Montreal Canadiens' Josh Gorges the Latest Victim of Denis Gauthier

Matt EichelSenior Writer IFebruary 1, 2009

Excuse me, but does it not seem that every time Denis Gauthier is on the ice, his brain cramps up and he does something outrageously idiotic?

The one-time Drummondville Votigeur and now Los Angeles Kings defenseman is known for his looming, hulking figure crushing players coming through the trolley tracks with their heads down.

But now that Montreal Canadiens defender Josh Gorges is out day-to-day with concussion-like symptoms, can we just rub it off as a fluke accident?

I, for one, am not going to just sit on this.

Gauthier has been known through his NHL career to take runs at players and be overly physical.  And still he never seems to learn from the multiple game suspensions he earns for his, sometimes, cheap shots.

Those that have been injured or left dazed in the wake of Gauthier, such as Kyle Wellwood and Steve Yzerman, have felt the hurt go much deeper than a few games off on the sidelines.

Gauthier's hit on Yzerman almost ended Yzerman's career there and then and it could be argued ultimately led to Yzerman retiring following the 2005-06 season.

Most times Gauthier's brain cramps result in fans calling for blood.  They claim he was going out with the intent to injure.

And for the most part, I agree with those fans.

Denis Gauthier seems to leave his brain in the dressing room and not care if the numbers are facing him when he goes into the corner.

For the sake of the NHL, maybe Gauthier needs some stiffer penalties assessed to him before more NHL seasons and possibly careers are ended because of one unruly hockey player.

Let's hope that's the case for Josh Gorges.


Matt Eichel is a Community Leader for the Montreal Canadiens here on Bleacher Report along with Miah D. and Daniel Arouchain.  Matt also co-hosts Habs All Out Radio, a in-depth talk radio show devoted to all things Montreal Canadiens.

It airs weekly at and is hosted by Matt and Miah.