Upon further review, Giordano agrees with fine for slew foot infraction
Flames defenceman accepts the $10,000 penalty even though he insists he had no intent against Antoine Roussel
At the time, Mark Giordano didn’t think anything of the play.
To the Calgary Flames defenceman, he engaged in an upper body board battle against Dallas Stars forward Antoine Roussel amid Sunday’s 4-3 road victory and was penalized.
However, at second glance of the video replay, he could see the error of his ways — a slew foot that upon review of the National Hockey League’s department of player safety cost him $10,000.
“Honestly, during the game when it happened, I didn’t think it was much,” Giordano was saying before Wednesday’s match against the visiting Los Angeles Kings, speaking to the media for the first time since the phone hearing on Tuesday. “Then, I heard about the hearing the next day and looked at it again. If you look at it, it is, I think, maybe a little bit of a dangerous play just because of the way the guy fell. I didn’t intend to slew foot him . . . but I pull him down and he comes up close to the boards so I think the league wants to take that play out of the game.”
During the game, Giordano received a minor tripping penalty but the play was reviewed after the game. Based on his otherwise clean record, the maximum fine Giordano could be fined was the lesser of $10,000 or half of his daily salary.
The 29-year-old blueliner reviewed and discussed the incident with the Flames coaching staff — end of story.
“We went over it,” Giordano said. “We sort of thought that when the puck squirted into the corner, we engaged as a battle in the corner. An upper body thing. Just because he was in front of me and I wrench on him, He sort of goes against my body.
“I totally understand how it looks. And it doesn’t look that great on the video replay obviously, especially that close to the boards. But there wasn’t an injury on the play and I’m glad for that. I’ll just try not to make that play again.”
Head coach Bob Hartley said Wednesday that he’s aware the NHL wanted to take a closer eye at the slew foot which, by the books (NHL Rule 52, to be exact), is defined as “the act of a player using his leg or foot to knock or kick an opponent’s feet from under him or pushes an opponent’s upper body backward with an arm or elbow, and at the same time with a forward motion of his leg, knocks or kicks the opponent’s feet from under him, causing him to fall violently to the ice.”
Giordano understands why.
“They’re more worried about the slew footing and dragging guys down because of the way they can fall on their back and eventually their head can probably hit the ice,” he said. “I honestly thought during the game that it was a hold. I went in and grabbed the guy and engaged.”
Giordano added he’ll accept the fine and move forward. Hartley was also of the same opinion.
“Gio’s not a dirty player, by any means,” he said. “But Brendan Shanahan (and the department of player safety), they watch every game. They’re in there for player safety and everything. They fined Gio for $10,000 (Tuesday) and today is another day.”
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