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Edler suspended for remainder of World Championship

May 17, 2013, 11:43 AM EDT

Swedish/Canucks defenseman Alex Edler has been suspended for the rest of the IIHF World Championship for a knee-on-knee hit that injured Canadian/Hurricanes forward Eric Staal.

From the IIHF:

The disciplinary panel deemed Edler’s action as reckless, dangerous and that it was in disregard to the vulnerability of his opponent and for that he must be held accountable.

Sweden plays Finland tomorrow in Stockholm, with the winner advancing to the gold-medal game against either Switzerland or the United States.

Edler said today he had “no intention to hurt” Staal.

Staal will reportedly have an MRI Saturday morning in Raleigh.

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  1. colby7 - May 17, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    This isn’t going to bode well for the NHL in the Olympics and the whole insuring contracts issue…

    • JoeAvg - May 17, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      Yeah good point

      I just hope Staal is able to rehab from this. Too many times I’ve seen an injury like this hamper a player the rest of their career. That would be tragic in this case. Best to ya Eric.

  2. DED - May 17, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Edler made no effort to avoid the knee and he had plenty of time to do so. If he was going to check him, he could’ve laid him out with a solid shoulder hit. Maybe he was hoping to trip him up. I don’t know, but it was a crappy move and he deserves the suspension despite what the Swedish coach and their fans think.

  3. ironyisadeadscene - May 17, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    What a d#ck move.

  4. packerswin96 - May 17, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Too bad the NHL can’t suspend Edler as well, 10 games to start next season is what I would like!

  5. sporkov - May 17, 2013 at 2:48 PM

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

  6. jkulha86 - May 17, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Think the NHL should hire the IIHF to police hits and administer suspensions. If this happened in an NHL he’d most likely just have to talk to Shanahan.

  7. 950003cups - May 17, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    The Staal’s are like the Kennedy family. Something always happening to one of them.

  8. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 17, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    I hope someone takes a run at this guy, and puts him out for a few months, if not years. What he did is disgusting. No room for this stuff in any sport unless it’s UFC.

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