He claimed he didn’t do anything wrong, citing his personal relationship with his victim. He was applauded by his coach. Now, he’ll watch a few games from the suites.
On Thursday afternoon, the NHL suspended Ducks’ defenseman/cheap shot artist James Wisniewski for eight games in response to his hit on Blackhawks’ defenseman Brent Seabrook.
“You hit a guy without the puck, you could kill a guy,” said coach Joel Quenneville. “It’s the most dangerous hit in the history of the game, all right… He tried to hurt him. If that’s not intent, that’s as bad a hit as you could ever have in the game.”
Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle, on the other hand, said he thought Wisniewski had played his “best game with the Ducks” and nominated Wisniewski for the game’s Number One Star.
What is unfortunate about the incident is that all of the trash that plays in Anaheim is out of contention for the playoffs, so Carlyle being an idiot and Wisniewski missing most of the remaining games this year means very little in the overall scheme of things. The Blackhawks have not yet determined the status of Seabrook, only saying he’s out indefinitely with an upper body injury.
For his comments after the game, Carlyle should have been suspended as well.