If someone said to me late last night “Oh man did you see Shea Weber turnbuckle Henrik Zetterberg?” I would have called bullshit and glove slapped them. I would have been apologizing profusely though because that is exactly what Weber did:
I’m a big Shea Weber fan. If Mike Gillis came to me and said “Wayne, I need you to go and commit atrocious acts of moral bankruptcy in order for us to make Shea Weber a Canuck” I would not hesitate. This incident may have changed my view of him a little and it may make me disinclined to acquiesce to Mike’s request. It’s no Chara/Pacioretty incident (after which I vowed to never say a nice thing about Zdeno Chara again) but it’s still very ugly and entirely not needed in the game. Weber should face a lengthy sus…
What’s that? He got FINED $2500? This is one that I think Brendan Shanahan has got entirely wrong. I quote from the official press release:
Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber has been fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for delivering a blow to the head of Detroit forward Henrik Zetterberg in Game 1 of the teams’ Western Conference Quarterfinal series in Nashville on Wednesday, April 11, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today
That, my friends, was not a blow to the head. Bryon Bitz’ hit on Kyle Clifford – now that’s a blow to the head. What Weber did was just a dirty wrestling move and I don’t care what Marek & Wyshynski say, wrestling and hockey should not mix.
My last post on Get Real Hockey, in which I discuss Steven Reinprecht’s possible call up to the Canucks, and whether Byron Bitz would be more useful to them in the playoffs