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Video: NHL suspends Canucks’ Edler two games

Mar 22, 2013, 9:21 PM EDT

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Edler has been suspended two games by the NHL for colliding with Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith during the second period of Thursday’s game.

As per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Edler will forfeit $35,135.14 in salary. That money will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred behind the Coyotes net late in the second period of Thursday’s 2-1 Vancouver win.

Edler was assessed a major penalty for charging and had a hearing over the phone with the NHL Friday afternoon.

“While we agree that Edler has no malicious intent on this play, we believe he does not make any effort to minimize or avoid contact,” stated the video explanation from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

  1. Stiller43 - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    1-2 games certainly deserved. Absolutely no intent to play the puck, just went in for a hit on a goalie.

    • you4real - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:46 PM

      Not sure what camera angle gave you that theory.. He was trying to play the puck and ran out of room. A penalty for contact with the goalie is totally understandable, but a suspension, with some of the other garbage that gets nothing is rediculous.

      • Stiller43 - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:19 PM

        Why is stick in the air, then? And his left arm extends into smith on contact. No attempt to slow down. Bias it up all ya want, he was going for a hit, not the puck.

      • stakex - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:31 PM


        *sigh* Yet another person making wild assumptions about a sport they have clearly never played. This is becoming far too common these days.

        No attempt to slow down? Hes coming in full speed…. you can’t just stop in a fraction of a second like that. He does however pull up a bit and doesn’t make as much contact as he could have if he wanted to level Smith.

        His stick is in the air because he waved at the puck and missed… and then looks up an sees Smith right in his face. If you’re about to run into a wall, you’re going to put your hands up to protect yourself are you not? Same is true when you’re about to run into another player.


        And theres no bias from me. I don’t care for either team or player. This is simply a case of a goalie giving a fast moving player no place to go. That ice should be as much Edlers as it is Smiths in this case…. and its a joke that theres a suspension here.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:57 PM

        Stakex, again you make it sound that no one here has played this game. Clearly Edler had ample time to react and slow down. He was at the bottom of the face off circle about 5 feet from the side board when he cocks his head and notices smith behind the net. Rather than slowing his momentum he chose to run the goalie. You sound like a guy who plays in a beer league and probably plays like he’s trying to win the SC.

    • sabatimus - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      So you didn’t see Edler try to move into the boards just before the hit? Even Shanahan didn’t see it, because as that part of the video was rolling he says that Edler didn’t make any effort to minimize the hit.

      In summary, Shanahan is wrong again. And I HATE the Canucks.

  2. Haleigh - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Reblogged this on Doan Stop Believing .

  3. scottybcboy - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    2 suspensions in a month, I guess Canuck fans shouldn’t be calling the Bruins dirty for a while. Here come the conspiracies……

    • imleftcoast - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:38 PM

      Edler has never had a major penalty in his career, and couldn’t avoid the contact.

      • radio854321 - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:44 PM

        he could have avoided…plus the canucks suck

      • scottybcboy - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:15 PM

        Oh, he has had a major and now a suspension!

      • scottybcboy - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:05 PM

        I’ve seen others post it….but….How can people down thumb statements of fact???
        Some just see what they want to see, damn the facts.

  4. shortsxit34 - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    The hit was rotten, but not suspendable :eye roll:

  5. bruin63 - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    true that

  6. nobandwagoners - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    And Rick Nash doesn’t even get a fine. Wow. How’s that for the Russian roulette wheel of justice in the NHL?

    • blueshirtsblow17 - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:47 PM

      Rick Nash plays for the Rangers…that’s why he didn’t get any punishment. Rangers have the NHL and the refs in their pocket. Still ain’t good enough

  7. themohel - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Some people just don’t get it – when a Canuck does it we call it a “hockey play”, when someone does it to us, we call it “criminal.”

    • elvispocomo - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      Speak for yourself. I thought considering the Shaw suspension on a similar play Edler would get 1 if not 2 games, but the fact that Nash got nothing (no penalty, no hearing, no fine) for a dangerous play astounds me.

      • themohel - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:59 PM

        Shaw was suspended 3 playoff games, I think. Why wouldn’t Edler get at least 5 regular season games if they were, as you say, “similar plays”?

      • elvispocomo - Mar 25, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        Similar, not the same. Smith moves in front of Edler a bit while he doesn’t change direction at all on the Smith play. Also, Shaw seems to hit Smith more than Edler did, particularly when considering how Shaw’s shoulder contacts Smith in the mask while Edler make more of a full body hit where the head isn’t targeted or hit directly. Both are significant factors in how bad one was compared to the other.

  8. ikillchicken - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Because this is the NHL, where “rotten” hits aren’t suspendable but ones with “no malicious intent” are. What a joke.

    Seriously, I could accept a suspension here if Shanny believed there was an intent. I wouldn’t agree, but I could at least see the basis for his ruling from his point of view. But how on earth do you conclude that there wasn’t any intent and yet still suspend the guy? Is a penalty for charging the goalies an automatic suspension now? Because it sure wasn’t last year for Lucic. He got off because, according to Shanny: “The minor penalty called on the ice was the correct call, and, while it’s unfortunate that Miller was hurt, I saw nothing egregious about this hit that would elevate it to supplemental discipline.”

    So for Lucic:
    -It was correctly called a penalty
    -Miller was hurt on the play
    -Lucic had a suspension history
    -No suspension

    For Edler:
    -It was correctly called a penalty (despite no intent)
    -Smith was hurt on the play
    -Edler had no history
    -Two games

    You know, I applauded Shanny initially for bringing much needed transparency to these proceedings with his detailed explanations and videos and in a sense, that is still a good thing. But at this point it really only serves to further highlight how completely arbitrary his rulings are.

    • loinstache - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:38 PM

      honestly stunned at this.

      • scottybcboy - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:43 PM

        Since the Lucic/Miller hit the precedent has been set…..the league has shown with the Shaw and Tootoo suspensions that this will no longer be tolerated, why anyone is surprised is beyond me.

      • hockeyflow33 - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:35 PM

        Edler hit him square in the chest/head

      • sabatimus - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        Edler hit Smith in the head; Lucic hit Miller in the chest. I do think, if this had happened this year, Lucic would’ve been suspended for deliberately checking Miller. Lucic made absolutely no attempt to minimize the charge. And the refs HATE Lucic–justifiably so. He runs his mouth and takes dumb penalties with his fists and then shouts at the refs for it, often getting an extra 2 or even a 10.

        I’m a Bruins fan and I find some of the things Lucic does to be indefensible and a detriment to his team.

  9. themohel - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Still waiting for a Canuck fan to admit that any of their players has ever deserved a suspension. Some even believe Bertuzzi was railroaded for the Moore hit. Credibility kinda low in that area!! Sometimes the beloved little Canuck boys are indeed naughty and should be punished…..

    • loinstache - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:40 PM

      desperate for anything eh?

  10. wallio - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    No surprise here, its been almost 48 hours since someone was suspended. Can’t have that!

  11. gobucky1 - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    And Shaw got three playoff games for his tap on Smith last year? Shanahan is a joke… This hit was way worse! Smith’s embellishment wasn’t as good on this one, though.

  12. loinstache - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Edler should have jumped and aimed for Smith’s head with an elbow if he didn’t want to hear from Shanny

    • scottybcboy - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      No that isn’t right……he shouldn’t have run a goaltender outside his crease, but still within arms length of it.

      • loinstache - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:42 PM

        oh right he should have done this instead

        golly silly me

      • scottybcboy - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:54 PM

        When the goalie wanders that far out of the crease it is a much different issue than when, I repeat, he is still within arms length of the net. Two suspensions in a month show just what type of culture is being bred out there in VanCity.

      • loinstache - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:02 PM

        so for the record, having two suspensions on the year is what makes a team dirty by your logic right? you’ve alluded to it twice in this thread.

        I have no feelings towards this metric, I’m just letting you take this step to see if you can figure out the fallacy you’ve made in this thread.

      • scottybcboy - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:11 PM

        I did not say it makes them dirty. I said that it should give ‘nuck fans reason to pause before calling other teams dirty, but please continue…..

  13. rekingcrew - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Aaaaand, the league is a joke again.

  14. canucks18 - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    I love the fact that Edler leveled Smith. Goalies out of the net shielding the pick deserve to get drilled, too bad Edler didn’t have intent cause then it would have been even sweeter. I like the Canucks with a bit of an edge and I find it funny when no intent results in suspension. For mohel and the rest of the haters… You’re played out and tired comments are just repeated from the garbage you repeat like little parrot

    • hockeyflow33 - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:37 PM

      No they don’t and it’s against the rules.

      • dolphincult - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:22 AM

        again more tack on commentsfrom blow flow, but no namin calling. still….nothn new here. move on.

      • hockeyflow33 - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:31 AM

        I’m really impressed with your ability to turn my handle into a hilarious parody. I’m sorry that I understand the game and am able to use facts to back up my point.

    • sabatimus - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      I see you’re a credit to your fanbase.

  15. kitshky - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    I love when people who are so biased that they’re literally blinded with hatred … accuse others of being biased.

    No one’s really saying Edler shouldn’t have been suspended, he hit a goaltender, no shock there. The (inexcusable) atrocity is the utter randomness of NHL “justice”.

    When a Canuck fan voices his displeasure with the ruling, he’s not condoning Edlers act, it’s just another NHL fan upset with the ridiculous unfounded wheel of justice that is somehow deemed acceptable.

    One day, it’s about injury. The next day, it’s about intent. Today … well today apparently it’s about area codes.

  16. sjsharks66 - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Im kind of disgusted. Rick Nash gets nothing for his hit and Edler gets 2 games for hitting the drama queen smith?? Thats BS NHL.

  17. blomfeld - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:35 AM


    As an ardent and values-driven fan of the reigning Stanley Cup champions who simultaneously keeps a close eye on all things Canuckle, I can tell you friends that Edler’s behavior in this incident is completely “inconsistent” with the psyche of the typical Swedish male. I know these people extremely well, having lived and worked in that country, retaining Swedish citizenship and calling Swedish my second language. Swedes are one of the nicest and most “well grounded” groups of people that you could ever find anywhere. Erratic or unwarranted outbursts of violence is simply “not” a part of their DNA … and nor do they ever harbor malicious or hurtful thoughts, as is sadly the case with “certain” other cultures. On the contrary, the Swedes are a people you can “count on” who carry on in everyday life the way everyone “ought” to do …

    Unless of course if alcohol is involved. Because if it is, then all bets are off! The fact is that as much as I like the Swedes as a people, to this day I maintain that only Russians and First Nations people are worse drinkers than the Swedes! Once a Swede gets a “buzz” going then you can forget it, as you don’t know what’s coming next, be it a kiss or a punch! The bottom line is that Swedes & alcohol equate “viking-styled” carnage and mayhem!

    Executive Summary: my forensic conclusion would be that Edler was “likely” intoxicated during this particular game and that the “liar” Smith should be thanking his lucky stars that his head is still attached today!

    HEJA SVERIGE !!! :)

  18. Stiller43 - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:47 AM


    Actually I DO play the game. Nice try, though. I also know in that situation, you would come to a stop by the goalie as your trying to get the puck (or poke it past smith to a teammate)…there was nowhere for edler to go and yet he goes in full speed.

  19. williplett - Mar 23, 2013 at 5:25 AM

    I have to ask how Elder gets two games for this hit when he had no previous strikes against him and Brayden Schenn had his skates up hit from the other day ignored after a suspension eariler this season. So random. Spin the wheel…..

  20. comeonnowguys - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Mike Smith’s embellishment claims another suspension victim.

    So when does the tale turn on the Goalie Who Cried Wolf?

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