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Byers to meet with Shanahan over head shot

Jan 15, 2012, 11:12 AM EDT

Dane Byers, Grant Clitsome AP

Dane Byersdubious hit against the Sharks last night will not go unnoticed by the league.

Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson announced via Twitter this morning that Byers has a phone hearing with Brendan Shanahan to discuss the wicked hit he had on San Jose’s Andrew Desjardins. Byers appeared to target Desjardins’ head with a body check, a hit that earned him a five-minute major and a match penalty.

A match penalty comes with a mandatory one-game suspension, but Byers’ phone hearing means he might get up to five games for the blow. Desjardins said after the game that he was feeling no ill effects thanks to the hit, but giving that another day or two to play out might be in his best interests.

By comparison, Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom said he felt fine after getting elbowed in the face by Rene Bourque last week and he has yet to return. For what it’s worth, Bourque got five games for his head shot.

  1. hystoracle - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    All these head shots and weekly suspensions, got a question. If one of the All stars gets suspended just before the All star game, will they be allowed to participate? (Assuming the # of games player is suspended is over a period of time that includes the all star game.)

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