Weise lat­est fear­some Flyer to be sus­pended

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Rob Par­ent rpar­ent @21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Reluc­tan­tSE on Twit­ter

The big bad, bruis­ing Fly­ers ... well, maybe not big ... might have seemed like they were pushed around a lit­tle in their last cou­ple of games, and they might be hear­ing and read­ing sto­ries about their lack of size ... yet they are the league lead­ers in dis­ci­plinary slaps.

Check­ing line for­ward Dale Weise is the lat­est of­fender, sus­pended by the NHL’s De­part­ment of Player Safety Fri­day for three games stem­ming from a hit to the head of Ana­heim’s Korbinian Holzer in the Ducks’ 3-2 vic­tory at Wells Fargo Cen­ter Thurs­day. Weise was not pe­nal­ized and Holzer was not hurt. He made a rather bril­liant pass to Ryan Gar­butt for the win­ning goal in the third pe­riod.

In lay­ing down the penalty, a video state­ment re­leased by the league said Weise turned and checked Holzer, but did so in an in­ap­pro­pri­ate fash­ion.

Weise made Holzer’s head “the main point of con­tact on a hit where such head con­tact was avoid­able,” ac­cord­ing to the video.

It went on to say Weise “extends up and into the head of Holzer, de­liv­er­ing a blow to the head and knock­ing him to the ice. This is an il­le­gal check to the head . ... Rather than stay­ing low and hit­ting squarely through his op­po­nent’s body, Weise extends his body un­nec­es­sar­ily up­ward and makes Holzer’s head the main point of con­tact.”

It’s the sec­ond time in his ca­reer that Weise, who played 173 NHL games with four clubs be­fore join­ing the Fly­ers, was sus­pended for an il­le­gal check to the head area.

He’s also the third Flyer to be serv­ing a sus­pen­sion this sea­son, even if the sea­son is all of four games old.

Bray­den Schenn just re­turned from a three-game va­ca­tion, earned via a high hit on T.J. Oshie dur­ing the sixth and fi­nal play­off game against Wash­ing­ton last April.

Radko Gu­das earned a six-game sus­pen­sion for a check on Rangers rookie Jimmy Ve­sey in a pre­sea­son game, and now Weise will join him on de­ten­tion row.

All this nas­ti­ness from a club that so many Twit­ter crit­ics have al­ready judged to be too small?

“I don’t think it’s a prob­lem,” Shayne Gostis­be­here said of the size is­sue af­ter the Ana­heim loss. “I mean, we just got done with L.A. (a sea­son-open­ing win last Fri­day), and they’re an­other big team. I think we can play with any team in the NHL, of course. But, no I don’t think size is any dif­fer­ence. It’s play­mak­ing and it’s our readi­ness of the game.”

Ex­pect Ro­man Lyu­bi­mov to take Weise’s place in the lineup Satur­day night when the Fly­ers host the Carolina Pan­thers.

TOM MIHALEK — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Ana­heim’s Ryan Gar­butt cel­e­brates what would be his game-win­ning goal in the third pe­riod, af­ter he con­verted on a ter­rific pass by Korbinian Holzer. Watch­ing him is the Fly­ers’ Dale Weise, un­aware that his ear­lier hit on Holzer was go­ing to war­rant a sus­pen­sion.

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