The Anaheim Ducks will play without a marginal player in J.F. Jacques,* but important defenseman Francois Beauchemin avoided a suspension for his hit that separated the shoulder of Columbus Blue Jackets sniper Jeff Carter. Decide for yourself if the NHL made the right decision by reviewing the video below:
As PHT anticipated, the NHL did decide to discipline J.F. Jacques for his hit on R.J. Umberger. (Initials on initials crime is wrong, man.) The league decided to give him a three-game ban for his actions, as you can see in this Brendan Shanahan video:
Shanahan & Co. have one more Anaheim Ducks player to rule on, as Francois “Don’t call me Frenchie” Beauchemin still needs a verdict regarding his questionable check.
J.F. Jacques has spent most of his season on an airplane riding between Anaheim and Syracuse thanks to be called up from and sent down to the AHL. The next call he gets is probably going to be from Brendan Shanahan, however, thanks to a head shot on Columbus forward R.J. Umberger.
As you can see in the video, Jacques goes out of his way to hit Umberger in the head with his elbow and even appears to leave his feet to do so. That’s about as dirty as dirty gets.
Umberger has a history of concussion problems dating back to his days in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Jacques is a guy that is essentially a fourth line player looking to make a difference to stick around. This isn’t the way to do it and Shanahan will be sure to remind him of that.
PHT Morning Skate: Ducks-Blue Jackets sure was nasty last night
No one escapes the ever-watchful eye of league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan. Anaheim’s J.F. Jacques was the guy busted by the NHL this time around as he made a legal line change in a preseason game against Vancouver for the express purpose of starting a fight with Canucks forward Mike Duco in the waning minutes of their game.
While instigating a fight in the final five minutes earned Jacques at least a one game ban, Shanahan stepped things up severely suspending Jacques for the rest of the preseason and the first five games of the regular season, eight games in all. Jacques will give up $17,567.55 for the time he’ll be sitting out and that money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
The suspension is already the sixth one handed down by Shanahan in the preseason as Jacques will join Pierre-Luc Letorneau-Leblond, Jody Shelley, James Wisniewski, Brad Staubitz, and Brad Boyes on Shanahan’s hit list. Shanahan is again showing no mercy in sitting players down who run afoul of the law and that no bad deed or illegal play will go unpunished.
If you’d like to see video of Shanahan’s explanation as to why Jacques is getting suspended so fiercely, you can check it out here: