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Keith has Friday phone hearing with Shanahan for Sedin elbow

Mar 22, 2012, 5:38 PM EDT

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According to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago, Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith will have a phone hearing with NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan on Friday regarding his elbow to the head of Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin.

The big news is that Shanahan’s conducting a phone hearing, because suspensions stemming from phone hearings can only be a maximum five games in length. That said, Shanahan did set a precedent earlier this year for issuing max suspensions via the ringer, giving Boston’s Brad Marchand the full-meal deal for his clip on Vancouver’s Sami Salo back in January.

Quick thoughts

— It’ll be interesting to see how the “retribution” angle comes into play. Henrik Sedin alleged Keith made comments about going after Daniel because Daniel had nailed him with a questionable hit earlier in the period. Some argue that makes Keith’s actions worse, others say it justifies them.

— Keith’s not a repeat offender…but he’s not exactly a saint, either. Check out the headshot he put on Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke back in 2009 — one that also happened to be retaliatory in nature (Cooke tagged Keith with a bad hit earlier in the game):

Doubtful it comes up in discussion or plays into Shanahan’s decision…but it’s out there.

  1. velocirapist - Mar 22, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    5 games or less is a joke.

    That’s no surprise though, how the NHL is run is a joke. The Coyotes are a joke, the officiating this year has been a joke, and Shanny’s “consistency” is a joke.

    Wonder why nobody’s laughing.

    • terriers4 - Mar 22, 2012 at 6:17 PM

      Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  2. davebabychreturns - Mar 22, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Can’t say I’m surprised as a rational observer of the league’s not-much-less-inconsistent-than-last-year supplemental discipline policy.

    As a hockey fan who would like to see predatory attempts to injure removed from the game I’m disappointed to see they won’t be giving Keith any more than five games.

    As a Canucks fan I am hoping Duncan Keith falls down a few flights of stairs and that I somehow get to watch.

    • davebabychreturns - Mar 22, 2012 at 5:58 PM

      A poster on a message board I frequent put this together, the NHL’s suspensions for head shots this year in chronological order:

      12, 2 , 8, 3, 4, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3

      I guess Bourque’s 5 belongs in there somewhere, but obviously Shanny shot his wad earlier in the season; the players must know by now that the new boss isn’t all that different from the old boss.

      • govtminion - Mar 22, 2012 at 6:25 PM

        But… the new guy does little videos!!!

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 22, 2012 at 8:54 PM

      Three games, two flights of stairs, and he wets himself after landing.


      • comeonnowguys - Mar 22, 2012 at 8:57 PM

        I could be talked up to four, three, and soils himself.

  3. rsl22 - Mar 22, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Keith is real tough with that half-shield.

    If you want to play like a POS, at least sac up, lose the shield and drop your mittens every now and then.

  4. taytay099 - Mar 22, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Defending Art Ross winner is taken out with an elbow to the head and the most Keith can get suspended for is 5 games. What happened to those massive suspensions we saw in the preseason? Why wouldn’t they re-think their policy on elbows to the head after Rene Bourque took Backstrom’s head off? What happened to protecting the players from head shots?

    Shanny was all talk when he said he was going to send a serious message about head shots. I think Daniel deserves a minor suspension for his hit and Keith deserves a major suspension for his.

    • velocirapist - Mar 22, 2012 at 6:35 PM

      I would be very fine with Daniel getting a $2500 fine and a game or two.

      If he plays again this season.

      • rarelyshaves - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:43 AM

        oh god save it, hes already back with the team

      • velocirapist - Mar 23, 2012 at 12:32 PM

        How do you know he’s back with the team? This seems to be news to everybody in the Vancouver media.

    • scottybcboy - Mar 22, 2012 at 7:18 PM

      It shouldn’t matter who is taken out with an elbow to the head….Sedin, Crosby or Eager, Shaw…the penalty should not be determined by who was hit but by the hit itself.

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 22, 2012 at 8:55 PM

        Absolutely. Nor should it be determined by the star level of player that did the hitting.

  5. tru2joelu4eva - Mar 22, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    this is f***ing garbage. i’m embarrassed to be a hockey fan.

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