It would seem that Brendan Shanahan will have to make yet another call to the Buffalo Sabres due to an illegal head hit. The culprit this time around is 6 foot 8 Tyler Myers after he levelled Dainius Zubrus into the boards during last night’s win.
At 6 foot 8, how can one really fault Myers for hitting anyone smaller than him? Standing straight up his elbow is virtually at the height of a lot of player’s heads, sometimes these hits are a result of a bigger man and a smaller man doing battle. Is that the case with the Myers hit or will Myers see some form of Shanaban for his hit?
Here’s some video of the hit which Myers laid on Zubrus.
Here it is again in gif. form.
While it’s hard to criticize a player nicknamed the gentle giant for a hard body check, it does appear that Tyler Myers left the ice as he lunged towards the opposing players head. Myers was given just a 2 minute minor penalty during the game but the New Jersey Devils were not at all happy with the hit after the game.
One would have to believe that the height argument is virtually nullified considering Tyler Myers left the ice to deliver the hit almost
jumping into his opponents head. My thoughts on the hit? Well they’re summed up in one simple tweet;
TYLER MYERS YOU ARE NINE FEET TALL WHY WOULD YOU NEED TO JUMP INTO ANYONE #Sabres
— Eric Schmitz (@3rdManIn) January 5, 2014
There is very little rhyme or reason for any player to jump into an opposing player to deliver a hit, but even less reason for a player who’s stature is over 6 foot 5 to jump into a player to lay a hit. Not to mention he lunges upwards towards the head of Zubrus.
I love the fact that Myers was trying to make a strong play along the boards as he re-finds and learns the physical aspect to his game once again, but it’s hard to not see suspension after looking at the gif. 500 times. It sure seems to be everything the league is trying to get rid of. Leaving the ice, hit to the head and a slight elbow.
But the Buffalo Sabres and Tyler Myers may win out on a technicality.
— Brad Riter (@BradRiter) January 5, 2014
If I was Myers, I’d be waiting by the phone for a call from Shanahan, but I don’t run the NHL discipline centre nor do I pretend to know what goes on with the forces that do. All that matters right now is what the NHL thinks about the hit, oh yeah, and what you the readers think about the hit.
Do you think Myers will get suspended for his hit? Myers has been suspended once before so he is a repeat offender, will that weigh into to the debate? Vote in the poll and then in the comments either argue why he shouldn’t be suspended or how many games he will get.