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article imageDale Weise suggests Canucks may go for ugly Coyote Martin Hanzal

By Marcus Hondro     Jan 26, 2014 in Sports
Phoenix Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal has some 'splaining to do and it appears the Vancouver Canucks have players who may do more than just listen. Canuck Dale Weise told media Saturday today's game may see Hanzal forced to "answer the bell."
Weise said that and a whole lot more as he reacted to questions about the actions of the 6'6" Hanzal in a game in Phoenix on Jan. 16. In that game, won by the Coyotes, 1-0, Hanzal, and his stick-work, managed to injure three Canucks in one period, though he was only penalized once. If Weise can be believed, he'll be penalized on the ice tonight.
“We’ll see what happens tomorrow but I think he’s going to have to answer the bell,” Weise said. “Obviously he took a pretty good stab at Hankie, a pretty good stab at Boothie and then Santorelli off the draw.
"It was tough for us (to react). We saw what he was doing but it’s a tight game and you can’t really go out and get a penalty trying to jump a guy, or trying to engage a guy, and then they score and make it 2-0. So you have to be smart about the way you do it.”
Vancouver Canucks and Bertuzzi/Moore incident
The Canucks, of old, were involved in one of the more famous incidents of retribution back on March 8, 2004 when Todd Bertuzzi (who is still in the league, with the Detroit Red Wings) got retribution on Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore for a dirty hit on Canucks star Markus Naslund a week before.
Naslund was concussed but the hit went unpunished by then-league disciplinarian Colin Campbell and the Canucks vowed revenge. Moore was hurt badly enough that he never played the game again.
In this case, Henrik Sedin (ribs) and Santorelli (upper body) haven't played since the Hanzal stick work, hence the words of Weise. After the Bertuzzi on Moore incident the NHL clamped down on threats of retribution being bandied about but, as of this writing, there's no indication the league will discipline Weise for his comments.
Dale Weise: about team identity
Weise didn't seem concerned about discipline and spoke at length about how his team has protected one another already this season and how they intend to keep on doing so. While the scrappy forward's comments may not have been intended to make tonight's game more appealing, for some fans that's exactly what they've done.
“I think we’re trying to build a team identity here that we don’t get pushed around,” Weise said. “I think we stood up for ourselves good against L.A.. Dustin Brown kind of had to answer the bell there — and he did. I don’t think Dustin Brown (wanted) to drop the gloves but he was forced into it.
"Eventually if you get enough guys challenging you, I think the peer pressure kind of wears on you and you have to answer the bell. I’m not sure what’s going to happen (with Martin Hanzal). We have a lot of guys who might have a few choice words for him and then we’ll see what happens.”
The game goes at 5 p.m..
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