• December 1, 2022

Zolnierczyk Suspended Four Games

Harry Zolnierczyk 2The Philadelphia Flyers gained an invaluable two points in Saturday’s 2-1 win against the Ottawa Senators as they continue to fight for playoff positioning in the standings.

As a result of a reckless check from forward Harry Zolnierczyk in the first period of that game, though, the team will be without his services for at least four games.

Per Brendan Shanahan:

“During the first period… Flyers’ forward Harry Zolnierczyk was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for charging Ottawa defenseman Mike Lundin. As the video shows, as Lundin carries the puck through the neutral zone, Zolnierczyk comes onto the ice for a line change. As Lundin enters the offensive zone, he cuts to the middle and dishes the puck to his wing. Zolnierczyk, who has Lundin lined up, moves in for the head. However, instead of delivering a hard, legal check, he launches prior to the check, making significant contact to Lundin’s head. This is charging.”

Shanahan acknowledges that players still need to be aware of where their opponents are on the ice, which is probably why Harry Z avoided punishment for his hit against Washington Capitals forward Mathieu Perreault in the previous game. In this case, though, it was an easily suspendable hit that resulted in a concussion to Lundin.

The loss of Zolnierczyk is compounded by the news that Tye McGinn is now expected to miss four weeks instead of two weeks and Tom Sestito is now property of the Vancouver Canucks. In the short term, Mike Knuble will likely return to the line-up against the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

I have been asked often why Eric Wellwood isn’t back with the Flyers in light of all these injuries. He would be the best replacement as an “energy” fourth liner, but I still believe the team has reservations about recalling him, based on their past record. Their next best forward is Marcel Noebels, who plays more of a “skill” game than that of a role player.

For what it’s worth, Wellwood scored his 6th goal and 12th point in 43 games this afternoon against the Albany Devils. The Adirondack Phantoms lost 3-2 in regulation, with a 1-6-1 record in their last 8 games.

Josh Janet

Josh Janet was raised in Northern New Jersey, but by an odd set of circumstances, is a Philadelphia sports fan. While recently converted to the Phillies, Josh is a diehard Flyers fan and can be expected to stay on top of the latest NHL news.

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March 3, 2013 6:39 pm

Too much for the hit, but when you get called to the principals office twice in a week you usually wind up with more then a “don’t do it again”. It’s too bad as he has been a good energy guy. I still don’t think there was a head shot but he did launch, had this been his first call to Shanny, I bet it would have been only a game.

March 3, 2013 7:29 pm

i like hockey, respect hockey players, and i can take a hit and dish it out, but this cheap shit stuff that took out lindros by stevens and this hit by zolny, thers no place for it in a mans game, be a man, hit a man when he sees you, he deserves the suspension, he left his feet and went for the head i would beat the living hell out of this guy if he tried it to me

March 4, 2013 8:06 am

Agreed Jake, dude is a goon pure and simple. Eff the high energy crap, he is going out there to hurt players on the other team. He brings nothing else to the table. Call me whatever, but I hate this type of play.

March 4, 2013 10:19 am
Reply to  bugsyhawk

Harry Z had a bird in his ear named Craig Berube who chirped and chirped and chirped — “level players or be sent down to the AHL again ” and the AHL doesn’t pay as well

March 4, 2013 10:21 am

Sestito and McGinn are going to be missed against Boston and NY Rangers
especially Boston —