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Keith waives right to in-person hearing, will have phone hearing today

Mar 23, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

Keith elbow

According to multiple reports, Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith has waived his right to an in-person hearing with the NHL and will have a phone hearing today at 2 p.m. ET to review the elbow he threw Wednesday to the head of Canucks forward Daniel Sedin.

An in-person hearing is required to dole out a suspension of more than five games. However, since Keith waived his right to one, he could be suspended six games or more via phone.

That’s not to say he will be suspended more than five games, but the option is there.

Sedin missed last night’s game in Dallas and is out indefinitely with a possible concussion.

Related: Canucks coach Vigneault calls out referee O’Halloran

  1. davebabychreturns - Mar 23, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Not pictured: the puck

    • michiganhockey11 - Mar 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      Which oddly enough was about 4-5 feet above their heads in that still shot of them above.

      • warpstonebc - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:28 PM

        Which somehow justifies a South Park approach to head hunting? “[The puck] is coming right for us!”

    • centraldutch - Mar 23, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      Not pictured: Sedin blindsiding Keith with a shot to the head.

      • davebabychreturns - Mar 23, 2012 at 3:51 PM

        No, it’s not. Partially because pictures don’t cover events that weren’t in the same time or place. Well entirely because of that.

        But also because the hit on Keith is run-of-the-mill in this league and not worth further comment. A premeditated elbow to the head of the reigning Art Ross trophy winner is on an entirely different level than a bump in the corner which should’ve been a minor penalty.

      • ikillchicken - Mar 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM

        You don’t really get how pictures work do you?

  2. amerika1313 - Mar 23, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Keith’s toast. I’m thinking he’ll be on his butt for the rest of the season.

    • bigtganks - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      I know he’s a first time offender so to speak, but c’mon, you’ve seen this is the big “no-no” of the year and how many three game suspensions have been doled out with no one taking notice?

      To get EVERYONE’S attention, sometimes an example needs to be made.

      Go the Cooke route. Rest of the season and first round of the playoffs. That will send a message and actually hurt him and his team. Otherwise, he just gets some rest for the upcoming post season.

      • michiganhockey11 - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:12 PM

        This elbow is exactly what we’ve seen Cooke do in the past. He’s been real good for a long time now. He’s either due for one, or as a joke he’ll be nominated for Lady Bing at the end of the year. That would be hillarious.

      • goalieguy37 - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:29 PM

        @Michigan Hockey,
        not nominated for the lady bing yet, but he is the penguins nominee for the masterton. interesting no?
        http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=622955

      • michiganhockey11 - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:47 PM

        @goalieguy37-yes, very interesting. Seems Shanny finally got thought to him.

        Isn’t Cooke playing on Crosby’s line now?

      • michiganhockey11 - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:48 PM

        *through

      • goalieguy37 - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:18 PM

        Yup, and having a career year before crosby came back. It’s good to see that discipline can eventually get through. I think that #66 had a conversation with him as well.

      • rdurk86 - Mar 23, 2012 at 3:13 PM

        Right, because Mario has to be the first person in upper management on any of Cooke’s teams to tell him to chill out. He’s such a great guy now the he’s not going after knees and ending careers with head shots.

  3. iamanidiotfan - Mar 23, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Given the time of year, I would have thought five games max would be given. They must really be throwing the book at him.

  4. michiganhockey11 - Mar 23, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    He toast for the rest of the season. Put it in stone.

    • michiganhockey11 - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      Season not playoffs…sheesh. The hit is deserving of the rest of the season.

  5. swizzler16 - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    it would be interesting if shanahan suspended him for the duration of sedins injury. it would set a strong precedent against premeditated and/or clear attempts to injure another player.

    • davebabychreturns - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      What they need to be doing is suspending for the action, not the play – you can’t suspend a player for six months for making a grey area type of play that bumps Sidney Crosby (or someone else with concussion issues) the wrong way. They need to identify plays that need to be rooted out of the game and hand out five gamers every time they happen no matter whether there’s an injury or not – it’s the only way players will learn.

      • davebabychreturns - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:22 PM

        Err that should read “suspending for the action, not the result”

  6. ragingyinzer - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    The fact that Sedin has a soft Swedish skull needs to be taken into account here.

    • michiganhockey11 - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:50 PM

      Not saying it’s a factor here, but what about the head shot that Keith allegedly took from Sedin 6 minutes earlier with no call? Just like in penalties, it’s the retaliation that gets the referee’s attention. Not saying the suspension should be lessened, but it wouldn’t hurt if they looked at all the tape surrounding Keith’s brain crap.

  7. xxshookonexx - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Rene Bourque got 5 games for the elbow on Backstrom…to me, that’s the benchmark for Shanahan to be consistent

  8. rgledz - Mar 23, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    @davebaby……should the ability of the player that was hit factor into anything?? Absolutely not. Who gives a crap if it was Daniel Sedin or Cal Clutterbuck who almost had his knee destroyed in an obvious premeditated play by Ryan Kessler. Kessler gets nothing for that, but Keith should get the rest of the season? The Canucks are one of the cheapest teams in the league with some of the most hated cheap shot artists ever going back to Jarkko Ruttu, Cooke, Bertuzzi, etc. Cry me a river when it’s one of the Sedin sisters, but say nothing about the long history of Canuck players who would like nothing more than to send the other teams star home for the season. A bunch of whining hypocrites in Vancouver.

    • davebabychreturns - Mar 23, 2012 at 6:02 PM

      On the ability of the player subjected to a massive cheap shot, it shouldn’t matter but it does. My point is more along the lines of what the league is losing (players capable of producing the offense they are supposed to value to greatly) than about how much worse it is in principle when Daniel Sedin gets injured than it is when Jared Spurgeon gets injured.

      I was surprised Kesler didn’t get a game or two for what happened with Clutterbuck. Knowing the league he probably didn’t hear from Shanny because Clutterbuck got up and skated away. As with the skill of the player targeted, that shouldn’t matter but it does.

      I hated Matt Cooke, for the record.

      Anyway it’s pretty clear that you have zero objectivity on any subject involving the Canucks, no willingness to grant that people who disagree with you might not have overly simplistic views or opinions, nothing to offer to any serious discussion. So yeah.

  9. charlutes - Mar 23, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Cry me a river, the Sedins can’t take back what they dish out.

    • haterzgonahate - Mar 23, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      lol..cause they regularily dish out elbows?

      that was the first time i seen a Sedin throw a check… Keith was watching his pass. clean slightly late check followed up by a dirty cheap dick move.

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