Haggerty: Brad Marchand Won’t Face Discipline For Boarding Sean Monahan
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BOSTON (CBS) – Bruins forward Brad Marchand was called for boarding at 15:28 of the second period during last night’s 2-0 win over the Calgary Flames at the TD Garden.
Marchand was penalized for hitting the Flames’ Sean Monahan from behind and sent to the box for two minutes, and despite his reputation as an agitator and someone with numerous past incidents, Marchand will not face league discipline for the call, according to CSNNE insider Joe Haggerty.
“I spoke with the league and there’s going to be no hearing or anything on the Marchand-Monahan hit last night. It was kind of ugly but just the two-minute penalty – that’s it,” said Haggerty on Wednesday morning.
Haggs was a guest of the Toucher and Rich show Wednesday morning and spoke briefly with Hardy and Flynn about the hit towards the end of the interview.
He also talked about Shawn Thornton’s suspension appeal and what he expects will happen there.
“It’s going to be difficult for the league [to uphold the suspension],” Haggerty said. “They want to, at all costs, avoid going to that independent arbiter, the next step after Gary Bettman that nobody’s ever tried yet. To avoid that there may be a couple of games knocked off the suspension. I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility.
“Do I think it’s going to happen? No. But it’s possible given the scenarios and factors going into it. It’s going to be fascinating to see what happens.”
Thornton was handed the suspension on Saturday afternoon for his actions a week earlier against Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik.
Thornton’s 15-game suspension is the longest regular-season ban handed out during Brendan Shanahan’s tenure at the department of player safety.
Thornton will meet with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Friday morning.
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