2.
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Posted 22 November 2008 - 03:06 PM

Does anyone have a video of the hit? They wouldn't replay it at the arena.
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Posted 22 November 2008 - 03:06 PM

Great another knee-jerk overreaction to a hit that was not THAT bad...it annoys me when a penalty is based on the level of injury on the victim when it should be more about the INTENT of the play....

gotta love the No Hitting League!!!
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Posted 22 November 2008 - 03:17 PM

Heres the hit:


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Posted 22 November 2008 - 03:22 PM

He hurt his leg hurt more than anyhting. I'm fine with the suspension, Mottau shouldn't have thrown it once he realized he wasn't going to hit him with the shoulder.
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Posted 22 November 2008 - 03:51 PM

I have no problem with the suspension (other than the fact that it leaves us shorthanded on the blue line). Sure, Mottau didn't line him up with the intent to hurt him, but he DID go up high and he WAS extremely dangerous. He deserved a suspension.

If this happened to a Devil, I have a feeling that a lot of folks around here would be upset than the culprit got only two games.
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Posted 22 November 2008 - 03:52 PM

He hurt his leg hurt more than anyhting. I'm fine with the suspension, Mottau shouldn't have thrown it once he realized he wasn't going to hit him with the shoulder.


Exactly. He knew he was going to miss with the shoulder. He knew he was going to look stupid hitting air and the guy dancing around him. So instead he made a dirty hit.

He made a dumb hit. It was a dirty hit. And I think 2 games is about right.

As for the No Hitting League, maybe we should just let all dirty illegal hits go unpunished. That will make the league so much better. It's already thought of as the Neanderthal Headhunting League in most quarters so why not go all the way?
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Posted 22 November 2008 - 03:54 PM

Great another knee-jerk overreaction to a hit that was not THAT bad...it annoys me when a penalty is based on the level of injury on the victim when it should be more about the INTENT of the play....

gotta love the No Hitting League!!!



Yeah an elbow to the neck isnt that bad! Suck it up, its hockey! How dare they suspend one of our players for trying to clothesline another player! Dont they know that this is the toughest sport in the world?
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