The Vancouver Canucks
will be without defenseman Sami Salo
for Monday's game against the Florida Panthers
, and coach Alain Vigneault
is none too pleased about it.
Vigneault ripped Boston Bruins
forward Brad Marchand
for the latter's hit on Salo during the Canucks' 4-3 win at TD Garden on Saturday afternoon. Salo apparently suffered a concussion on the play after landing on the back of his head. Alex Sulzer is expected to play in Salo's absence.
Marchand, who was assessed a five-minute major for clipping and a game misconduct on the play, will have a hearing with Brendan Shanahan
and the Department of Player Safety on Monday.
"What Marchand did there, you could end a player's career doing that," Vigneault said. "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, play the right way.
"This is just my feeling on this, (but) someday, (Marchand's) going to get it. Somebody's going to say, 'Enough is enough' and they're going to hurt the kid. He plays to hurt players. In my mind, if the League doesn't take care of it, somebody else will."