Will Michael Grabner get suspended for this hit on Carolina’s Gerbe? (Video)

Kevin Schultz

The NHL announced tonight that Michael Grabner will have a phone hearing tomorrow to discuss a hit he put on Carolina’s Nathan Gerbe on Saturday night. This, of course, is a precursor for a possible suspension for Grabner. Phone hearings come with a maximum suspension of five games but do not guarantee any suspension at all. 

During the first period of Saturday’s game, Grabner came across the defensive zone and caught Gerbe as the Carolina forward took a shot on goal. Gerbe went down clutching his head but got up almost immediately and stayed in the game. Here’s the video:

Grabner isn’t a repeat offender and Gerbe wasn’t injured on the play so there is likely little, if any, punishment coming. My guess is a one-gamer for the first time offender. That’s because the principal point of contact does appear to be Grabner’s elbow on Gerbe’s head. Gerbe did lean down into a shot, so the positioning does seem to have something to do with creating the point of contact (I’m not saying that makes it ok). grabnerhit




7 comments
Mike Bulkley
Mike Bulkley

Ok so height isn't a factor?? Basically you are saying Gerbe can never be hit then

Rich Green
Rich Green

It's an elbow to the head. I don't care about Gerbe's (lack of) height or Grabner's clean history. No need for headshots, no need to be throwing an elbow. We can't excuse a player because he's an Islander and please don't bring up "whatabouts" of other instances. This play, and this play only, is a headshot, something that seriously needs to be taken out of this game - there is no justification for it.

Wayne Michael
Wayne Michael

How was this Grabners fault? Gerbe went into Grabner.

Rob Lankenau
Rob Lankenau

Exactly!!!, he's short, and he was leaning over durning the play, a suspension would ridiculous especially with the kinda player Grabner is, but nothing surprises me when it comes to lack of respect the isles have gotten over the years

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

gerbe got hit. and fell into grabners elbow...... how can they even have any sort of hearing for this.... if there is a suspension something is seriously wrong.