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As my readers know, approximately 68.2 per cent of the respect I had for supplemental discipline under Brendan Shanahan went out the window after the ridiculous, indefensible, inexcusable actions he took against Pierre-Marc regarding an alleged high stick in the opener against Columbus.
It certainly didn't take long for Shanahan to lose the other 31.8 per cent after that.
But I have no problem whatsoever with the action taken against Warren Peters for his high stick on Saturday against David Backes.
(video after the jump)
(from YouTube user spectr17)
It's a little unfortunate because at full speed it looked like Backes was attempting to run Jared Spurgeon, but the video shows it's pretty obvious Spurgeon fell on his own. (To contrast with the Petrell on Zidlicky incident, where the Department of Player Safety's assertion of a "toe pick" is not at all obvious.) I bring this up because to Peters view, he was sticking up for a dirty play. But that does not justify using a stick on a player's head, even if his explanation that it was an accident is accepted.
That said, as surprise to no one, I completely disagree with Puck Daddy's Harrison Mooney's comparison to the Bouchard incident. There is a key difference. Bouchard's stick would never, ever have made contact with Calvert's head if not for Calvert being the one that actually attempted to high stick Bouchard in retaliation. Peters much higher with his stick than Bouchard was. When a stick goes high, the risk that it will make contact with the head is much clearer. For the most part Peters owned up that, and his lack of disciplinary history probably kept his suspension at one game.
Slightly related, I would've been okay if Cal Clutterbuck drew a one-gamer for his hit on Alex Pietrangelo. I guess the explanation from the Department of Player Safety that the Star Tribune's Michael Russo tweeted is at least consistent, although misguided, with previous rulings:
There is no reason for Clutterbuck to leave his feet on this hit, and just because he missed the head, doesn't mean this hit isn't dangerous enough for supplemental discipline.
All of that said, I would like to remind St. Louis Blues fans, whom I generally respect, that Minnesota Wild fans are very much the wrong group to seek sympathy from if dissatisfied with regarding supplemental discipline.
As partisan of a fan as I can be, I'm not going to waste effort to defend these two actions that aren't defensible. To the Wild blogosphere's credit, I am yet to see a post against the Peters suspension.