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Duncan Keith adds muscle during suspension

Apr 4, 2012, 10:02 AM EDT

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Duncan Keith has served his five-game suspension for elbowing Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin in the head. During that time, Chicago still managed to post a decent 2-1-2 record while Keith rested up and added some muscle in preparation for the Blackhawks’ playoff run.

“I don’t think taking a suspension is ever a good thing,” Keith said. “But if you’re trying to look for the positives, I guess getting some rest at this point of the year would be beneficial. I didn’t feel like I needed rest. I’ve been able to play a lot of games every year.”

Keith averages 26:53 minutes per game, the second most in the NHL, so for him to get a break just before the playoffs might actually end up helping the Blackhawks in the long run. The difference between Keith getting five games over a purely theoretical seven-game suspension means that he’ll also have a bit of time to shake off the rust before the playoffs start.

That said being said, it is worth adding that Keith forfeited $149,688.15 as a result of this suspension.

  1. davebabychreturns - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Good for Duncan. How wonderful.

    • salmon90 - Apr 4, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      Yeah exactly. We’re so happy to hear that you’ve made it through this ordeal Duncan. Great work Duncan. We get that the Hawks probably benefited from having you sit but just shut up about it! Honestly does this guy have no tact?!

  2. cableguymike - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    That picture doesn’t make him look like a douche at all…

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