“GMs had talk about hits like Orpik on Stepan at recent meetings in Fla.,” tweeted Sportsnet’s John Shannon. “Shanahan told them call would be 5 [minute kneeing major] and a game with no supplemental [discipline]. League and Shanahan wanted to know if that was OK going down stretch and in playoffs.
“Without dissent, GMs agreed that it was.”
It should be noted the GM meetings in Florida occurred after Colorado’s Kevin Porter was handed a four-game suspension for kneeing Vancouver’s David Booth on Dec. 6:
That was the first and only kneeing suspension of the season, though Boston’s Adam McQuaid was fined $2,500 for kneeing Ottawa’s Nick Foligno:
That hit occurred just eight days after the Porter-Booth collision.
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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