Thursday, January 26, 2017

Marchand Fined $10K for Slewfoot on Kronwall

Brad Marchand picked up a $10K fine for the above slewfoot on Niklas Kronwall during Boston's 4-3 win over the Red Wings on Tuesday at TD Garden.

Marchand has been suspended once and fined once for similar incidents, but the word on the street is that the NHL Dept. of Player safety probably didn't see this as one of the more egregious slewfoot infractions because Marchand didn't use his arms to dump Kronwall.

The language of the DOPS tweet says it all--they don't consider this a slew-foot. It's a "dangerous trip" to them.

Are they spot-on with this assessment?

Here's the definition of slewfooting, per the NHL rulebook:

Slew-footing - Slew-footing is the act of a player using his leg or foot to knock or kick an opponent’s feet from under him, or pushes an opponent’s upper body backward with an arm or elbow, and at the same time with a forward motion of his leg, knocks or kicks the opponent’s feet from under him, causing him to fall violently to the ice.

You be the judge (you know you want to).