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Canucks don’t agree with Edler suspension

Mar 22, 2013, 10:03 PM EDT

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The Vancouver Canucks offered a brief statement Friday, after their defenceman, Alex Edler, was suspended two games by the NHL.

Edler received the ban Friday afternoon. He was assessed a major penalty for charging late in the second period of Thursday’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes, when he collided with goalie Mike Smith behind the Phoenix net.

Needless to say, the Canucks didn’t agree with the suspension.

“As an organization we respect the NHL and its process for supplemental discipline,” Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said in a statement on the team’s website.

“While we may not agree with this ruling, we will move forward and prepare for our important game tomorrow in Los Angeles. We do not intend to comment further on this matter.”

Edler, who had no previous history of supplemental discipline from the league, has five goals and 17 points in 30 games with the Canucks this season.

Edler will be unavailable for Vancouver’s next two games – Saturday in L.A. against the Kings and Sunday in Colorado against the Avalanche.

The issue of consistency when it comes to supplementary discipline has once again been called into question.

Earlier in the day, prior to news of the Edler suspension, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul took to the social media website Twitter to voice his confusion over the two-game ban he received for a hit on Tampa Bay Lightning blue liner Victor Hedman.

More controversy swelled Friday when New York Rangers forward Rick Nash wasn’t disciplined by the league for his hit on Tomas Kopecky the night before.

The Nash hit, in which he came up almost completely behind Kopecky, left his feet and delivered a blow to the head of the Florida Panther winger, was deemed “rotten” but not worth a suspension by league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan .


  1. themohel - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Big shock there!!

  2. jimw81 - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Sorry Vancover, NHL’s wheel the justice has spoken

  3. esracerx46 - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    What did Andrew Shaw get for a similar yet in my opinion less violent collision in the playoffs on Smith? He was assessed a game misconduct and 3 additional playoff games. And if you use the Raffi Torres logic, 3 playoff games is like 6 regular season games, plus the rest of the game when the hit took place. While I dont think Edler should have gotten more, the precedent is there. To Mike Gillis, the Vancouver Canucks, Joffrey Lupul, and anyone else…. as much as it sucks and disagree with it whining doesnt help. Suck it up, keep your mouth shut, unless to apologize and come back with a vengeance. Oh, and enjoy your days off.

    • davebabychreturns - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      Less violent? Shaw hit Smith in the head, there was nearly no other contact.

  4. interiorfan - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    NHL discipline is always interesting. Funny the precedent doesn’t seem to apply equally to ALL teams.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:07 AM

      What precedent? The precedent changes every time there’s a questionable hit. If the NHLs supplemental discipline department was a court they would be reversing every past decision with every subsequent case. The inconsistency is unbelievable. But you’re absolutely correct… the crest on the front of the jersey and/or the name on the back seems to impact every decision.

    • jimw81 - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:35 AM

      it’s automatically a one game suspension from the start if you wear orange and black

  5. csilojohnson - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    They really should be worried about the sorry play from the rest of the team.
    That was a blow to the head.
    The Nash hit was not. I get why Shanny didnt suspend him. The PA has a day in what violations constitute a suspension. Despite all the yelling. The head was clearly not the point of impact. He said he can’t suspend a player for leaving his feet alone. Shanny must work within the confines of the rule book. Like it or not. Which I do not. Thats what the owners and union agreed on.
    Both were very dirty hits. Nash in particular was really bad. Looked like a WWE move. No place for that in Hockey.

  6. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Mar 23, 2013 at 4:28 AM

    It’s okay because it’s the Canucks. F them and their dumbass fans.

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