I didn’t know I was watching a basketball game when I saw Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber dribble Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg’s head against the boards during the final moments of the Wings 3-2 opening game loss Wednesday night in Nashville.
It was the final seconds of the game and the Wings were desperately trying to tie the score with an extra attacker when Weber pounded Zetterberg’s head into the boards twice. Commissioner Gary Bettman and his boy Frank Brown saw it. We all saw it and here is the way I see it. Weber should be suspended in Game 2.
But we all know that he wasn’t and it is a shame. Instead Weber was fined $2,500 which is like asking you for a quarter for punching somebody in the face. It was a slap on the wrist and really does nothing to deter this from happening again. One of the problems is the czar of punishment Brandan Shanahan is a former Red Wing and coming down on Weber might have been viewed as favoritism.
Maybe he could have taken himself off the case or made the decision by committee.
That was a vicious and dangerous move that should be punished. It was too late to call a penalty in the game. You cannot call a two-minute minor that carries over to Game 2, but you can suspend Weber. There is a lack of regard amongst NHL players. They don’t seem to care about the damage they can cause on the ice until they are off the ice. They smash opponents illegally and then step in front of the cameras with those soft voices and doe eyes and plead their innocence. And for the most part the public buys into it.
Weber said he was glad Zetterberg was not injured. I wonder if he was thinking that when he did that cross over dribble with Z’s head?
Weber said he was retaliating for a Zetterberg hit to his back. He also said Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi was busting up his teammates.
Reporters asked Weber if he thought he would be punished by the league.
“I don’t know,” he said. “He hit me from behind. So we’ll see. I don’t know.”
I really don’t care what Weber has to say. It is time for him to pay and sit for a game.
If he does not sit, which will probably be the case, then the Red Wings need to step up and rough Weber up a bit. I am not talking Darren McCarty and Claude Lemieux to start the game. But they need to send a message that this type of rough stuff to one their better players won’t be tolerated. They punked out earlier in the season when goalie Jimmy Howard got run. They cannot do it again.
Everybody knows it happened. The Wings saw it and they were talking about it. So now we get to see if there will be some justice.