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01-26-2011, 09:38 PM
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Gudbranson suspended indefinitely UPDATE: 8 games

Panthers prospect Erik Gudbranson was suspended indefinitely by the Ontario Hockey League on Wednesday after the 19-year-old defenseman crushed a forward from a rival team in retaliation for a hit put on a teammate.

Gudbranson, playing for the Kingston Frontenacs, went after Oshawa's J.P. Labardo after Labardo dropped Kingston goalie Philipp Grubauer with an open-ice hit. This is the second suspension this month for Gudbranson – the third overall pick of the 2010 draft. He was suspended for a game last week and stripped of his title as alternate captain by the team after he apparently got into a shouting match with members of his coaching staff.

Panthers assistant general manager Mike Santos said the team is not concerned with the suspensions as one (insubordination) had nothing to do with the other (defending a teammate). Labardo was suspended five games for his hit to the head of the Kingston goalie.

“He's an 18-year-old kid who has had a lot of things thrown at him in the past couple of months,'' Santos said. “He realized he spoke out of line a little bit and is willing to pay for that and did that with the one game suspension. He didn't lose any respect from his coaches or teammates. I want a guy who plays with a little edge, is a little nasty. But he's a kid and has to grow into that.''

In an interesting twist, Panthers coach Pete DeBoer is a part-owner of the Oshawa Generals. He said Wednesday that he has very little contact with the franchise as far as day-to-day operations go, and says he has never even met Labardo. DeBoer and former NHL winger Adam Graves bought the Generals last year. DeBoer had been coach and general manager of the OHL's Kitchener Rangers.

“As long as there wasn't an injury,'' DeBoer said, “I'm probably more concerned about Erik than I am about anything else.''

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Panthers prospect Erik Gudbranson was suspended indefinitely by the Ontario Hockey League on Wednesday after the 19-year-old defenseman crushed a forward from a rival team in retaliation for a hit put on a teammate.

Gudbranson, playing for the Kingston Frontenacs, went after Oshawa's J.P. Labardo after Labardo dropped Kingston goalie Philipp Grubauer with an open-ice hit. This is the second suspension this month for Gudbranson the third overall pick of the 2010 draft. He was suspended for a game last week and stripped of his title as alternate captain by the team after he apparently got into a shouting match with members of his coaching staff.

Panthers assistant general manager Mike Santos said the team is not concerned with the suspensions as one (insubordination) had nothing to do with the other (defending a teammate). Labardo was suspended five games for his hit to the head of the Kingston goalie.

He's an 18-year-old kid who has had a lot of things thrown at him in the past couple of months,'' Santos said. He realized he spoke out of line a little bit and is willing to pay for that and did that with the one game suspension. He didn't lose any respect from his coaches or teammates. I want a guy who plays with a little edge, is a little nasty. But he's a kid and has to grow into that.''

In an interesting twist, Panthers coach Pete DeBoer is a part-owner of the Oshawa Generals. He said Wednesday that he has very little contact with the franchise as far as day-to-day operations go, and says he has never even met Labardo. DeBoer and former NHL winger Adam Graves bought the Generals last year. DeBoer had been coach and general manager of the OHL's Kitchener Rangers.

As long as there wasn't an injury,'' DeBoer said, I'm probably more concerned about Erik than I am about anything else.''

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I can't wait to see him in a Panther uniform. At least we'll beat the living crap out of the opposition while we lose in the future. Have teams dreading the road trip to Florida, instead of thinking 2 points in the bank.

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I can't wait to see him in a Panther uniform. At least we'll beat the living crap out of the opposition while we lose in the future. Have teams dreading the road trip to Florida, instead of thinking 2 points in the bank.
Amen. We can only dream that this will be ideal in the future.

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Suspended for that, after the guy hits his goalie, wow.

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indefinite suspension? Wtf

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I'm ready to wear his jersey.

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I can't wait to see him in a Panther uniform. At least we'll beat the living crap out of the opposition while we lose in the future. Have teams dreading the road trip to Florida, instead of thinking 2 points in the bank.
Oh those were the days. Hopefully they'll once again be back

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I'm ready to wear his jersey.
A baby blue Gudbranson?

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Suspended for that, after the guy hits his goalie, wow.
He earned the suspension. The only thing that concerns me is that it's still indefinite after several days. The suspension needs to be defined and not left open-ended.

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indefinite probably just means they will have to have a hearing about it to decide length

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A baby blue Gudbranson?
Nah.. The new red..

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Nah.. The new red..
The new red...with just a fabulouth little touch of baby blue?

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Expect the number of games to be announced sometime tomorrow (Friday).

I'm hearing anywhere between 8 games and 20 games.

It's a tough one to call, because on one hand the player he hit wasn't injured (which tends to factor into the number of games), but on the other hand this is Gudbranson's second suspension due to a check to the head in the past two months.

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The new red...with just a fabulouth little touch of baby blue?
I'll get it too !

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Expect the number of games to be announced sometime tomorrow (Friday).

I'm hearing anywhere between 8 games and 20 games.

It's a tough one to call, because on one hand the player he hit wasn't injured (which tends to factor into the number of games), but on the other hand this is Gudbranson's second suspension due to a check to the head in the past two months.
I (and most panther fans I would think) love his passion, a rare commodity down here. Protecting the goalie was an awessome character trait. I wish he wouldnt have left his feet, and Im glad the opponent didnt get hurt.

More then 10 games IMHO would be harsh. The goalie could have been injured from the action, and 5 was handed out for that. I understand based on it being a 2nd head infraction, 10 would be a good guess.

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I love his will to defend.

I say 10 games since Labardo ain't hurt and you have to send a head shot message, but it would've/should've been more if he does get hurt.

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I love that he did that. He didn't even think twice about lining the guy up with a big hit and then fighting him right away. He saw that the guy hit his goalie and he just reacted. Good for him!

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I wanted a Markstrom jersey, but Gudbranson is awesome...... looks like m getting both this kid is going to change everything.

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Anyone read Fialkovs blog about this situation? Apparently Santos said there won't be any 18 or 19 year olds playing for the Panthers anymore.

http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports...nthers/2011/01

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Anyone read Fialkovs blog about this situation? Apparently Santos said there won't be any 18 or 19 year olds playing for the Panthers anymore.

http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports...nthers/2011/01
Oh there's goes the cup, right? Not a big deal...

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Anyone read Fialkovs blog about this situation? Apparently Santos said there won't be any 18 or 19 year olds playing for the Panthers anymore.

http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports...nthers/2011/01
Well, i'm wary of people who quote without quoting, and Fialkov does this in the linked article. It's actually extremely irresponsible and i really don't know what to say about a 'professional' journalist pulling something like that.

But i agree with the sentiment. We shouldn't have kids playing with the big club because it can easily hinder their development, as we've seen in the past. But i'll bet Guds earns a spot on the roster next season.

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er....I don't like what Santos said. Take a look at how effective the other 18-19 year olds have been this year (Skinner/Hall) to name a few. I don't think a year in the minors would be beneficial to Gudbranson.

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I agree with vicious out of control defense men. If we are going to lose at least give Mike Richards a concussion.

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Anyone read Fialkovs blog about this situation? Apparently Santos said there won't be any 18 or 19 year olds playing for the Panthers anymore.

http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports...nthers/2011/01
Right on.

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I agree with vicious out of control defense men. If we are going to lose at least give Mike Richards a concussion.

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