No hearing scheduled for Seidenberg after hit on Fiddler


“Nothing scheduled at the moment” was the response we got from the NHL with regards to a possible disciplinary hearing for Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg after his hit on Stars forward Vernon Fiddler last night in Boston.

Even B’s play-by-play man Jack Edwards, not exactly the most ardent critic of the team, noted that Seidenberg “caught some head” on the hit.

But was it suspension-worthy?

Here’s the new, slightly altered Rule 48 — Illegal Check to the Head — as taken from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s ruling on the Patrick Kaleta appeal (PDF)


So perhaps the NHL felt Seidenberg “attempted to hit squarely through” Fiddler’s body. If the league did indeed see it that way, we wouldn’t necessarily disagree.