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Edler suspended three games for hit on Hertl

Oct 11, 2013, 3:24 PM EDT

Edler on Hertl

Canucks defenseman Alex Edler has been suspended three games for making an illegal check to the head of San Jose rookie Tomas Hertl last night in Vancouver.

According to NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, Edler “does not hit Hertl squarely” and made Hertl’s head the “main point of contact.”

While Shanahan concedes that Hertl is leaning forward prior to the hit, “the position of his head does not materially change” before or during the hit.

“If Edler wants to makes this check, he must take a better angle and route toward Hertl and hit him squarely through the body,” ruled Shanahan.

Hertl was not injured on the play, but Edler has been suspended before (for charging Phoenix goalie Mike Smith) and is considered a repeat offender.

Per the CBA, Edler will forfeit $182,926.83 in salary, with the money going to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

  1. sjsharks66 - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Terrible decision, no surprise though. Repeat offender and makes a blind side hit to the head and recieved the same amount of games as Stuart who has 0 suspension or fines?

    • ibieiniid - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      to be fair, it cost Edler about $50,000 more than Stuart.

    • micasa81 - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      Would’ve gotten at least double that if Hertl had been injured. Stupid rule, but I think that’s the explanation.

  2. micasa81 - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    I’m OK with this. Davebabych, I know you’re upset because you think Edler would have had to just plain not make the hit, but I agree with Shanahan’s assessment on this one (through gritted teeth). Edler could have done two things: either gone squarely for Hertl’s body or taken a line more toward the puck and then braced himself for Hertl’s impact. Instead, he did a sort of half-and-half, and it’s lucky Hertl wasn’t concussed. You’re absolutely right that situations like this make it much more difficult to deliver a legal check, but I’d say it’s a skill that has to be learned, and Eddie’s clearly still got some learning to do.

    -Fellow Canucks fan

    • imleftcoast - Oct 11, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      Edler is going for the puck, and they collide because Herlt has his head down. Earlier in the week, there was a similar play interpreted to be an accident, and there was no suspension. I think Edler could have done more to avoid the collision, but Edler is not a repeat offender for this type of hit. The League needs to be consistent.

      • micasa81 - Oct 11, 2013 at 5:23 PM

        Well…if you have a clip of the earlier incident, I’d like to see it. But if it was like this one, I’d say they missed a call, rather than that Edler’s call was unfair.

      • pandorasdadca - Oct 11, 2013 at 6:07 PM

        How do you figure Edler was going for the puck? He NEVER touched it! It slides right on by. He was playing the body, pure and simple. Nothing wrong with that, be he needs to learn how to aim better.

  3. joey4id - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Excellent. Players have to be accountable when they could avoid making contact with the head.

  4. sjsblitz - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Lost the game, Edler suspended and given a fine. thats win freakin win

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 11, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      Lol I’m with ya, I hate the canucks

      • avfanforlife - Oct 11, 2013 at 6:45 PM

        Good call.. good fine.. good suspension… I hate the Canucks even more. (Still waiting for some Bertuzzi punishment)

  5. hosewater2 - Oct 11, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    How long is Hertl suspended for putting himself in a bad position and not paying attention?

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 11, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      Are you f’ing serious?

  6. sjtorpitt - Oct 11, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Lol how do even remotely relate this to Hertl fa**ot.

  7. ndrick731 - Oct 11, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    If he followed Shanahan’s line he would have received a boarding penalty and if Hertl who was crouching got his head smashed into the dasher a suspension anyway. So from what I see he should have just let Hertl take the puck to avoid Shanahan’s wrath. Shanahan is so inconsistent in his reasoning that no matter what he did he was probably getting nailed.

    • tdaveniii - Oct 11, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      Option 3: He could have tried to get the puck, which was about 8 feet to his right when he made contact with Hertl’s head. During this time, his stick never moved, and he didn’t even look toward the puck, because all he wanted to do was hit Hertl. Having made that choice, it was incumbent upon him to hit him legally.

      • tdaveniii - Oct 11, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        excuse me. .. 8 feet to his left. . .

    • pandorasdadca - Oct 11, 2013 at 6:10 PM

      Dude. There’s nothing wrong with playing the body there, but he had plenty of time to see Hertl’s head was low and adjust his approach to hit the body. He face washed the kid with his shoulder and NEVER reached for the puck. No excuse. Look at the play.

  8. golfore - Oct 11, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    That was a no brainier suspending that cheap shot repeat offender. One of the most blatant intentional head shots I have seen. I think he saw the tape of the Ranger game and didn’t want to get used by the kid. Go Sharks!!!

  9. mikemaric - Oct 11, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    “If a guy would have ducked his head like that I would have whipped my rooster and stroked it” Scott Stevens.

  10. mikemaric - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Avsfan. Play back Steve Moore’s hit on Naslund and tell me Edler’s hit was worse. If Hertl had his chin strap on properly this would have been a non event. Now it is Canuck hater open season. Go drink your Roy Kool Aid now and bow to the statue of Claude Lemieux.

    • zacmelvinmcnutt - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      Okay, what Steve Moore did to Naslund was worse than this. But what Burtuzzi did to Moore? Just downright disgusting. And yeah I will drink the Roy kool aid, last time I checked it got us a couple stanley cups

    • tdaveniii - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      You’re right. Steve Moore should have been penalized more for the Naslund hit. That does not mean that Edler did not deserve this suspension.

  11. codymffc - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    I dont like it. Edler doesn’t even look at Hertl, so it’s not like he lined him up. Hertl was also bent over. Another bad call, that doesnt help the sport to be overbearing.

    • tdaveniii - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      Edler is watching him the entire way, not the puck, which he makes no effort whatsoever to make a play on. And he could see Hertl bent over the entire way. The fact a guy is bent over doesn’t give you cart blanche to line up a head shot.

      • hosewater2 - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:38 PM

        Edler doesn’t need to be going for the puck, this isn’t pass interference in the NFL we’re talking about. Hertl touched the puck and was therefore fair game to receive a check, this is hockey.

  12. mikemaric - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Players know what is right and wrong. If Moore wouldn’t have been such a biatch he would have manned up

  13. mikemaric - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    I think you made my point. Moore worse = Punishment none + defiance on his part. Edler less = $183,000. Whatever. Shanahan should just go back to riding his imaginary bike.

  14. mikemaric - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    A suspension for that is a joke. Period. Edler could have got a penalty and if Hertl was hurt then a game misconduct. The league has a massive inconsistency between intent and outcome. Here the outcome was nothing and he got 3 games for popping a guy’s lid off. Other suspensions there is less intent but because the guy got hurt they get slapped. No consistency, but even worse it is become a patty cake league.

  15. peehergriphon - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Just like nfl, nhl is trying to prevent future lawsuits. I agree with focus on player safety, but makes the game not as exciting with fewer hard hits.

  16. sjsharks66 - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Was fair game to receive a check….legally. This was right to the head and was a blindside hit. Period.

    • tdaveniii - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      This^^^. And Edler had ample opportunity to check to the body. It wasn’t as if Hertl ducked into this position at the last moment. Instead, he lined him up and went for the head.

  17. jhaegs - Oct 12, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Hate to see this happen to a young player with a bright future. He really needs to keep his head up, but that was Edler trying to sneak a cheap shot on him. That could have gone a LOT worse than it did, and props to Hertl for shaking it off. I hated seeing our rookie Tarasenko go down with a concussion last year, and he’s just now starting to come back to form. Can’t wait to see the Sharks and my Blues square off soon. LGB!

  18. mikemaric - Oct 12, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    ^^^yeah that is why he should have gotten a penalty but not suspended for 3 games. I repeat – a joke.

  19. sedin3322 - Oct 12, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    If this was a hit on a fourth liner it wouldn’t have gotten a second look

  20. mikemaric - Oct 13, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    I wonder if Hertl’s style of play will continue with this Rhino skating style ?

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