Re: Marchand - 2 games
posted at 1/8/2012 11:17 AM EST
In Response to Re: Marchand - 2 games
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Marchand - 2 games : Fletch, like I said before, you're asking Marchand to play within the rules and then some. Yes, it was borderline but there's a line between right and wrong for a reason. I had no problem when Marchand did it to Sedin in the finals and I had no problem with it yesterday. In agreement with CJ, I'd have a problem if Marchand simply absorbs these hits and gets concussed. All I’m going to tell you is what I’ve always told my players, that they need to protect themselves,” Julien said. “The last thing I want my players to do is get hit and then end up with a concussion, and they have to protect themselves.
Posted by dezaruchi[/QUOTE]
I had no problem with Marchand doing that to Sedin or Gionta last year, because in both cases the play was dead and they were taking a run at him, into the boards. In this case, it was a hockey play and Salo was trying throw a legal check on him, just like we would want our players to do. I thought that Marchand should either take the hit, or dodge the hit, instead of doing what he did. It seemed cheap to me.
I don't know exactly what Julien is talking about with concussions and all that. Salo is not exactly a thug, and while I'm sure he was trying to hammer Marchand, I don't think Marchand was in some great danger situation where he had to desperately protect himself. Guys try to line him up all the time and sometimes he has to take a hit to move the puck.
I don't think Ballard's was any better. He had every opportunity to take the body and he dove down to the ground instead to lowbridge Campbell. I think the most consistent position is to say both hits were cheap and unnecessary. Just my opinion.