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#1 haroldsnepsts

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 06:48 PM

Here's Ruutu's hit on Erat. Looks like pretty much nothing and is a little surprising Erat went down.


While I don't really mind Ruutu getting suspended because I'm sure he's done something to deserve it this year, getting it for this hit is a joke.

As a reminder, in Colin Campbell's eyes, Ruutu's hit warrants the same suspension as this:


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Posted 21 April 2011 - 06:54 PM

Uhhh...

Seriously? I can't see a single thing wrong with that hit except Erat selling it Ribeiro style.

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 07:02 PM

As much as I dislike Ruutu I really can't see how that's even a penalty. Looks like a good hit to me. Frankly I don't know how Erat went down like that, either he got especially unlucky with the way that landed or he was busting out some ballerina moves to draw the penalty.

As for the suspension... Ruutu is a well-known pest / dirty player while Kunitz isn't exactly high on the Pens goon list, so that probably plays a part. It is silly though, the Kunitz elbow was a cowardly attempt to injure and if Gagne had pulled a Shakespeare performance on it it would've been more than one game. I despise this soccer mentality of embellishing everything in order to get an edge that's creeping in lately.

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 07:04 PM

Uhhh...

Seriously? I can't see a single thing wrong with that hit except Erat selling it Ribeiro style.

He didn't come back for the rest of the game, so the injury was apparently real. I can't really tell what from though, other than one of those fluky hits.

Personally I don't even know that it warranted the interference penalty. It was maybe a little late? But seems like within reason and the kind of hit that happens a lot in any given game.

Edited by haroldsnepsts, 21 April 2011 - 07:05 PM.


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Posted 21 April 2011 - 07:12 PM

Erat didn't sell it, he never made it back to the game and in other replays and sort of this one, he does target the head. One game suspension is fine, anything more I wouldn't have liked it.

Plus, this hit was well after the pass (interference was the penalty), it reminds me of the hit on Hudler a couple playoffs ago. And Ruutu is a repeat offender as well.

Sidenote: Erat isn't playing tonight due to the hit.

If he didn't get suspended, i would have been ok with it and this one game suspension is ok by me also. I like the objectivity in the title, though Posted Image
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Posted 21 April 2011 - 07:23 PM

By the book it was a blindside hit to the head. It wasn't nearly as vicious as the posterboy hits to the head we've seen in the past, but the league was being serious about eliminating head contact and that's what this is about.

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 07:25 PM

Bad suspension. I know who it is, and I know his history, but this is a case example of nitpicking hits. Not a blindside hit, not a head shot, not any of the other bulls*** NFL rules. f*** off with the ticky tack s***.

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 07:26 PM

Erat didn't sell it, he never made it back to the game and in other replays and sort of this one, he does target the head. One game suspension is fine, anything more I wouldn't have liked it.

Plus, this hit was well after the pass (interference was the penalty), it reminds me of the hit on Hudler a couple playoffs ago. And Ruutu is a repeat offender as well.

Sidenote: Erat isn't playing tonight due to the hit.

If he didn't get suspended, i would have been ok with it and this one game suspension is ok by me also. I like the objectivity in the title, though Posted Image

It was a little late, maybe, but hardly "well after the pass." Guys over on hfboards (and Bob McKenzie) have timed it out saying it was about .8 seconds after he makes the pass. The NHL standard is apparently half a second.

He got two for interference, that was enough. I think Ruutu is a gutless puke, but I don't see any evidence in that replay how that's targeting the head.

As for your sarcastic comment about the objectivity of the title, this is an internet fan forum, not a newspaper. We're all stating our opinions here. I stated mine in the title.

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 07:49 PM

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 09:04 PM

It was a little late, maybe, but hardly "well after the pass." Guys over on hfboards (and Bob McKenzie) have timed it out saying it was about .8 seconds after he makes the pass. The NHL standard is apparently half a second.

He got two for interference, that was enough. I think Ruutu is a gutless puke, but I don't see any evidence in that replay how that's targeting the head.

As for your sarcastic comment about the objectivity of the title, this is an internet fan forum, not a newspaper. We're all stating our opinions here. I stated mine in the title.


What was the reason for the suspension? For blindside or head hit or injurying a player on an interference. I know there is some rule if you injury a guy on some call (boarding, interference, high stick?) it's an auto one gamer.

I say well after because he made the pass and it seemed a lot of time (.5 or .8, doesn't matter, just by the look of it it looked like more time than normal) went by before the hit. It's a hit that didn't need to be made and it looked high enough to me, looked like it was to the head.
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Posted 21 April 2011 - 09:04 PM

kunitz shoulda gotten a longer suspension like 3 games.

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 09:07 PM

kunitz shoulda gotten a longer suspension like 3 games.


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Posted 21 April 2011 - 09:33 PM

kunitz shoulda gotten a longer suspension like 3 games.

For what reason should Kunitz get more than what Heatley got?

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 09:41 PM

For what reason should Kunitz get more than what Heatley got?

Because that would make perfect sense with the way the NHL does things.

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Posted 21 April 2011 - 10:19 PM

For what reason should Kunitz get more than what Heatley got?

They both should've gotten more.

Heatley was a bad precedent used for Kunitz's elbow. It's a total non-hockey play and should be suspended severely.

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 01:02 AM

Close call. Anything more would've been over the top, in my opinion. It wasn't as vicious as we've seen. I've got no real strong opinion on this one.
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Posted 22 April 2011 - 01:24 AM

Rightly or wrongly, under the new blindside hits to the head rule, this should really be a suspension. The problem is with how inconsistent that new rule seems to be.

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 02:52 AM

yeah, it seemed a little late, but not dirty or blindside. elbows were down, didn't leave his feet, etc.

ruutu's history + injury + "crackdown" = suspension, i guess. seems a little weak. i'd be pissed if i were a ducks fan.


that being said, i hate the ducks, so f*** 'em. ;)
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Posted 22 April 2011 - 03:13 AM

and tsn is glorifying the suspension, you were warned
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Posted 22 April 2011 - 03:56 AM

Where is that suspension chart i saw on here... once it was gold...

nvm i found it...

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