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You make the call: Dane Byers may be hearing from Mr. Shanahan

Jan 14, 2012, 9:14 PM EDT

Dane Byers, Grant Clitsome AP

Another day, another questionable shot to the head by an NHL player. This time, its Dane Byers landing a shoulder/elbow to the head of Sharks center Andrew Desjardins only three minutes into the second period of Columbus’ game against San Jose. Desjardins’ teammate Bard Winchester immediately came to his aid by trying to punch Byers in the face and Byers received a match penalty for “intent to injure,” but the stiffer punishment could come from Brendan Shanahan in the coming days.

Unfortunately, Desjardins headed to the locker room and did not return for the final 17 minutes of the first period. For Byers’ part, he was playing in his fifth game this season and the 11th contest of his career. In 11 games though, he’s already been suspended once by the league for an illegal hit in 2009 while a member of the New York Rangers.

That’s right—he’s only played 11 career games and his current five game stretch for the Blue Jackets is his first cup of coffee in the NHL since 2009; yet he’s still a “repeat offender.”

Take a look at the hit and let us know what you think. Do you think Byers deserves a suspension? If so, how long should he be forced to sit? The comment section beckons…

  1. gsprulz - Jan 14, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    pshh classless move on Byers. Trying to make a name for yourself hitting a Shark, how about try winning. NYR reject douche.

    • dolphincult - Jan 15, 2012 at 12:56 AM

      soon to be nhl reject

  2. gsprulz - Jan 14, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    pshh classless move by Byers. Trying to make a name for yourself hitting a Shark, how about try winning. NYR reject douche.

  3. yettyskills - Jan 14, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    12 games to send a message to these talentless AHL goons who wanna play in the league.

  4. taytay099 - Jan 14, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    8 games.

  5. east96st - Jan 15, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Seeing how he now plays for Columbus, if Shanahan REALLY wants to send a message, he has a unique way to punish him twice. Dock his pay and make him sit on the bench and watch every Jackets game from start to end while he’s suspended. Or does that fall under the Eighth Amendment as cruel and unusual punishment?

  6. Mark Boland Jr - Jan 15, 2012 at 12:30 AM

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  7. dolanster - Jan 15, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    8-10 games. Get this hit out of the game.

  8. rarelyshaves - Jan 15, 2012 at 5:42 AM

    call me extreme, but ban him for a season

    if ~20% of your games are suspension worthy, your intentions are pretty clear.

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