Dallas forward Ryan Garbutt doesn’t have a disciplinary hearing scheduled for his knee-on-knee collisions with Edmonton’s Taylor Hall on Tuesday night, a NHL spokesman has confirmed.
Garbutt was hit with a two-minute tripping penalty for this hit, which occurred midway through the third period of Dallas’ 3-2 win:
Hall wasn’t injured on the play, and remained in the game.
It’s worth mentioning, however, that knee-on-knee hits were a topic of conversation at last week’s GM Meetings, as NHL disciplinary czar Stephane Quintal addressed a noticeable spike in incidents through the first month of the season.
As for Garbutt, it appears he’ll avoid punishment despite his status as a repeat offender. Last season he was fined for a spear on Ducks’ forward Corey Perry and, during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign, Garbutt was suspended five games for a hit on Dustin Penner.
The league reserves the right to schedule a hearing with Garbutt later if it sees fit. That said, such a decision would need to be reached relatively quickly as the Stars are back in action on Friday night against Minnesota.
Ryan Garbutt caught Taylor Hall with a knee-on-knee hit at center ice late in the third period Tuesday night.
Hall, who has had his share of knee injuries in his young career, was able to skate away unharmed. Garbutt received a minor penalty for tripping on the play.
A rise in knee-on-knee hits is something NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety Stephane Quintal discussed with general managers at last week’s meeting in Toronto.
Garbutt could be hearing from Quintal as he is a repeat offender.
Last season he was fined for a spear on Ducks’ forward Corey Perry. During the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, Garbutt was suspended five games for his hit on Dustin Penner.
There’s no denying that things are pretty ugly for the Edmonton Oilers right now.
Tales of fan dissent have been widespread, yet this video clip of Oilers fans lambasting the team after Saturday’s 7-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks still seems a little stunning:
That’s … pretty uncomfortable to watch.
Fans naturally have every right to express their disdain, especially considering how frustrating the situation has been for Edmonton. It’s also an inherent risk when arenas provide onlookers with a chance to cheer (or in this case, mercilessly heckle) teams as they enter and leave the ice.
Still, the sheer volume (literally) of anger almost seems a little shocking.
(H/T to The Score.)
Oilers looking for a trade (possibly involving David Perron)
Taylor Hall doesn’t think Dallas Eakins should take the fall
What, exactly, needs to change?
Their season started with a five-game losing streak. There is a four-game losing streak sandwiched in there, too.
On Saturday, the Edmonton Oilers were crushed on home ice. The Chicago Blackhawks came in and ripped apart their Western Conference opponents by a final score of 7-1.
And now the debate about the future of head coach Dallas Eakins in Edmonton is reaching another boiling point. Saturday’s loss was the sixth straight for the Oilers and it was a debacle from start to finish.
Five of these losses came during this home stand.
“Absolutely not. I would be extremely disappointed if that happened. That would be so unfair if that was the case,” said Taylor Hall, on the subject of if the Oilers need a new head coach, to reporters in a video posted on the club’s Twitter account.
“I don’t think it is by any means. But for Dallas to take the brunt of the blame, that’s not true and wouldn’t be fair to him.”
The Oilers also find themselves occupying the bottom of the league standings, with the Buffalo Sabres. Both teams, as well as the Columbus Blue Jackets and Carolina Hurricanes, have just six wins through the first quarter of the season.
This follows yet another disappointing and tumultuous season, a 2013-14 campaign that was so hyped up with the hiring of Eakins. There was even speculation last season that he could lose his job.
There was a shot of the Oilers coming off the ice after the loss to Chicago, and players, as they were walking by the fans on their way to the dressing room, were booed vehemently.
Unhappy times in Edmonton.
Can it get any worse?
Saturday was a new low for the Edmonton Oilers in this 2014-15 season. Their current losing streak hit six games. They were out of this one after just few minutes. Jonathan Toews got it started for the visiting Chicago Blackhawks, scoring a beauty less than four minutes into the first period and it fell apart from there for the Oilers.
They were once again booed off the ice. The final score: 7-1 for the Blackhawks.
Chicago scored six times on just 15 shots. The Blackhawks completed the touchdown – minus the convert – before the second period was even four minutes old. Edmonton’s goalie Ben Scrivens was yanked after giving up five goals on 13 shots. No mercy rule in the NHL.
“That’s about as long as a game as I can remember since I played or coached,” said head coach Dallas Eakins, as per Gene Principe of Sportsnet.
And so ends a five-game home stand for Edmonton. It was a nightmare. The Oilers got just one single point out of a possible 10.
The debate about whether Eakins should be fired spread like wild fire on social media as Saturday’s debacle continued.
“This is our fault as players and we’re the ones who are going to have to make up for it… This is on us,” said Taylor Hall, as per the club’s Twitter account.
“It sucks for us, it sucks for the fans and it sucks for the organization… It’s unfortunate we can’t give our fans something,” Hall added.