Shea Weber has been fined $2,500.00 for trying to crush Henrik Zetterberg's head in one of the more disgusting plays we've seen a very long time.
Apparently, play-off time is open season on Henrik Zetterberg. You can jump him, smash his face into the glass...and nothing bad will happen to you.
Wow...a whole $2,500 fine? That's one less ivory back scratcher that Shea Weber can have.
More after the jump.
Here's what the Shana-Hammer had to say to try and justify this:
"This was a reckless and reactionary play on which Weber threw a glancing punch and then shoved Zetterberg's head into the glass. As is customary whenever Supplemental Discipline is being considered, we contacted Detroit following the game and were informed that Zetterberg did not suffer an apparent injury and should be in the lineup for Game 2. This play and the fine that addressed it will be significant factors in assessing any incidents involving Shea Weber throughout the remainder of the playoffs." --Brendan Shanahan.
We've seen guys get far worse punishment for incidental hits. But when a goliath like Shea Weber purposefully and maliciously grabs another player's head and smashes it into the glass...he gets a fine?
Yes, Zetterberg is fine...but not for lack of trying by Shea Weber.
I don't get it, Brendan...I don't understand the world anymore.
Break out the tin foil hats, peeps. It's on now.
I don't understand why people didn't see this non-suspension coming. Shannahan simply followed the rules of the NHL suspension flow chart. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150724265301702&set=a.68651281701.71239.6048971701&type=1&theater
Something that I find disturbing in Shanny's statement: "Zetterberg did not suffer an apparent injury." Closed head and brain injuries are not immediately apparent.
And ahoy to the Grand Haven-ites. I'm originally from Montague, now living in Kalamazoo. In fact, I was in GH last night.
The fine signals that the NHL wasn't happy with Weber; the lack of suspension signals that because of the player, the team, the circumstances and the lack of injury, what was a clear-as-day suspension-worthy play for any number of NHL players isn't one for Shea Weber.
Horseshit NHL. You cannot have it both ways. It's just like the officiating at games; it has to be impartial and just. Intent to injure, or cause serious bodily harm, has been established in this case, but there was no injury. The player got a minor fine and that is that. If this is true then I believe that you should go back through your incident log and repay all players that you suspended or fined, that had no intent to injure, but accidental injury occurred. We all know, as it has been previously said, in order to convict someone of a crime in the criminal justice system you need intent and evidence. I'm not claiming that the criminal justice system should be at play here, but where do the lines cross? If a player chased down another with an ice skate in hand, slashing at the other players throat without success, would he receive the same minor fine? How about a player who savagely beats the shit out of another player with his stick while he is on the ice, however no damage is really done because of being all padded up? Minor fine there as well? It doesn't make any damn sense, and nothing you say can make it make sense. Clear favoritism is being shown, as well as corrupt politics, and I for one get enough of that in my work place. Besides my admiration for the sport, I watch hockey to take me out of the daily grind, not see more of it. I don't expect my team to win all the time, and I don't expect sunshine and rainbows, but God damn it, I definitely don't expect what I saw Wednesday, and I don't think many of us are willing to stand for it much longer.
Shanahan is just a joke puppet of the league now. There is no justice or fairness. I thought things might be different with someone who used to hate bettman almost as much as chelios, but apparently he is a mere pawn. Go fuck yourself Shanahan, your department is a joke. Player safety my ass, its about tv ratings.
Well this is what @ notpaveldatsyuk is doing.
"I am counting out 2,500 dollar bill right now. Plan to tape brick to end of my hockey stick for tomorrow."
2 games for this accidental head contact last night. absolutely ridiculous.
The league has now lost control of this series. There is no telling what will happen for the rest of the series. Pay backs will happen. The chances of injury to players in this series has gone up now, simply because the lack of punishment.
It is inexcusable for the Wings to lose this series now. Fuck the no suspension. It is the teams duty to suspend the entire Nashville team from rounds 2,3, and 4. It is the way it should be done by a team such as the Redwings. Off with their heads!
Problem with rulings like this is that he put the onus for avenging this hit on the Red Wings (since the league didn't do it). Now someone on Detroit has to do something crazy to make this "right." Then, that play will end up in a suspension. Then, the cycle will repeat. Why not stop it right now? Why not prevent the victims from ending up getting punished for doing your job? Why, Shanny, why??
Shanny can still redeem himself and if anything like this happens again then Weber has a permanent track record..... I do not like it, but he may still slam Weber with a stiff sentence should it happen again. I am definitely fired up and hope to see some bad blood between these teams now. Colorado 2.0..... one can hope.
@Red_Wings-Devilmasta I don't hope for Colorado 2.0. We don't have anyone who can reasonably defend us anymore (McCarty, Kocur, etc.) against a group of giant thugs like Nashville is. That will only result in lots of Weber-Zetterberg moments that will enrage us.
This is just pitiful. Shanahan, I really hope you find a new job soon because all this ruling ended up being was a classic case of "Im trying to show that Im impartial to my old team, and therefore I am doing the bare minimum so that I wont be criticized by the league."
We all know that Shanahan (back in the day when he wore the red sweater with pride) would have pummeled anyone who purposely tried to injure one of his teammates. We have SEEN him do it! Maybe little Gary has his hands tied on this one and is pulling the strings, I dunno. All I do know is this makes me sick and it crap like this is now customary for teams to do when they play the Wings in the playoffs. Opposing teams know they will get away with cheap shots on the Wings because the league is tired of us being in the limelight. The Coyotes and the Sharks have been culprits the past 2 years, now we gotta go thru with it vs. the Preds.
Disgusting. So sick of Bettman era NHL.
By chance were you a member at Buckeye Planet and LGW?
Nope. Just NOHS! Where in CBus do you watch your Wings games at? When I went to OSU my friends and I would watch at Little Bar all the time. Been off campus for a couple years now and Id like to find a place to setup a Wings stronghold.
@Buckeye_Wings_Fan I've been watching at home because I'm way too nervous to be watching infront of random bar people. The Thirsty Scholar used to show games and I've been to Little Bar no shortage of times in my life but never for Wings games.
You would be arrested for assault and thrown in jail if you did that to someone walking down the street. I'm not saying, but I'm saying...
Bill Roose at the Wings blog "The Wheel Deal" just tweeted this: "Henrik Zetterberg said that Shea Weber hit that he absorbed at the end of Game 1 left the #RedWings center's helmet cracked in three spots." Probably only pure luck that Z wasn't injured. And a token fine with no suspension...for shame, Shanny. For shame.
I don't comment very often, but I'm a long time subscriber to the NOHS smartphone App and a huge fan, out of Grand Haven. I am very grateful for all the alerts and updates. I just wanted to log on to share my facebook post with my fellow fans, in regards to the news about Shea Weber:
Absolutely ridiculous! No suspension for Shea Weber. What's worse is that they fined him $2,500 for the hit. I would have felt better if he hadn't even been fined at all! At least then i could tell myself, maybe it wasn't as bad as it looked...or maybe Zetterberg did something I didn't see, to provoke him, but no. This means the league acknowledged he did something wrong, but instead of following the protocol they set, to let players know that targeting the head is unacceptable, they slapped him with a tiny fine that won't even phase him. Apparently cheap shots are ok sometimes. Truth is, Shanahan has a pillowcase at home with tiny pieces of cut up paper, with random punishments on them. Lucky Weber! He pulled out $2,500 fine for a blatant shot to the head! Maybe Datsyuk and Filppula are next? How about Lidstrom? Why not? At a scant $2,500/head, Weber could just BUY this series for Nashville!
I am sad to say that I lost a lot of respect for Brendan Shanahan, over this judgement. I prefer to remember Shanny as he was, rather than what he is today.
@Wing-Man The fine must be addressed in the next CBA. I did the math yesterday and that would be equal to a person making 50k a year getting a ticket for $14
Sadly the CBA says the max fine is 2500
@Wing-Man Off topic, but welcome to the party.
@Wing-Man Twig and I are both from Grand Haven, though both stuck in Texas for now... Glad to hear from someone else there!
@Wing-Man Hopefully, Nashville acknowledges the "free pass" that Shanny has given them and smartens up. Lot of respect lost for Shanny, though...couldn't agree more.
One less ivory backscratcher... Do your Simpson refences know any boundaries? Nice one... Oh yeah and... Up yours NHL...
For some reason this reminds me of the time I was shocked in 2007 of when Pronger got the suspension for elbowing Homer's head into the glass. Shocked. The league never suspends players for dirty hits on a Red Wing during the playoffs. Of course I thought maybe the world was finally making sense the day Pronger got suspended, but as Drew points out, the world just isn't making sense.
And I'm not really surprised.
I'm pissed off but I am not in the least surprised. Par for the course when it comes to the Wings, the NHL, and the playoffs.
same move used when cops run down a fugitive and smash their head into the ground before cuffing them... what a worthless piece of shit. WTF Shanny, WTF???