If you missed the Brad Stuart hit on Gabriel Landeskog from the weekend, now is probably a pretty good time to check it out. That’s it, above.

Basically, Landeskog is cutting to the outside (and sort of loses the puck for a second) when he gets drilled by Stuart, in what some folks figured would result in a suspension for Stuart, given the contact to the head. The league didn’t pull the trigger on a Shana-ban, however, and Landeskog was allowed to return to the game because…I dunno, honestly. He apparently did his time in The Quiet Room and was allowed to return, so I guess that means he passed his tests and they deemed his head clear.

Now there are reports out of Colorado that Landeskog will be unable to play tonight against the Oilers due to “head and leg injuries,” despite the fact that he returned to the Sharks/Avs game after the big collision. I’ll update this as we find out more about the specifics, but it seems like the “required tests” might need to be made more effective.

Comments (8)

  1. He did go to the quiet room for 15 minutes. There’s about 5 min left in that period. They had a commercial TO prior to the end of the period. They took the intermission between periods and Landy didn’t come out for the warmup prior to the next period. He did his quiet room time and presumebly passed his tests. No doubt, Landeskog also said he was OK like any 20 year old young captain trying to prove he leads his team. How can the Avs better diagnose these things? No idea. But I wouldn’t be so quick to state that the Avs ignored protocol.

  2. Hopefully it is nothing serious.. Looks like a bad Charlie Horse by the way he limps off the ice. As we all know, Charlie horses can become very painful in the days following with hindered mobility. I imagine he misses no more than a game or two.

  3. Can we get a post on the rules for the instigator rule. From watching a few fights over the weekend (and really, the last few years) the rule as the commentators understand it is “If the player is on the team I don’t work for, he deserves the instigator penalty”

    thats whats in the book right

    • This rule is a little bit open for refs to interpret. Should also note if you get 3 instigators in a season you get suspended. Same with instigating a fight in OT or the last 5 minutes of a game.

      46.11 Instigator – An instigator of an altercation shall be a player who by his actions or demeanor demonstrates any/some of the following criteria: distance traveled; gloves off first; first punch thrown; menacing attitude or posture; verbal instigation or threats; conduct in retaliation to a prior game (or season) incident; obvious retribution for a previous incident in the game or season.

      A player who is deemed to be the instigator of an altercation shall be assessed an instigating minor penalty, a major penalty for fighting and a ten-minute misconduct.

      If the same player or goalkeeper is deemed to be the instigator of a second altercation in the same game, he shall be assessed an instigating minor penalty, a major penalty for fighting and a game misconduct.

      When a player receives his third instigator penalty in one Regular season, he is automatically given a game misconduct following that third violation.

      A player who is deemed to be both the instigator and aggressor of an altercation shall be assessed an instigating minor penalty, a major penalty for fighting, a ten-minute misconduct (instigator) and a game misconduct penalty (aggressor).

      46.6 Face Protection – If a player penalized as an instigator of an altercation is wearing a face shield (including a goalkeeper), he shall be assessed an additional unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

  4. I’m OK with no suspension here. He keeps his arm at chest level and it is making the most contact (though the shoulder might have caught him in the head incidentally). No jumping in to it. Doesn’t look like he took a charge. It’s borderline but I’ve seen guys get away on worse.

  5. American hockey announcers quite often don’t know what they’re talking about, Stuart’s forearm is raised to head level on the hit, what ever happened to a good old fashioned shoulder to the chest or shoulder not flailing your full arm into a hit….

    also poor judgement on the avs for bringing him back out, hes their young superstar who got hit hard, rest him, they dont want another Crosby situation

  6. You must be Canadian, Andrew. Just like both of the Sharks’ announcers. LOL

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