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02-22-2013, 09:50 AM
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The league hasn't really been targetting knees lately. The fact that Hall almost appeared to adjust his contact point to avoid the head may actually play in his favour. Also the fact that Clutterbuck injury is to the thigh and not the knee really puts this more into the hip check category.

People are also looking at Hall's wide stance and think it's him sticking out the knee, but just watch him skate in any game, that's just how wide his stance is.

It was a reckless play, but I can't see the league throwing the book at him on a first offense for this unless they justify it for the lateness of the hit.

All that said, I think it is 1 game as a first time offender. The league may bump it up to 2 or 3 for the lateness of the hit, but if they actually consider 5+ games like some are calling for, I'll lose what little faith I have in the league at properly making these calls.

Note that it is only a phone hearing, not an in person meeting, that usually only means a game or a few.

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