NHL notes: Weber avoids ban after illegal hit

Canucks forward Jannik Hansen is knocked off his feet by Predators defenceman Shea Weber at Rogers...

Canucks forward Jannik Hansen is knocked off his feet by Predators defenceman Shea Weber at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C., Oct. 20, 2011. (BEN NELMS/Reuters)

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Nashville Predators defenceman Shea Weber escaped a suspension Friday but was fined $2,500 by NHL vice-president of discipline Brendan Shanahan for an illegal hit.

Weber was assessed a minor penalty for boarding the Canucks' Jannik Hansen behind the Nashville net and another two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct Thursday night in Vancouver.

"I didn't like this hit, and I expressed that to Shea Weber," Shanahan said. "I feel it was an illegal hit. I would like to see less force in that situation and that is why he's being fined."

Shanahan said he takes into account a player's history before levelling punishment.

"If you see my highest suspensions, it is when there are multiple offences," Shanahan said. "Weber has played a long time in the NHL and played a very physical style and had no offences. Also, there was no injury on the play."

Weber has played 408 games during his seven-year NHL career. He ranked 19th in the league in hits last season with 211.

"It is a situation where he can't make that hit that way again," Shanahan said of Weber. "He's now in a situation similar to (Kris) Letang where he has a fine on his record."

The Pittsburgh Penguins' Letang drew a two-game suspension earlier this week for a hit on Winnipeg's Alexander Burmistrov.

ANOTHER NANNE

Among the list of players to watch for the 2012 NHL draft is a familiar name: Louie Nanne of Edina, Minn.

Nanne, a left winger, is among the list of prospects named Friday by NHL Central Scouting. A 5-foot-10 winger who averaged better than a point a game in high school hockey last season, Nanne is the grandson of U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer Lou Nanne.


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