Brad Marchand gets five games for hit on Salo; ‘Predatory’, according to Shanahan

Despite taking their sweet time and backing the announcement right up to Canucks’ game time, the department of player safety has finally issued a verdict regarding Brad Marchand’s low bridge on Sami Salo from Saturday’s match between the Canucks and Bruins. Canuck fans will probably like how it all shook out: the Bruins’ pest has been suspended a whopping five games for the hit, the maximum amount he could be given without flying to New York for an in-person hearing.

Why so many games? As usual with Shanahan, Marchand’s repeat offender status plays into the decision, as does the fact that Salo suffered a concussion on the play. But those are secondary factors. The primary one, simply put, is that Brendan Shanahan and company saw the incident as “predatory”.

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Spitballin’ on what AV thinks is stupid, Weise’s punch-out punk-out, and that Corey Perry rumour

Spitballin’ (or Super Pass It To Bulis: All In, if you love adventurous acronymizing) is a feature that allows us to touch on a multitude of things really fast, because in the world of hockey, there are always lots of things to find and colour. Here are a few topics that deserve mention.

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Anti-Fantasy League: Week 13

My apologies for the brief holiday break. I know that on Christmas and New Year’s all of you were frantically refreshing PITB to see how poorly your anti-fantasy team was doing.

Well, maybe not.

Even with the extra couple weeks, very few things have changed. Ryan Getzlaf still isn’t scoring. Bruins fans are still whinier than they claim Canucks fans are. And holidayblues is still in first place in the PITB Anti-Fantasy League.

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