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Edler had ‘no intention to hurt’ Staal

May 17, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

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Forget suspending Alex Edler — Swedish national team general manager Tommy Boustedt doesn’t believe there was anything wrong with the play that injured Canadian forward Eric Staal yesterday at the IIHF World Championship.

“I do not even think it’s a penalty,” said Boustedt, per News 1130 in Vancouver.

Edler was given a five-minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct.

Today, the Canucks’ defenseman said he had “no intention to hurt” Staal.

While that may be true, it’s hard to argue it wasn’t a reckless play.

Staal will reportedly have an MRI Saturday morning in Raleigh.

Edler will find out soon if he’s suspended.

  1. dropthepuckeh - May 17, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    I hope Shanny suspends him for the remainder of the Canucks playoffs. Oh wait….

  2. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 17, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Suspend him from Sochi

  3. raiderufan - May 17, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    That knee was lined up for contact for a while…I’m not gonna go all the way to saying it was intentional but it was massively reckless and even if all contact couldn’t have been avoided a whole lot more than that was easily avoidable.

    • bcisleman - May 17, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      Have to assume that either it was intentional or Edler is entirely clueless.

      • soro17 - May 17, 2013 at 12:39 PM

        You can’t assume anything with Edler, he is a complete enigma. Sometimes he plays like he is the second-coming of Larry Robinson. Other times he is a lost soul out there, wandering about without purpose, tripping over his own feet, coughing up the puck and looking like Bambi on ice.

  4. 19to77 - May 17, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    He also had no intention to get the hell out of the way when he saw what was about to happen. Did he decide on the knee the whole way out? Maybe not. But he knew it was happening well before contact. He didn’t even try to adjust for a body-on-body hit.

  5. billyhauntswizards - May 17, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    I’d like to think he wouldn’t want to hurt him like that, especially someone as classy as Eric Staal. But it’s really hard to believe with how well lined up Edler had his knee, and how he made no attempt to not hit him.

  6. sporkov - May 17, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Leave it to a Caknucklehead to come up with a play like this.

  7. hockeynut2013 - May 21, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    I think he deserved a suspention, my problem with his suspension is this; how come IIHF is never follows past suspensions and makes them equal? Edler got 2 but might get another 3 keeping him out of the Olympics.
    Ryan Getzlaf did the same last year against Slovakia, even changing direction of his skate towards the player that got hurt but got away with ONE game.
    It is a lottery from year to year, either Edler should have one based on history from only 12 months earlier or Getzlaf should have received 2 (or potentially 5 games last year).
    Both Edler and Getzlaf said they had no intention to hurt, where is the standard on how case by case is looked upon.

    BTW, congrats Sweden and even more so to Switzerland.

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