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NHL hands Erik Cole $2,500 fine for “tripping”


The NHL decided to hand Montreal Canadiens forward Erik Cole the slap-on-the-wrist fine of $2,500 for an incident with Edmonton Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry.

Some will call it merely tripping – that’s the phrase the league used – while many referred to Cole’s actions as a “slew-foot.”

Honestly, I haven’t heard any outrage from Habs fans, Oilers enthusiasts or outside observers, but feel free to share your thoughts. Was this a fair punishment, did Cole deserve a suspension or nothing at all? Do tell.

(If you happened to come across video of the play, by all means share it too.)

Rinaldo on his slew foot: “Someone had to stir the pot”


It looks like we might have to get Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo a rule book.

Rinaldo was fined $5000 for separate incidents in yesterday’s loss to the Devils including a slew foot on Devils captain Zach Parise. Rinaldo tells ESPN New York’s Katie Strang that his motivation for slew footing Parise was pretty simple.

“The slew-foot really shouldn’t be in the game but 6-nothing we were down and someone had to stir the pot,” Rinaldo said.

It used to be that you could stir the pot by face washing a player, giving them a couple whacks with your stick after the whistle, or saying something unkind about their family.

Brendan Shanahan will get some grief from Devils fans and others for not suspending Rinaldo, but he’s remained consistent when it’s come to punishing (or not punishing) slew foots this year. Just ask P.K. Subban who was fined once and escaped punishment this year for such instances.

Brad Marchand admits slew-foot was “a cheap shot”

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It took the NHL a while to make the decision, but Brendan Shanahan eventually fined Brad Marchand $2,500 for slew-footing Matt Niskanen. Many believe that Marchand deserved a suspension for that incident. While Marchand didn’t exactly plead for that kind of punishment, he admitted that it was indeed a slew-foot and told Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston that it was “a bit of a cheap shot.”

“It was a dangerous play and it was definitely a slew-foot,” Marchand said. “Those are dangerous plays and guys can get hurt like that. It’s something I shouldn’t have done and they penalized me for it and I’ll move on now.”

Obviously it would be ideal if he didn’t commit the act at all, but at least he’s owning up to that bad moment of judgment. Generally speaking, sports fans (and people in general) are more likely to forgive someone if they don’t try to deflect blame.

Taking responsibility for that act is part of what makes Marchand one of the better “pests” in the NHL. Claude Julien gave this great quote about hoping that Marchand agitates the right way.

“As I’ve put it in my own words: I want him to be a good brat, not a bad brat,” Julien said. “That means don’t cross the line and I think he did that time. His response was, ‘I thought I was going to get away with it.’ That’s not what you want to see from your players.”

Hopefully Marchand and the rest of the bruising Boston Bruins stay on the right side of that fine line more often than not.

Marchand gets max fine for slew-footing


The NHL has announced that Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been fined $2,500 — the maximum allowable under the CBA — for slew-footing Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen on Monday:

Even though it looked like a dirty piece of business, the slew-foot only netted Marchand a two-minute tripping minor.

It’s possible that Brendan Shanahan’s decision to fine Marchand — and not suspend him — could come under some scrutiny. Noseface is a repeat offender (he received a two-game suspension for elbowing RJ Umberger in the head last season) and in 2009, then-Anaheim forward Evgeny Artyukhin received a three-game suspension…for slew-footing Matt Niskanen, ironically enough.

(Though as our very own Jason Brough just pointed out, not all slew foots are created equal.)

James Neal fined for being slew footed by P.K. Subban


In a perfect news vacuum, the story of James Neal being fined $2,500 by the NHL for his high sticking incident with P.K. Subban would likely just be a blip on the radar. You know, guy does something wrong, gets busted, pays fine – end of story.

It’s not quite the same in this instance for Neal, however, as the one reason he wound up conking Subban in the head is because Subban slew-footed Neal.

Thanks to the guys at The Pensblog, you can see for yourself how Subban kicked out Neal’s foot causing him to lose balance and tumble to the ice. In the process of doing that he hits Subban with his stick as he falls. Neal was given a high sticking minor on the play while Subban went unpenalized.


We know that the referees and Brendan Shanahan are doing their best here, but this is one play where they could’ve let Neal slide without punishment and perhaps given Subban a talking to instead. At the very least, given how that game played out and with Max Pacioretty’s suspension, the rest of their meetings this season should be a joy.