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Regehr lacks respect for Hemsky, says MacT

ERIC FRANCIS, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:20 PM ET

For the last few years the battle between Robyn Regehr and Ales Hemsky has been one-sided.

According to Craig MacTavish it's also been rife with transgressions the league should have looked into.

"I think (Regehr's) gotten away with a lot - a lot of real dangerous, dirty hits in a lot of ways," said the Oilers coach of the Flames defenceman who has pieced together a personal highlight reel of big hits on the diminutive forward.

"Clearly he's trying to hurt him. It's really puzzling for me to see a player of Hemsky's ability have to be subjected to that type of punishment. He never really gets the hooking call or the slashing call or anything.

"It seems like it's a little bit of a lack of respect. The only guy that hasn't been really offended by it has been Hemsky. The liberties have gone outside what the boundaries are of what's legal."

Regehr shrugged off the suggestion.

"He's tried to hit me and he's the one that's ended up in the boards if you look at it," said Regehr.

"There's no holding up. Usually it's the guys who are stronger that win those battles on the ice."

The big problem the Oilers have had since Georges Laraque left is that no one is capable of doing anything about it. Try as he might Zack Stortini is not a formidable enough fighter yet to deter the Flames from playing as ohysical as they want.

"I think we're getting more and more capable of being able to deal with that," said MacTavish, citing improving team toughness.

"I don't worry about Ales as he's a tough guy and is capable of handling himself. One thing he could do is stay away from those areas but that's one of the things I love - he's the first on the puck."

When asked if he thought Hemsky was 'tough,' Regehr said, "You'll have to ask him."


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