A phone hearing likely means 4 games or less. Which is bullshit. But keep in mind, suspensions in the playoffs are usually half the number of games they are for the regular season. So if the league were going to give him 4 games during the season for that hit, it would be about 2 games for the playoffs.
That was one of the worst hits I have ever seen against the boards. It was violently nasty...and painful to watch. It was a blatant disregard to avoid the head, he came in hard looking to destroy Backes with his head down, he launched himself up and into Backes' head, leaving his skates. It was a ridiculously dirty hit. It was charging, interference and a high hit all wrapped into one. You don't go into a hit like that the way he did because you greatly increase your chances of not being able to let up if the puck isn't there or adjust to avoid the head if Backes turns. It was reckless, dangerous and irresponsible...and just plain stupid of Seabrook.
And another thing...
I'm livid at Olczyk in trying to justify the hit and how it should be legal because he saw one skate still barely touching the ice when he made contact. On the replay, he almost excitedly states that Seabrook's skate was still barely on the ice...so it was a clean hit. Then the other guys jumped in and pointed out the principle point of contact was the head...they seemed stunned Olczyk would say that.
I hate Olczyk. When I was up in the press box for a Blues-Hawks game a couple years ago, I passed Olczyk in the hall. I said "Hey Eddie...and put out my hand to shake his hand...he looked at me and kept walking." I kind of laughed, because I never liked him anyway...but he just confirmed the way I felt about him.
Anyway, during game #2, he was making subtle comments all game long the showed his bias...like he was watching the game through hawk-colored glasses (whatever the f*ck color that is). It was seriously pissing me off.
That's a photo of Seabrook smiling/laughing after the hit...f*ck that guy. What a complete douchebag. I knew Keith was dirty, but I was always indifferent about Seabrook...but not anymore. What a piece of trash he is. He said he was sorry for the hit...yeah...he looks real sorry.
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