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Red Wings’ Kronwall ‘day-to-day’ with mild concussion

Oct 18, 2013, 11:17 PM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings will be without defenseman Niklas Kronwall, although for how long remains to be seen.

Kronwall suffered a mild concussion after he was driven from behind and face-first into the end boards by Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McLeod on Thursday and is, according to what Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told Detroit media, “day-to-day.”

Kronwall was taken off the ice on a stretcher, while McLeod was given a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.

McLeod now faces an in-person hearing with the NHL. That means he could receive a suspension of six games or more.

  1. barkar942 - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    I personally have no idea who McLeod is or if he has a reputation or whatever. I have looked at the video replay numerous times. It seems to me that McLeod appeared to be accelerating as if to follow Kronwall to their right behind the goal, and then Kronwell quickly turns back to his left into McLeod’s path. Kronwell’s last second action or turning to the left significantly changes the entire effect of McLeods impact with Kronwall.
    McLeod did not leave his feet, and it appears that most of the impact to Kronwall’s head was from McLeods hip, not an outstretched arm or a raised shoulder. Kronwell’s head was low enough to be hit by McLeod’s hip.
    Believe me, I want to see dirty players who do hit with intent to injure removed from the game as much as possible. I personally see no intent to injure from McLeod. I am curious as to how the league will handle this one.

    • polegojim - Oct 19, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      You’re just flat wrong on this one bark… and you even highlighted the point.

      A player ‘picking up speed’ on a guy going towards the boards is looking to injure… at the very least, it’s ‘Charging’.

      McLeod isn’t a typically dirty player… but he was going for a big hit ‘at all costs’ and made ZERO attempt to pull up. Those are EXACTLY the types of hits that the league has been trying to get out of the game. They’re not ‘good hits’… they’re reckless… and every player on the ice knows it before they lace up.

      That’s why he’ll get a deserved fine and vacation. I think the rule should be ‘5 games MIN suspension, PLUS the length of time that the injured player is out’. You put a guy out for a month, you sit for a month.

  2. matt14gg - Oct 19, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    This is an easy hit to avoid. You can still “finish your check”, but you need to drive to the center of the player’s body and not the head. McLeod’s job is to pin the player to the boards and compete for the puck. That can easily be done, but instead he drives his forearm and his full weight into Kronwall’s head. This goes back to something very fundamental in hockey today. GUYS DON’T KNOW HOW TO CHECK PROPERLY!!!

    IN USA Hockey you are not allowed to check until Bantams (it was Pee Wees until 2 years ago). Not sure what it is in Canada, but the point is kids never learn to check until they are so big that the checks they deliver can really hurt someone. It used to be that you could check right from Mites (Atoms in Canada), and at that age you couldn’t get hurt because the kids are so small that the contact was minimal. Now kids who have never checked before are unleashed as Bantams (some of these kids are huge), having never been taught to check properly, to run around and destroy guys. Yes there are “checking clinics” but they are taught by coaches who are often just parents who don’t know what the hell they are doing. USA Hockey believes it has made the game safer, when in fact it has made the game more dangerous. We now have generations of hockey players who were never taught to check properly who have grown into men who run around headhunting guys. This hit was a perfect example.

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