Boston Bruins: Max Talbot Gets Two For Hit On Jiri Tlusty


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Boston Bruins: Max Talbot Gets Two For Hit On Jiri Tlusty

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The National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today that Boston Bruins forward Max Talbot will be suspended for the next two games for what they claim to be a case of extreme lateness coupled with a predatory nature on his hit against the New Jersey Devils Jiri Tlusty last night. The ban followed a phone hearing between league officials and Talbot.

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  • This hit occurred midday through the second period of a game the Bruins eventually won, 2-1, in a shootout. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on Talbot’s average annual salary, (he has a cap hit of $765,000) Talbot will forfeit $19,354.84. Hopefully his Christmas shopping was already concluded. The money from the fine goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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    Talbot is a player who has never had more than 66 minutes in penalties in a season in his 10 year career.  Known as an honest hockey player, his hit last night on Tlusty may have been more bad timing than doing an impersonation of Matt Cooke hitting Marc Savard.  Tlusty lost a tooth. Savard lost the rest of his career.

    Talbot has never been suspended before, and for him the timing is poor. He finally scored his first goal of the season last week, and his line has been contributing to the recent success of the team. He was even one of the players selected last night to participate in the shootout.  It appeared that his constant shuttle between Providence and Boston may have come to an end, and hopefully this two game ban doesn’t stop his momentum.

    Hopefully the Bruins can fill in Max Talbot in the lineup efficiently for the two games, otherwise their hot streak might come to an end sooner rather than later.