Vigneault: Suspension 'not the right call'

June, 7, 2011
6/07/11
2:51
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BOSTON -- Canucks coach Alain Vigneault's reaction to the NHL's decision to suspend Aaron Rose four games for his hit on Nathan Horton in Game 3? "In my opinion it's not the right call."

He explains why:

"At the end of the day, we hope the young man regains his health," Vigneault said. "That's the utmost importance. At the end of the day, also, it was a north/south play on the hit on Horton where he made a pass to [Milan] Lucic and he was looking at his pass. Aaron was a tad late. Aaron is not a dirty player, never has been, never will be. It was a hit, unfortunately, that turned bad. ... Anyone who has played this game knows you have to make a decision in a fraction of a second. He's engaged in the hit and I don't know how the league can come up with this decision."

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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