Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Marchand Slewfoots Kronwall, and Will Face Hearing

Brad Marchand got Niklas Kronwall with this sneaky slewfoot during the second period of Tuesday night's Bruins-Red Wings game at TD Center. The play went unnoticed and uncalled by the refs, and Kronwall was not injured.

Today it was reported that Marchand would have a hearing for what the NHL's Department of Safety is terming a "dangerous trip."

According to Sportsnet:

Marchand has had his issues with slew footing in the past and has been fined or suspended on two different occasions. He was fined $2,500 during the 2011-12 season for his slew foot of former Penguins defenceman Matt Niskanen, and was suspended two games during the 2014-15 season for doing the same to then-Rangers forward Derick Brassard.

The problem for those eager to vilify Marchand for the hit is that many are saying it doesn't really fit the definition of slewfoot.

According to the NHL rule book, however, what Marchand did seems to fit the definition:

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.