San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Ecouard Vlasic appeared to spear Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson on Dec. 14th. It was behind the play and it was viscous. The spear did not hit Karlsson, but would have been devastating if it did. The league fined Vlasic $5000 for the play. Is this fair? What should the punishment be? The league does have its hands tied a bit because of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Where is the respect between players? I just do not understand why dangerous attacks like this continue.
The rule clearing states that a Spear should be called regardless if it hits the player or misses the player. I guess the question is – did the official see this or not?
NHL Press Release: Dec 16, 2016
SHARKS’ VLASIC FINED FOR DANGEROUS USE OF THE STICK
San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, during NHL Game No. 441 in Ottawa on Wednesday, Dec. 14, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced.
The incident occurred at 19:04 of the second period.