BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic will not be suspended or fined for his hit on Sabres goalie Ryan Miller on Saturday.
Lucic had a hearing with NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Hockey Operations Brendan Shanahan on Monday, who decided against any discipline.
“I had the hearing because I did make an initial assessment of the play as I do with all plays, but I did have some questions for Milan and I wanted to hear directly from him,” Shanahan told NHL.com. “They were regarding his intent; at what point did he know there was going to be a collision; and whether or not he felt he had the time to avoid the collision. I was satisfied with his answers.”
General Manager Peter Chiarelli released the following statement regarding the league’s decision:
“We are satisfied with the NHL’s announcement that there will be no suspension or fine for Milan, and we respect the process that the League took to reach this decision. I am also proud that Milan took the high road, and chose not to engage in an exchange of words after the unfortunate comments that were made about him following the game.”
Lucic was assessed a minor penalty for charging after colliding with Miller, who went out of his crease to get a loose puck.
“The minor penalty called on the ice was the correct call,” said Shanahan. “And, while it’s unfortunate that Miller was hurt I saw nothing egregious about this hit that would elevate it to supplemental discipline.”
Miller has been diagnosed with a concussion, and is out indefinitely.
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