If you’ve been off social media for the past couple of hours, you’ve likely missed the news that Alex Edler has been handed a 3 game suspension for the “illegal check to the head” of Tomas Hertl in last night’s game. And I’m likely about to say something that will upset a fair number of you.
I think three games for Edler is reasonable.
While there is considerable debate to the legality of Edler’s hit itself – of note there was no call on the ice at the time – it’s hard to argue with Brendan “Banahammer” Shanahan’s assertion in his discipline video that the main point of impact is Hertl’s head (as you can see from the video below):
So why the suspension on what most are saying was a “legal” hockey hit (man am I overusing quotation marks)? It has everything to do with the first sentence of Rule 48 – Illegal Check to the Head
A hit resulting in contact with an opponent’s head where the head is targeted and the principal point of contact is not permitted.
While there are those who say Hertl hit Edler, I think we all agree a collision took place between and Edler’s arm/shoulder/body caught Hertl’s noggin square. Based on that fact alone, Edler violated Rule 48 and probably got off unfairly unscathed during the game.
For those of you who are about to castigate me in a public fashion, you’re not wrong in thinking there was no malice, intent, or recklessness involved – I don’t believe there was. But the language in the rule itself goes on further to accommodate that line of thought:
However, in determining whether such a hit should have been permitted, the circumstances of the hit, including whether the opponent put himself in a vulnerable position immediately prior to or simultaneously with the hit or the head contact on an otherwise legal body check was avoidable, can be considered.
As Shanahan explains in his video, these factors were taken into consideration when doling out supplementary discipline. And I would go as far as to say this whole issue would be moot had Edler made contact with anything other than Hertl’s head.
And lastly, this incident seems far too similar to Edler’s knee-on-knee hit on Eric Staal in last year’s World Cup – another incident where Edler appears slide down the train tracks before contact. With this one, I’ll let you be the judge:
Welcome to the second TGATT of the Canucks 2013/14 season. Well, really it should’ve been the third by J.J. decided it was a good idea to get all hooped up on mai tais in Hawaii and dropped the ball! Talk about letting down the team, eh?
Anyhow, what did we expect from the Canucks last night? The lackluster effort like we saw in San Jose or the beating we saw them lay against the Oilers at home Saturday?
Sure you did.
Getting themselves off to a fantastic start in the first 10 minutes of the game two nights ago, Canucks nation held out hope that the team was quickly gelling under John Tortorella. But Vancouver dug themselves a hole, forced to kill off a two-minute 5-on-3 before a handful of turnovers led to two quick Sharks goals.
Tonight, Vancouver looks for their first win of the year and have the chance to get it in front of their fans as they host their home opener against the Edmonton Oilers.
0-1-0, 0 points (6th in the Pacific Division, 12th in the Western Conference). After only ONE game (you can breathe again).
It’s the first matchup between the two teams of the regular season, but this also marks the first time the two meet since Zack Kassian’s errant stick broke Sam Gagner’s jaw (and Dale Weise’s dangerous hit on Taylor Hall). Kassian is still suspended, but Weise will be in the Vancouver lineup, creating the potential for some fireworks if the game gets out of hand for either team.
Alex Ovechkin, he of 3 goals for 5 points in 2 games. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on the cut of your jib) he’s not playing for the Canucks or Oilers.
The Canucks offence. Beyond a strong effort against a light Phoenix squad in the preseason, the hometown team could very well be part of Team PowerSmart considering the lack of goal lights they’ve been turning on.
Who’s In, Who’s Out
Alex Burrows won’t be in the lineup for the next few weeks, as Tortorella announced at this morning’s pre-game skate that Burrows broke a bone in his foot blocking a shot. In his place, Torts said the Canucks aren’t calling up an additional forward and will instead dress an extra defenceman… So, uh, the Sedins are currently playing with a mystery linemate for now.
Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – ???
Chris Higgins – Ryan Kesler – Jannik Hansen
David Booth – Mike Santorelli – Brad Richardson
Tom Sestito – Zac Dalpe – Dale Weise
Dan Hamhuis – Kevin Bieksa
Alex Edler – Jason Garrison
Ryan Stanton – Chris Tanev
Ryan Smyth – Taylor Hall – Ales Hemsky
Jesse Joensuu – Boyd Gordon – Jordan Eberle
David Perron – Mark Arcobello – Nail Yakupov
Luke Gazdic – Will Acton – Mike Brown
Andrew Ference – Justin Schultz
Ladislav Smid – Jeff Petry
Nick Schultz – Anton Belov
Over the years, we at Canucks Hockey Blog have received countless email, tweets, random conversations at games and other such forms of communication from people interested in joining the crazy cast of characters we call CHB. And while the timing hasn’t always been right, we always knew that we’d eventually look to grow.
Joyous news folks! That time is now!
Do you have what it takes?