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Vigneault on Marchand: He'll get his

1/8/2012

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault and general manager Mike Gillis had some harsh words for Brad Marchand on Sunday in the wake of Marchand's low hit on Vancouver's Sami Salo during Saturday's heated game at the Garden.

Marchand, who will have a telephone hearing with the NHL offices on Monday regarding a possible suspension, said he was trying to defend himself, a position backed up by Bruins coach Claude Julien.

Vigneault took exception with that interpretation of the events.

"That's a stupid comment," the Canucks coach said from Sunrise, Fla., according to The Province. "What Marchand did there, you could end a player's career doing that and I've never seen Sami Salo take a run at any player in the NHL. All I've seen Sami Salo do is play with integrity and play the right way.

"Marchand -- this is just my feeling on this -- some day he's going to get it. Somebody is going to say enough is enough and they're going to hurt the kid, because he plays to hurt players and in my mind if the league doesn't take care of it, somebody else will.

"Sometimes it takes the league time to figure things out and there's a difference between a good hip check when the player is coming down on you one-on-one with the puck and what we saw Marchand do with his definite attempt to injure. Something needs to happen."

Gillis said it was "a dirty hit by a dirty player" and that Salo suffered a concussion. An extended absence could be a serious blow to the Canucks.

"I felt it was a play that is really intended to injure another player and did injure our player," Gillis said. "I thought it was a dirty hit and I don't agree with that type of play. That play happened last year in the final and it has happened again. He plays on the edge and he's that type of player.

"Salo was going in to make a hockey play and clearly wasn't anticipating what was happening. We're just lucky we have eight defensemen."