Kings defenseman Denis Gauthier has been suspended five games as a result of a hit he put on Montreal’s Josh Gorges on January 31st, 2009. You can see the hit here:
This is the third suspension for Gauthier. He was previously suspended two games for kneeing Vancouver’s Sami Salo back in 2003.Â Here’s what Todd Bertuzzi, then of the Canucks, had to say about that play: “He (Gauthier) has been way over the line for how long? That’s not how you play hockey; that’s dirt. Playing hockey is hitting guys clean, not going for knees and hurting people.”
I’ll have much more on this in this week’s episode of the Puck Podcast but I’m interested in your thoughts as well. Was the suspension fair? Should it have been shorter? Should it have been longer?