Canucks Say Rome Suspension ‘Not The Right Call’

BOSTON (CBS) – After word of Aaron Rome’s four-game suspension for his hit on Bruins forward Nathan Horton came down Tuesday, the Canucks vocally rushed to their teammates defense.

“We disagree with the decision, and it was a clean hit,” Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin said. “Talking to Aaron was extremely emotional. When you get to this point in the playoffs, you want to be a part of it on the ice, and Romer didn’t deserve what he got.”

Read: Rome Wishes Horton “Quick And Full Recovery”

“It seems like four games is pretty excessive in the Stanley Cup finals,” Canucks Keith Ballard said. “We’re losing a guy who has played in a lot of situations for us, so it’s tough.”

“I feel for Aaron right now,” said Sedin. “As much as you don’t want to see a guy go down like Horton, this is the way it is. I know the guys we have in the room. We’re honest guys. We’re hard-working guys. We’re a tight group. If people on the outside say what they want to say, that’s fine. Aaron has been a big part of this team. He’s an honest player.”

In the first period of Monday night’s Game 3, Horton was hit by Rome after making a  pass. Rome came from the blindside, lowered his shoulder and flattened Horton — the kind of hit the NHL has tried to eliminate.

Still, the Canucks do not feel the punishment fits the crime.

“I do know at the end of the day, we hope that the young man regains his health,” Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said of Horton, but promptly disagreed with the ruling. “I do think at the end of the day also it was a north/south play, Chara to Horton, he made a pass to Lucic. He was looking at his pass. Aaron was a tad late. Aaron isn’t a dirty player, never has been, never will be. It was a hit that unfortunately turned bad.”

Read/Watch: Bruins On Rome Suspension: “Doesn’t Bring Nathan Back”

“In my opinion, it’s not the right call,” said Vigneault. “We’re real disappointed the player got hurt. But it was a north/south play. It was a little bit late. But anybody that’s played this game knows that you have to make a decision in a fraction of a second. He’s engaged in the hit. I don’t know how the league could come up with that decision really.”

“I think as a group we don’t agree with the suspension,” Manny Malahotra said. “I’ll leave it at that.”

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  1. Frank Davis says:

    Ok Vancouver, what is the right call? Rome did a hit that NHL is trying to prevent and they’ve warned about those kind of hits. So he commited that hit and took one of the Bruins’ players out for the rest of the series. I would say it is fair but it it fair to Horton? He’s not playing because he took a cheap hit.

  2. Bill f says:

    Just go to show you the arrogance of this French Canadian Hockey Team and their coach. When you can claim that was a clean hit and the video shows you undeniably that it was not. It’s a she and an embarassmemt to the National Hockey League.

  3. Greg R says:

    The Canucks and the all of the damn Canadian hockey teams act like their world has been ended when big hits like this happen to any of their players. Remember Chara’s hit on Max Pacioretty? Canadians wanted Chara to undergo criminal investigation. You don’t see any Boston fans rioting like the Montreal fans did.

    The Sedin twins might be talented but they should NEVER be allowed to speak in public. Couple of morons. “Talking to Aaron was extremely emotional. When you get to this point in the playoffs, you want to be a part of it on the ice, and Romer didn’t deserve what he got.” Are you serious? Talk to Nathan Horton, see if he’s extremely emotional. He isn’t some 3rd line plug like Rome.

    Rome got what he deserved. Drop you shoulder into someone almost 3 strides after they pass the puck and leave your skates to deliver the hit? 4 game suspension is 100% warranted. 100%

  4. Jim Haines says:

    BS VANCOUVER! It was blind side hit and as dirty as the one on Savard last year in Pittsburgh! You’re man should be expelled for the rest of the playoffs. He got off light in my opinion. Clean hit my Aunt Fanny!

  5. Scape says:

    Actually, the league is trying to get rid of a lot of hits that are going on in these playoffs, such as the one Ference did on Sedin, but obviously not all the hits end up with concussions or severe injuries. Please do not assume the Bruins are a pristine never dirty team. I’m ok with handing down sentences based on the consequence of the crime, I’m just annoyed by the inconsistency of the league. They should of clamped down on Cooke on Savard hit way back and should not have waited until now (Yes a rule did exist at the time: intent to injure as Cherry says). That being said, using the same criteria, Chara should have been suspended for a few games for his hit on Pacioretty: It was late, illegal (there was an interference penalty on the play), and was severe (Pacioretty ended up missing games) but he received nothing – that could of changed the series itself.
    Actually Greg, people who generalize all Canadians should not be allowed to speak – not the Sedins.

  6. MULL says:

    SO WOULD YOU SAY THEY WERE JUST A “TAD” LATE WITH THE ‘COOKE on SAVARD’ RULING. WHY IS IT THAT WHEN PEOPLE (OF COURSE, NOT CANADIAN TEAMS, LIKE MONTREAL OR SAY VANCOUVER) SEEM GUILTY AND KNOW THE GUILT THEY ALWAYS JUSTIFY THINGS WITH “WELL, YES IT WAS WRONG BUT JUST BY A LITTLE BIT!” UNLESS OF COURSE AS HAS BEEN ACKNOWLEDGED, IT HAPPENS TO THEM. THEN THERE NEEDS TO BE INQUIRIES, INVESTIGATIONS, CRIMINAL CHARGES…

  7. Kayla says:

    Canucks lost Rome, Bruins lost Horton. I don’t see how this isn’t fair. A tad late? On a hit that was not clean, in any way? Rome made a not clean, illegal hit, and deserves punishment. Horton did nothing wrong, but is out for the series. Each team lost a valuable player, and I’m glad Rome will miss the series. The Canucks need to realize that being a tad late almost made someone a vegetable, and the hit was never clean, and quite illegal. Rome did it to himself, I think the punishment was fair, Rome made Horton miss the playoffs, it’s only fair he does too.

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