Charlie Coyle's hit on Matt Stajan drew a major penalty, but no supplemental discipline from Brendan Shanahan and the NHL.
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BAN! this should be a multi-game ban.
It was late
But it was his shoulder that made the head contact. No futher discipline is warrented.
Looks like he finished his check with his shoulder. Should we take hitting out of the game?
what a joke
Shanahan is such a joke. If that's not intent to knock someone out, then I don't know what it. Pathetic
Puck was long gone....he went for his head. Completely intentional.
How can it not be?
It's a total head shot. There was no ban because that's exactly the kind of hit Shanahan would have made when he was playing. It may have been legal then but it's not now.
Still...the guys a joke a league disciplinarian. If he was in office when Chris Neil gave that cheap shot to Chris Drury years ago, Shanahan probably wouldve called him to congratulate him on finishing his check.
Definitely a head shot. Definitely a suspension. SO INCONSISTENT!!
Upward lunge with shoulder
After watching it repeatedly, it seems to me that Coyle made simultaneous contact with his arm and shoulder, so the face was a target. He also seemed to have raised up into the hit which would put the point of the shoulder pad squarely on the nose/jaw ofStajan. From this angle it is hard to believe he was not aware of the area he was hitting and deserves a suspension if the NHL is truly worried about player safety!
Shanahan is a joke
Shoulder right into his chin. What is there to debate??? It's a hit to the head
I mean really??
Clearly a direct intentional hit targeting the head. There is no need for that type of play at this level.
It is not keleta
If that was keleta 2 games!!
no more borderline calls. if it looks malicious you punish. that was a cheap shot. no need for his arm to be that high
Obvious headhunting, lead with his shoulder into his face, no movement directly prior to the hit. Should have been a ban.
Coyle is not spelled K.A.L.E.T.A.
Blind man walking...
Shanahan must be going blind, really cheap and deliberate shot, Shanahan is so inconsistent....
The NHL is a JOKE!
Hit to the head. No question.
thats how it looks to me
Looks Good to Me
Looks like Good old fashion hockey to me. It is a contact sport. Should show it to the Sabres Defense.
In the game it was an "elbow" major but it wasn't even an elbow by Coyle. His shoulder hits his face. Happens all the time. He was finishing his check. If you don't like it then hits in NHL should be banned.
These guys have been playing a high speed game since they were kids and definitely know at the pro level how long is too long before a player is "off limits".If you have to take two strides or in this case glide a good 10 to 12 feet before you hit a guy that has already gotten rid of the puck then he is off limits to a legal hit...you can finish checks to a certain degree but Coyle knew in an instant that backing off was the decision he should have made but instead chose to carry on into Stajan anyway and lifted his shoulder to gain an even harder hit which shows intent to injure. He should get 5mins plus misconduct plus 2 games off.
Finished his check with his shoulder not the elbow. At least from this view
If you want to be technical his elbow stayed pretty low and made contact with the chest while his shoulder did the damage to the head. Head shot nonetheless. Hurts the case the Stajan was facing him and watched it land with no flinch or attempt to protect himself aside from raising his arms them lowering at the last second (why?).
Give Me a Break
10 years ago this wouldn't even be a penalty. He hit him with more of his shoulder than an elbow. I don't even think Stajan was that hurt - he wanted to draw a penalty more than anything. The trip to the locker room was to make it look like he wasn't milking it. This league and the "men" in it have become demasculinated and weak.
Ehh, It was close
You see the elbow movement going on around :27, but if you keep hitting the space bar you see it frame by frame, and the elbow never makes contact with the head during the hit. It looks like it might've whacked him when he was coming down, but that was probably incidental.
Well, it's not a Buffalo player...
So y'know, that alone gets him off the hook...
Shanahan is a Joke.
Why would you pick a former tough guys / border line dirty player at time to be your head of discipline. It's like hiring the mob boss as the police commissioner? The hit didn't look intentional, but if you want to put an end to serious head injuries in the NHL, if you hit a guy in the head, it's a suspension. Even if it is unintentional, a 1 or 2 game suspension minimum. Then players will actively make sure they don't hit a guy high, and there will be a lot less injuries, That's how you protect your players. Take a cue from the NFL get tough.
Shanahan is terrible...
That's exactly the type of hit, well after the puck is played, that needs to be addressed and taken out of hockey. Minimum 5 games to set the example.
He should be suspended for an extended period of time. What a joke.
He comes a little high with the hit but he makes contact with his shoulder, not his elbow....and Stajan certainly embellishes the effect.
To me this is a very easy call, it was clearly a hit to the head. It wasn't an elbow in my opinion, but a hit to the head nonetheless. I have seen Shanahan give out discipline on far less serious incidents. Based on the rules, Coyle deserved some sort of discipline.
Re: No Call on Stajan Tuesday Night
Coyle should have gotten at least five games for that hit to the head on Matt. Matt passed the puck a good second at least before the hit and Coyle should have known better than to hit him, much like Chris Neil's hit on Drury six years ago.
that's not even worth a penalty. shoulder to the chin the whole way in the video.
NHL is a Joke
My son plays hockey at the Mite level right now double AA travel and watching his games with no checking and no garbage fighting is much more entertaining than watch grown men skate around trying to kill each other and then punch each other becuas eof good clean hits. Let alone garbage hits that should be eliminated from the game. Hockey post the 1st lockout was much better and made me appreciate talent. Where is the talent in throwing your body against another human being and doing damage? I like the physicality of the sport but only in the clean and correct way, Shannanhan is a joke and should be fired immediatley. maybe somebody like Lafontaine who had his career shortened by concussions should be the one in charge on punishment.
Shanahan is a joke
Not the funny kind, just the bad kind.
Matt Stajan hit
Shanahan and the NHL is a hypocritical JOKE on all of us.
What a Joke!
Clearly a deliberate elbow to the head, along the glass non the less. Shanahan is a joke!
Let me guess, he is not a dirty player!! O.K. but it was a hit to the head and it needs to stop. I say take all hitting out of Hockey and it would be a much better game to watch.
who really cares...
really though... who cares
If that is NOT targeting the head what is??? Shanahan is a JOKE
He Intentionally Drove His Shoulder Into His Face!!!
You are a totally A-HOLE Shanahan!!!
Shanahan needs to go. If the NHL is really concerned about head injuries, Coyle would be suspended for awhile because his only intent here was to go at Stajan's head. Another reason this is a garbage league.
Good no ban...
Good no suspension call, something I wanted to see the Sabres do this season, finish checks. Unfortunately it was a little high, and hit his chin, but then again, Stajan clearly saw him coming... brace yourself.
Shanahan was a good player ... he is a terrible NHL disciplinarian. His biggest failing is in displaying any sense of consistency. There is no rhyme or reason to the penalties he hands out or fails to hand out. Coyle should have received a suspension.
Targeting the Head area...
Shanahan needs to be replaced I think he is lacking brain cells from his head area getting targeted.
I want to watch good hockey not players skating around with scrambled eggs for brains.
Shanahan's a joke
He throws his sholder into his head.
Myers gets 3 games during the stretch run last April for a hit that appeared much tamer than what Coyle laid on Stajan, well after the latter had got rid of the puck, and nothing in terms of a suspension? C'mon, Shanny, you doing your Colin Campbell impersonation?
should be a suspension
1 GAME AT LEAST
HEAD CONTACT WITH THAT FORCE SHOULD BE 1 GAME. THIS WAS NOT ACCIDENTIAL CONTACT. WE ARE TRYING TO CONTROL CONCUSSIONS. NO ACCOUNTABILITY FROM THE LEAGUE. THEY SPEAK FROM BOTH SIDES OF THEIR MOUTHS.
It's barely legal but it's legal. Can't prove he was targeting the head and it wasn't too late, also no elbow. Look out for Coyle Granlund and the freaking Wild in a couple years.