Mar 23, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT
Here’s NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan’s explanation video:
“Keith’s hit was dangerous, reckless and caused injury,” Shanahan said. “We’ve also taken into account Keith’s supplemental discipline record, which includes no suspensions and one fine over seven NHL seasons.”
The punishment was levied following a telephone hearing Friday afternoon. The league had requested an in-person meeting with Keith, which he waived his right to.
Prior to being suspended, Keith spoke with CSN Chicago about the incident and possible punishment.
“I think I’m a pretty stand-up player out on the ice,” he said. “The NHL will make a decision, I respect all the decisions they make.”
Keith’s elbow on Sedin forced the Canucks forward from Wednesday’s game. He later left the team’s current road trip, missing Thursday night’s game in Dallas, to return to Vancouver for further medical evaluation.
According to Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province, Henrik Sedin confirmed his brother suffered a concussion and that it was the first one of his playing career.
– Shanahan’s issued three suspensions to Chicago this year, second only to Buffalo (four). That said, two of them were to Daniel Carcillo, who received two games for hitting Joni Pitkanen from behind in October, then seven games for boarding Tom Gilbert in January.
– This is the fifth elbowing suspension of the year:
Oct. 28, 2011: Andy Sutton on Gabriel Landeskog (five games)
Dec. 7, 2011: Ville Leino on Matt Read (one game)
Jan. 3, 2012: Rene Bourque on Nicklas Backstrom (five games)
Mar. 20, 2012: Shane Doan on Jamie Benn (three games)
– Keith will miss Chicago’s games against Nashville, New Jersey, St. Louis, Nashville (again) and Minnesota. He’ll be eligible to return to the lineup on Thursday, Apr. 5 against the Wild (second game of a home-and-home.)
– Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and based on his average annual salary, Keith will forfeit $149,688.15. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
– Quote from Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman: “We respect the league’s decision. That being said, our primary concern is Daniel’s health and well being. We look forward to him having a full recovery, becoming fit and returning to our lineup as soon as possible.” (Vancouver Sun)
- Pressing Question: Can the Blackhawks avoid the Stanley Cup hangover? 0
- Florida wins ’14 NHL draft lottery, will pick first overall 33
- Philly mum on Mason’s availability for Game 1 vs. Rangers 23
- Pressing question: Can the Blues get back on track? 16
- That’s a raise: Flyers sign MacDonald to six-year, $30 million extension 90
- Sabres, Panthers have best odds for 2014 NHL draft lottery 16
- Leafs ‘lack an identity,’ says Leiweke 30
- On the hot seat: McPhee will ‘talk in a couple of days’ 21
- Bruins are 7/2 favorites to win the Stanley Cup; Blues next at 6/1 48
- End of an era: Trotz out as Nashville head coach 40
- That’s a raise: Flyers sign MacDonald to six-year, $30 million extension (90)
- Lightning’s Malone arrested for DUI, cocaine possession (73)
- Update: Daniel Sedin in stable condition, hospitalized after scary hit (58)
- Halak’s agent ‘bewildered’ by Oates’ remarks prior to Blues game (51)
- Here’s the schedule for the first round of the 2014 playoffs (51)