NHL Video: Senators Eric Gryba’s hit on Canadiens Lars Eller

The NHL will be having a hearing with Ottawa Senators defenseman Eric Gryba for his hit on Montreal Canadiens Lars Eller. Eller suffered a concussion, to go along with facial and dental fractures.

Former NHL referee breaks down the hit in the video.

Do you think he should be suspended? If so, how many games do you think he SHOULD get? How many games WILL he get? (state if you are a Canadiens fan or not)

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  1. #1 by Steve at May 3rd, 2013

    I’m copying a comment from another site : I feel bad for Eller and hope he’ll be OK, but man, it looks like a glancing blow at best. Eller had the puck on his stick. Gryba’s skates never left the ice, arm tucked at his side. led with his shoulder. Really not a nasty hit except for the result – unless I am really seeing it wrong. Sometimes in a fast, physical game bad things happen that aren’t anybody’s fault. I’ll allow that maybe I’m not seeing what Leahy sees, but if there’s a suspension, I’d be very interested in Shanny’s explanation.
    And Also : Nasty hit, but not suspension worthy. If anyone should be suspended it’s Diaz for that suicide pass. Way to get Eller killed there Raph!

  2. #2 by Shane at May 3rd, 2013

    Hockey is a contact sport. This was a legal hit, no suspension. Refs made a mistake calling the penalty.

  3. #3 by Steve at May 3rd, 2013

    Only penalty should have been Eller foe delay of game.

  4. #4 by Leaf_Fan at May 3rd, 2013

    as bad as the result is, it was a perfectly good play/hit no suspension i think… the 5min was a bit harsh too, but they kinda had to based on what happened

  5. #5 by Steve 2 at May 3rd, 2013

    I was watching it live and am not a fan of either team. I was incensed with the call since it was obvious on replay that it was a clean hit, even live it looked clean. I think Eller was out cold when he hit the ice and the ice caused the bleeding. The only call should have been an immediate whistle for an injured player, no penalty should have been assessed. However, I think being that the game was in Montreal, the refs made the call to save themselves.

  6. #6 by B's Forever at May 3rd, 2013

    Obviously not a Habs fan, I think that this is a case of an injury calling a penalty/suspension as a result. It seemed to be a legal hit, and Eller was knocked out from contact to the head after the original contact(like Landeskog by Stuart). The ice is what did most of the damage to Lars. Feel terrible that it happened, but shouldn’t be a suspension.

  7. #7 by hotwings at May 3rd, 2013

    as mentioned on hockey central today… when the refs called the penalty, they gave him 5 mins for INTERFERENCE — which means, that they didn’t really know what to call it and that the only reason he got 5 mins, was because the hit was devastating enough. The hit obviously wasn’t interference, nor could you call it a penalty under any other name.

    refs got it wrong. shanahan gets it wrong yet again.

    it is obviously diaz’s fault for sending the pass… and eller’s fault for not having his head up — at the blue line no less, nor being aware..

    i think it was just a clean hard hockey hit, and that eller/diaz are culpable. hockey hits happen all the time in games, but 99% of the time, the other player knows it is coming and doesnt have his head down.. its part of the responsibility of playing the game with men over 6 feet, 200+lbs… same concept applies in US football.. you have to be aware…

  8. #8 by Leaf_Fan at May 3rd, 2013

    2 games? WOWOWOWOWOOWOW i can’t believe this

  9. #9 by D at May 3rd, 2013

    wow, i guess shanny doesnt remember why they call it a suicide pass. technically it should be a homicide pass, either way his judgement was way off on this one.

  10. #10 by hotwings at May 3rd, 2013

    and another thing..

    with the 2 game suspension, shanahan has made it clear that he doesnt understand the *basics*…

    btw pj stock isnt done talking, shhh

  11. #11 by Ian Chin at May 5th, 2013

    If this CLEAN HIT (with an ugly result) warrants a 2 game playoff suspension, I have to think Justin Abdelkader’s drilling of Toni Lydman merits at least 4 games… but I don’t think for a second Shanahan would do that to Ken Holland.

    I’ll be mildly shocked if Abdelkader gets one game, with Shanahan citing randomly that the proper penalty was assessed on the ice.

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