Dec 9, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT
Following up on yesterday’s news that Edmonton Oilers defenseman Andy Sutton was suspended indefinitely for a hit on Carolina’s Alexei Ponikarovsky, the NHL has announced Sutton will have a Saturday telephone hearing with league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.
Sutton had previously waived his right to an in-person hearing.
Here’s the hit in question:
(FYI: That’s TSN analyst and former NHLer Ray Ferraro saying “the Hurricanes are asking why is this not five [major penalty] and to tell you the truth, I don’t have the answer for you.”)
As we wrote yesterday, Sutton has a lengthy rap sheet of suspendable offenses that’s moved him from “repeat offender” to potential “serial offender” status. That, plus the fact Shanahan offered an in-person hearing, doesn’t bode especially well for the hulking blueliner, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun:
- Under Pressure: Jimmy Howard 1
- Looking to make the leap: Anthony Mantha 8
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- Under Pressure: Nathan Horton 8
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- It’s Columbus Blue Jackets day on PHT 15
- Shanahan tasked with ending years of collapses 9
- Looking to make the leap: Peter Holland 1
- Under Pressure: Randy Carlyle 5
- Tandem locked: Sens re-sign Anderson to three-year, $12.6M deal 9