Rene Bourque may have been suspended two games for crushing Brent Seabrook, but at least he’s sorry.
While Seabrook was back in action last night for Chicago, Bourque was dishing out apologies for his dirty hit, according to Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun. Considering that Bourque used to be a teammate of Seabrook’s in Chicago, it made things a bit more personal.
“I played with the guy four years. I felt pretty bad,” Bourque said Tuesday before he sat out the first of his two-game suspension with his Flames hosting the Minnesota Wild. “I went and talked to him during the third period just to make sure he was alright and say sorry.
“He accepted my apology.”
Brent Seabrook is a bigger guy than we would be. We’d still be a little bit more annoyed about things. Accepting an apology with a face wash is OK, right?
It was an ugly night for Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid. McQuaid earned a kneeing major and a game misconduct for his knee-on-knee hit on Ottawa’s Nick Foligno and might also earn a suspension from Brendan Shanahan for his efforts.
While that’s all negative, on the upside McQuaid is sorry for what he did. McQuaid tells CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty that he feels bad about how things went down.
“If I could take it back, I definitely would,” said McQuaid, who blocked a pair of shots and registered three hits in. “It was one of those things where you go, ‘Oh, crap’, right after it happened.
“The penalty was deserved. That’s not me at all. I think that’s actually my first major penalty in my career outside of the fighting calls, and I don’t plan on getting any more.”
McQuaid might be saying “Oh, crap” should he wind up getting a call from the NHL for the hit. Foligno did leave the game momentarily because of the hit but returned to action. He should consider himself fortunate to not have a serious knee injury.
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Arron Asham has apologized for knocking Jay Beagle’s face in and making a mockery of him for doing so. Asham’s showed contrition, sincere feelings, and looked like a human being for making an ugly fight look worse. There’s a few guys around the league that could learn from that.
Even after all that and more, Asham is worried that the referees around the league are going to type-cast him as the bad guy on the ice. Asham tells Paul Waldie of The Globe And Mail that he “doesn’t want his career to be defined by making a couple of stupid gestures” and that he “wishes he could take it back.”
Fortunately for Asham, he’s got a lot of bad deeds to do to wind up being the guy that catches the stink eye of the officials in Pittsburgh. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, having a couple of guys who might not get the benefit of the doubt in an intense situation creates a potentially hairy situation for the Penguins.
Yes, officials are meant to be impartial but it’s human nature to see a guy with a reputation out there when things are getting rough and not suspect they’ve had a role in problems. Asham’s apologetic nature over this situation should keep him clear of earning a bad reputation and potentially some bad calls. That kind of positive work after a bad situation goes a long way, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be watching to see how the rest of his season plays out.
For the eight time in the 2011 preseason, new NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan handed out a suspension for an illegal hit. Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith caught Chicago Blackhawks forward Ben Smith (no relation) up high with his shoulder, earning himself a hefty punishment and leaving Chicago’s Smith day-to-day with a possible concussion.
Although Brendan stated that he didn’t intend to hit Ben Smith in the head, the puck-moving blueliner expressed remorse for the end result. Going beyond the players involved, the two teams seemed divided on the check. Chicago’s head coach Joel Quenneville believed it was an obvious illegal hit, while Red Wings bench boss Mike Babcock wondered if Ben Smith put himself in a vulnerable position – at least to some extent.
Either way, Babcock and Brendan Smith alike agreed that the budding prospect needs to learn from this situation.
“It’s a high-risk play when someone tries to cut to the middle,” Brendan Smith said. “It’s not an illegal play on him, and actually, he made a great move. I was actually trying to catch him, because he kind of had a step. I’m going to have to learn from this, for sure. The game moves very quickly. I’m going to have to adjust to it and make sure that I’m in the right place at the right time, so that will never happen (again).”
“(The suspension) ruined my chances of being up here for the start of the season,” Brendan Smith said. “I kind of canceled myself out there, but it’s alright. They told me that I’ll get my chances (in Detroit). We’ll just have to deal with this first. It’s a maturity thing that I’m going to have to learn from.”
Credit Brendan Smith for giving Ben Smith a call to apologize for the hit, whether he believes it was malicious/illegal or not. Maybe it’s not enough to say you’re sorry, but it shows some class and humility to admit you’re wrong. The situation hurts both prospects; Brendan’s pain just isn’t as literal. Hopefully he – and many other players – will learn the best way to handle tough checking situations sooner rather than later.