Anton Volchenkov of the New Jersey Devils has a phone hearing today at 10:45 with the Department of Player Safety for his hit on Brad Marchand in the second period of last night’s game against the Boston Bruins. Volchenkov was assessed a major penalty for elbowing and a game misconduct. Marchand left the game after the hit and did not return. (For updates on Volchenkov’s suspension and Marchand’s condition follow us on twitter @TMMotS).
When you watch this hit it is almost certain that Volchenkov will be suspended. He leads with his elbow and makes undeniable contact with Marchand’s head. This brings me back to the Rick Nash hit from a while back that did not result in a suspension and my argument about discipline for these kind of hits (if you don’t know what I’m talking about check out this article). I still believe that supplementary discipline needs to be set in stone. If you hit a player in the head you are automatically suspended for a set number of days. There should be no way for you to argue a case, a hit to the head is a hit to the head and all cases should be treated the same.