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Avs’ McLeod suspended five games for boarding Kronwall

Oct 21, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT

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Colorado forward Cody McLeod has been suspended five games for boarding Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall on Thursday night, the NHL has announced.

McLeod, 29, was given a five-minute boarding major and game misconduct for the hit, which knocked Kronwall out and forced him from the game on a stretcher.

In his explanatory video, NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan notes that the Department of Player Safety took into account Kronwall’s actions just prior to the hit — quickly changing direction “against the grain.”

That said, Kronwall’s sudden movement didn’t absolve McLeod of blame.

“Although Kronwall might’ve put himself in a more vulnerable position, the key to this play is that we’re convinced McLeod has time to avoid or minimize checking Kronwall from behind,” Shanahan explained. “Although Kronwall cuts back, McLeod actually makes an adjustment to his own path and is responsible for the violent collision that results.”

Here’s the video:

Shanahan also notes that, while Kronwall has resumed skating with the Wings, he suffered a serious injury on the play. McLeod had no supplemental discipline history — fines or suspensions — so that did not play a role in the punishment.

McLeod missed Colorado’s win on Saturday over Buffalo and won’t play tonight against Pittsburgh. He’ll proceed to sit out games against Carolina, Winnipeg and Dallas before being eligible to return on Nov. 2 against Montreal.

MacLeod will also forfeit $29,487.20 in salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

  1. charlieconway96 - Oct 21, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Suspension has to be more than 5 games if there is any hope of getting dirty hits like this out of the game. McLeod was lining up the hit from above the hash marks and as Shanahan says in the video, changed his course to follow through.

    • upper90cheese - Oct 22, 2013 at 8:01 AM

      Hi, I’m Brendan Shanaban. I used to play for Detroit.

      • wingsdjy - Oct 22, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        and New Jersey and St. Louis and Hartford and New York Rangers. What’s your point?

      • charlieconway96 - Oct 23, 2013 at 2:35 AM

        Nice thought Chez, given the fact that he was offered an in-person hearing he could have been handed a lot more (especially if there was some sort of Wings bias). I’m all for guys dropping the gloves in the league but no one can be a fan elbow to the head from behind.

  2. btlpper68 - Oct 21, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    So they think lapi hit and mcloud is the same? I don’t agree so who cares if Boyle stumbled LAPI saw numbers all the way where mcloud hit was still bad but kronwall turned rigt into him

    • elvispocomo - Oct 21, 2013 at 6:55 PM

      Actually, McLeod saw numbers all the way. Kronwall turned into him, where Boyle turned away from Lappy. Lappy gets in trouble for the extra shove at the end with Boyle falling where McLeod gets in trouble for never deviating from the intent to hit a player he’s been behind the whole time.

    • polegojim - Oct 21, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      Elvis is correct… McLeod’s may have even been worse. I watched the whole thing.

      at least 5… and SHOULD be… 5+ as long as Nik is out.

  3. porkchopexpress1969 - Oct 21, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Should if been longer, chicken s&@t hit.

    • polegojim - Oct 21, 2013 at 7:20 PM

      Yes PorchChop… it was. You wanna hit someone, hit them when they’re looking.

      The challenge is revenge.

      McLeod will be looking over HIS shoulder on March 6th… at the Joe.

      Where is McCarty???

      • pxland - Oct 21, 2013 at 7:29 PM

        Drug rehab?

        The Wings won’t retaliate.

      • polegojim - Oct 21, 2013 at 7:49 PM

        Pixieland… get off the drugs

      • pxland - Oct 21, 2013 at 7:55 PM

        What? Lol.

    • upper90cheese - Oct 22, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      Kronwall turns at the last second, putting himself in the most vulnerable position possible, assuming the forward in pursuit will give him a free pass to continue up the wall. Should Mcleod just skate on by and do nothing? Stupid play on Kronwalls part.

  4. sabatimus - Oct 21, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    ALL such suspensions should be longer, with more team consequences. Until that happens, this crap will continue.

  5. raiderssuckballz - Oct 21, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Kronwall got Bertuzzied!! LOL

  6. stinkpretty1 - Oct 22, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Shanny was proper.

  7. aventador12 - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    Kronwall got Kron-Walled. I thought it should’ve been more games, but that’s Shanny.

    • chibimike - Oct 22, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      Sorry, no. A Kronwall is a clean open-ice hit that draws neither a penalty nor suspension. This was far from a Kronwall-ing.

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