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303 QUICK POLL: Is Bobby Ryan’s penalty just?

Bobby Ryan was suspended for two games for using his skate blade as a weapon against Jon Blum in Game 2 of the Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks’ Western Conference Quarterfinal.

Hockey experts and pundits have been all over the board on this. Some think he should’ve just gotten a fine, others thought he should’ve been suspended for the entire first round, and some think two games was just right.

So what say you Preds and Ducks fans? Is Ryan’s two-game ban a just sentence for his actions? Weigh in with your opinion in the comments section below!


  1. hunter

    April 17, 2011 at 11:27 am

    yes, I thought it would be more … like somewhere in between pronger’s 8 & simon’s 30

  2. mommakaye

    April 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Yes. Skates make too good a weapon. Line banning their use as such should be carly and firmly drawn.

  3. duane duke

    April 17, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I think it is one game to many because the refs have not gotten anything right in these past two game. Tootoo was crossed checked into the boards and jo penalty was called. The goal that was xcalled a no goal was a horrible call. Maybe the refs had to start somewhere and maybe this is the nhl sendin.g a signal to all teams. This was typed from my phone so sorry for any errors

  4. mommakaye

    April 17, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Sorry for mistype. Rules on skate use penalties should be CLEARLY stated and enforced.

  5. Stevio51

    April 17, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I think it was the right call by the league. Two games is just right.

  6. Zack

    April 17, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    It’s difficult. One one hand, it’s a pretty mundane sounding action, and Blum didn’t get hurt. Hard to justify a suspension based on that when people are getting blasted left and right to the head.

    That said, I think they were passing on the suspension for the sheer intention only. It’s pretty obvious that this wasn’t incidental, or a check that just happened to injure someone. It was a deliberate, malicious act.

    Two games? Sure. That feels right. If I was the guy handing out suspensions, after watching the video, I would’ve done something from 2-4 games.

  7. Lotte

    April 17, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Yes, 2 games was exactly right. After all, these are the Playoffs and 2 games could mean a series. I also don’t want to compare this to the Pronger incident.

    In the end, I honestly expected just a fine because I can’t remember the last time a person got suspended for hurting one of our guys so to get a 2 games suspension is pretty amazing. Now, let’s hope that it doesn’t put the Ducks into überkill mode.

  8. darren yelton

    April 17, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I wasn’t surprised at all that it wasn’t called on the ice. After sitting in the Arena those 2 games in 2006 vs. the Sharks I’m actually surprised when something DOES get called on our opponent. Blum wasn’t injured, but the intent was there so I think it should have been at least a little closer to Pronger’s. More than 2 games, no more than 8.

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