April 11, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) checks Detroit Red Wings left wing Tomas Holmstrom (96) into the boards during the first period in game one of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators beat the Red Wings 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE
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about 1 year ago Article 4 comments
By failing to suspend Shea Weber for his hit on Henrik Zetterberg, the NHL is sending a mixed message when it comes to their season-long crusade against head injuries.
about 1 year ago Update 1 comment
"We felt this was a reckless and reactionary play on which Weber threw a glancing punch and then shoved Zetterberg's head into the glass," said NHL Player Safety chief Brendan Shanahan in a press release. "We reached out to Detroit following the game and were informed that Zetterberg did not suffer an apparent injury and should be in the lineup for Game 2."
The fine is the maximum financial punishment allowed by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, but it's rather shocking that Weber didn't see a suspension given the obvious intent of his actions. It's clear that the league feels further discipline is not warranted given the lack of an injury to Zetterberg on the play, but with the recent emphasis on blows to the head, it's a bit curious that Shanahan decided against sitting Weber for even a single game.
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