VIDEO: Jordin Tootoo suspended two games for hit on Ryan Miller

Jordin Tootoo (Leanne Charles)

The National Hockey League has suspended Nashville Predators forward Jordin Tootoo two games for his hit on Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller.

The incident took place during Buffalo’s 3-2 win on Saturday night inside Bridgestone Arena.

The maximum suspension Tootoo could’ve received was five games, per league rules. If a player facing disciplinary action has a hearing with the league via phone, the maximum sentence in five games. If a player is summoned to the NHL offices, the sky’s the limit.

The NHL’s head disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan announced the ruling this afternoon.

Shanahan’s official video explanation is below.

I originally said he’d get five games. Some Preds fans thought he shouldn’t get anything at all. So, is a two game suspension just? Is it excessive? Is it not enough? Tell us in the comment section below.

PHOTO CREDIT: Leanne Charles // special to section303.com (used with permission)

5 Comments

  1. stevio51

    December 6, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    No suspension should have been handed out. Toots was trying to crash the net and he got pushed. He deserved the punches but that’s all he deserved.

  2. JustinKoehn

    December 6, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    While i do somewhat agree with the two game suspension, the more i look at the video it does seem like the collision was unavoidable. It was made to look worse when he was airborne from the initial contact with Miller, and the announcers really played it hard when it happened. This suspension was definitely enforced to make an example of Tootoo

  3. RandyTatel

    December 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    according to league rules miller should have been penalized for his involvement in the fight using the tools of his trade…this is bogus – in slo-mo you can see him get pushed, and his “launch” was a best effort to minimize the contact…there was everything to lose if it was an intentional action and if you know toots post-rehab you know he had no intent to harm a goalie…if miller hadn’t just gotten back from a concussion we wouldn’t be here…it’s a case of context rather than rule enforcement…

  4. Weintraut

    December 6, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Under all of the circumstances, two games was about as good as Toots was going to come out of this. I don’t think any “push” or “hook” caused the problem, just crashing the net, and ran out of room.. No place else to go..

  5. bracurrie

    December 6, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Tootoo took a chance. I hope he keeps his edge. I want him taking chances to make plays. If Miller had been hurt then I could see this, but he wasn’t. Toots past was cited and I believe was the only reason he received the two game suspension.