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Andy Sutton is going to get an extended vacation

Oct 29, 2011, 3:57 PM EDT

Andy Sutton, Shane O'Brien AP

Andy Sutton is about to become an expert on long suspensions in the NHL. During last night’s Edmonton win over Colorado, Sutton caught Avalanche rookie Gabriel Landeskog with a shot to the head while he wasn’t looking, putting Landeskog down on the ice. The hit also got Shane O’Brien to come after Sutton with his fists. The Sheriff isn’t to be trifled with.

Sutton has a face-to-face meeting with NHL safety guru Brendan Shanahan to discuss the play and likely wind up with a suspension of five or more games. Working against Sutton is the fact he has a prior record and the fact that he caught Landeskog with a shot which he appeared to target his head. So far reports from Colorado say that Landeskog is fine and he was back at practice today.

Even though the Oilers have a game on Sunday, Sutton won’t be allowed to play as he’s been suspended pending his hearing in New York City on Monday.

What do you think though? How long do you figure Sutton gets Shanabanned for this hit? Check out the video here to see for yourself.

  1. kingjoe1 - Oct 29, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Yes he hit the dudes head, but his should was headed for a shoulder or chest when the dude tried to duck under. No games!

    • danphipps01 - Oct 29, 2011 at 5:34 PM

      Shoulder or chest, eh? Funny, those seemed about a foot or two lower than the area he thrust UPWARD to hit. Besides, how do you figure Landeskog tried to duck a blindside hit he didn’t see ’till it connected? Minimum five, possibly double-digits given past history but likely no more than ten. Shanny’s not exactly huge on big suspensions in the regular season, so it won’t be too massive.

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