Just a $10,000 maximum fine and no missed games for Joffrey Lupul after his cross check on Patrick Eaves in the Winter Classic.
As Lupul and Eaves tried to locate the puck inside the Red Wing blueline in the first period, Lupul went to push Eaves with a cross check and caught Eaves in the neck/side of the face area. Lupul’s focus is on the puck in Eaves’ feet and Eaves is hunched over, but Lupul was reckless in his application of the cross check.
That the conditions were brutal and the players were having to search through the snow for the puck may have been a factor in this ruling. Lupul and the Leafs in the hearing may have successfully played the card, “If we’re playing in conditions where we’re half blind…”
A cross-check shove, of which this is a mild version, while a player protects or shields the puck really isn’t all that uncommon. Lupul missed the shoulder and definitely deserved the fine, but a suspension would’ve been harsh. Eaves, who has a history of jaw injury and concussion, has had his jaw reset after the incident, but is feeling fine (or seemingly better than before?) and isn’t expected to miss any games:
“Everything’s good to go now,” Eaves said. “It was pretty uncomfortable with my jaw being the way it was; my teeth weren’t lined up. I was pretty sore right away. But it’s back in the right spot and feels a lot better.”
Lupul was fined $10,000 by the NHL for the hit — the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement — and avoided a suspension.
Eaves was out for more than 13 months with a concussion after suffered a fractured jaw when hit by a shot on Nov. 26, 2011. Lupul’s check caught him on the same side, but he wasn’t worried about a concussion.
“My head was fine the whole time; I was clear and everything,” Eaves said. “It was just the jaw; I’ve been down that road before and was hoping I didn’t have to go down it again.”
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Alec, I went almost a week unable to load on my iPad. I could get onto the site but the main page would not hold. It would drop, and there would be a Leaf picture behind it, and then the site would drop. Have been able to connect the last couple of days. Being deprived of this site is a major problem for me.
Happy New Year To All!!!!!!!
good positive leafs news from Siegael No single aspect of the Leafs season at the midway point has been quite as reliable, and at times brilliant, as that of the goaltending. And the quiet, driving and highly influential presence behind the recently found
success is the 58-year-old St. Croix, now in his second season with the team.
A breath of fresh air lol
@Burtonboy He's obviously been watching Fraser too long :)
@Waiting4LSC Happy New Year Y'all...has to be warmer down there than up here.
@Waiting4LSC Happy New Year! :)
@Ryan Or, they have a kick ass tourney and come back full of confidence and kick ass the rest of the year.
@Ryan The NHL games played between the Olympics and when the playoffs start would be deadly. And last time the Olympics were in our yard. This year the players have to travel half way around the planet.
@Ryan I would imagine all coaches, GM's have concerns when their players are involved in Olympics.....mental/physical fatigue, chance of injury, etc......no surprise to me that Carlyle would be concerned........Can't wait to see the media run with this one....Carlyle bad man.......doesn't want his players representing their country......wait for it....lol :)
@Ryan Yep, that's why I don't care if Phaneuf doesn't make Team Canada. Hoping for a quick USA exit.
@DARF24 Came out of the penalty box too.
@Jmessih Pretty sleazy of the Russians to start that shit. Don't think that Swedish guy coming out of the box is going to be playing much either.
@ingy56 He needs to learn how to make dumb pinches and brutal giveaways before he can crack this lineup.....
Inge: For me, yes. My better half has been in Toronto since beginning of December visiting with family. She was describing the frost-quake phenomenon you are experiencing. I truly hope all on MLHS avoid any problems with this.
CBJ needs the good news lol
@theacs1966 I remember last time around coaches talking about how it was tough getting their players in gear again after they played in the games. Like getting up for exhibition games.
Thats what I'm talking about. Plus with the political unrest near Sochi. Bringing family over to enjoy the experience must be weighing heavy on a lot of these athletes
Me as a normal human I would be afraid to be the insurer of Team Canada.
thought so too. Theirs an article to write about. Imagining playing for the Olympics the travel and emotional ups and downs then have to come back and play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs
@mcloki Yep....rather it was Lundqvist.....Talbot's been very good
Xxxx its an iPad 1. Never had the problem before. I had wondered if Livefyre had upgraded and the iPad was now incompatible. Since yesterday I appear to have a stable connection, so am confused, but happy.
@Waiting4LSC Is a new iPad? I've been using my IPad 2 constantly on Safari with wifi and havent had any interruptions.
@Waiting4LSC Heard/experienced a couple here. Thought the roof caved in.
@Ryan @Xxxxxnew I think the NHL has always made it clear that participation in the Olympics will always be a negotiation/bargaining point for all of the reasons above. And on a side note, I'm surprised insurers haven't taken a tougher stand on extracurricular risks in hockey games like staged fights (maybe they have, and the NHL has just pays the premiums).