Revenge on Edmonton's Hall for his cheap hit may have to wait

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 2, 2013 - 6:52 PM

Oilers star Taylor Hall, who kneed Cal Clutterbuck, isn't certain to play. And Wild tough guy Zenon Konopka could sit, too.

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wilcwmMar. 2, 13 7:22 PM

Brad May handled it the right way after his cheap shot to Kim Johnsson. In his first game against the Wild the next year, he agreed to a fight Boogey and that was the end of it. I am not saying Hall should fight Rupp or Konopka, but if he traded shots with say Stoner, he would not have to look over his shoulder wondering when retribution was coming.

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lindy_frank123Mar. 2, 13 7:51 PM

@wilcwm...it's not gonna happen...this kid/Hall is not a fighter...it's not that simple....once again...if the NHL wants new fans then this fighting "game" has to go..

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bhrnew1lMar. 2, 13 7:53 PM

@wilcwn, The hit by Taylor Hall was barely worth consideration of a fine, the hit by Brad May was criminal, nothing less than a 10 to 15 game suspension should have happened to Brad May, we don't even want to get into what the actual suspension was..... Whether Taylor Hall plays or not does not even matter, go after the team and play hard,you can't revenge Taylor Hall as he is a big name first round pick just like MA Barker, throw some hard hits I say, it will give them all a reason to provide the fans a show for a change.... To Wild fans, enjoy the moment/game as they don't come often with this management, the Wild should be motivated to play, maybe for a couple of periods heheheheh

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skeptikMar. 2, 13 8:03 PM

At this time, I don't much care what happens to Hall, if he even plays, when the Oil comes to town on Sunday. I do however love these stories involving Konopka. Please do keep these stories coming.

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percyroy12Mar. 2, 13 8:42 PM

The Oil are not going to let Hall fight, plain and simple. And they shouldn't, even if he goes to them and says "let me stand up for myself". You don't want Hall getting injured first and foremost and also you don't want a guy like him in the box for 5 minutes. The best way to get payback is with a clean hard hit on him. Maybe put a little extra into the hit, but still do it cleanly so you don't get penalized.

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AllweathrfanMar. 3, 13 1:32 AM

Agreed knight, it is foolish that the league won't allow the players to police their game like they did for around 100 years. I guarantee if they took the instigator penalty out the sticks and head shots would go away. Make these fake-o tough guys like Hall answer for their temper tantrums.

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mrblueskyMar. 3, 13 6:21 AM

I am thinking CC "didnt feel like taking a cheap shot either." I think a relentless pounding of clean check after clean check would suffice. To bad CC is out, he is one of the hardest, cleanest hitters in the league. We can wait until CC comes back. We will be playing Edmonton a lot in the years to come. Going to the game tonight, expecting a physical match with the Wild winning by 3. Yep, thats right, you heard it here first!

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wisstinks4Mar. 3, 13 8:15 AM

First of all his knee job to Clutterbuck was dirty and should be reinforced, "you cant do that without and injure a player." I hope someone puts good solid, legal hits on the guy all night. I hope a few guys let him know about it too (verbal reminders go a long way in the NHL) and in the end I really hope the North Stars can win the game.

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MKIAhockey130johnMar. 3, 13 8:15 AM

@ bluesky... The Oilers have 15 million dollars in cap space, compared to the Wilds 1 million, the Oilers wanted Heatley back a few years ago but Heatley did not want them. Things are different now, wonder if the Oilers still want him Bluesky? Really the difference in the rosters is the Wild are spending for Heatley 7.5 million and Cullen 3.5 million and Seto 3 million, that makes up the difference in spending between the two teams

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randdlottMar. 3, 13 8:36 AM

Hall will be off his game if he plays knowing in the back of his mind the hits will be coming. Fighting him will do no good but making him think all game that a big hit is coming will make him ineffective all night. Go Wild!

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