Brad Marchand will have a disciplinary hearing via phone tomorrow with Brendan Shanahan. The topic of discussion will be Marchand’s clipping penalty yesterday. The incident resulted in a five-minute major and a game misconduct for Marchand. Sami Salo was injured on the play. According to Vancouver GM Mike Gillis, Salo suffered a concussion.
Because the hearing will take place via phone, any suspension would be five games or less.
Marchand said he saw Salo approaching and was defending himself against a possible hit. Based on reviews of the replay, Marchand believed his point of contact was above Salo’s knees.
“I did go under him,” Marchand said. “But I felt the base contact was about his hip point. That’s usually a pretty legal hit from what I’ve seen in the past. I have no idea how the league feels about it. I guess we’ll see.”
Marchand said he’s thrown similar hits as an NHLer. In the Stanley Cup Final, Marchand upended Daniel Sedin in a similar fashion. Marchand was not penalized then.
Marchand is considered a repeat offender. Marchand was fined $2,500 for slew-footing Matt Niskanen earlier this season. Marchand was not suspended. Last year, Marchand drew a two-game suspension for elbowing R.J. Umberger in the back of the head.
Marchand expressed remorse that Salo was injured.