January 30, 2010
National Hockey League Senior V.P. and Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell is a man who takes a lot of heat for the decisions on supplementary discipline given out to players. Luckily for him, the two plays during last night's Washington-Florida game that were questionable won't have his input. Thanks to his son Gregory being a member of the Panthers, Campbell does not give participate in discussions when Florida is involved. Instead, it's Mike Murphy(notes), the NHL's Senior V.P. of Hockey Operations who will make the decision on hits by Mike Green(notes) and Dmitry Kulikov(notes).
After the game, Green said there was no intent in the hit telling the Washington Post "I didn't mean to elbow him. I might have got it up. I thought it was my shoulder." Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau didn't think the hit warranted a suspension: "I think it was incidental. He didn't fling the elbow up at him."
As Ray Ferraro mentions in the clip, Green led with his elbow and with the NHL's stance that they want to take head shots out of the game, does a first time offender sit for two games or more, if anything? Like we said before, it's the NHL, so it's anyone's guess and we'll just have to wait to see how Murphy interprets the hit. (Remember, it was Murphy's decision to not suspend Mike Richards(notes) of the Philadelphia Flyers earlier this season for his hit on Panthers forward David Booth(notes).)
Frolik's agent, Allan Walsh, Tweeted this morning that a disciplinary hearing is underway regarding Green's hit.
Hit No. 2: Near the end of the second period, Green collided with Kulikov in a knee-on-knee hit:
This hit caused Green to leave the game after being injured, which Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post is reporting to be just a charley horse. There's a good chance he'll be in the lineup Sunday afternoon against Tampa Bay ... unless, of course, he's suspended for the hit on Frolik. On this play, Kulikov bangs knees with Green as he's completing the hit. Nothing malicious and no signs of intent, so it's more than likely that the Panthers rookie defenseman gets off clean.