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Andy Sutton suspended 5 games

Posted on: November 1, 2011 4:50 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 8:01 pm

By: Adam Gretz

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Andy Sutton had an in-person hearing with Brendan Shanahan on Monday for his hit to the head of Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog on Friday night. Because the hearing was done in person the NHL had the option of suspending Sutton for at least five games, and that's exactly what it did on Tuesday when Shanahan announced that Sutton will be forced to sit out Edmonton's next five games, which also result in him forfeiting over $57,000 in salary.

"The video shows that as Landeskog looks back to receive the pass in the neutral zone," said Shanahan in his latest suspension video (shown above). "Sutton steps up in anticipation of delivering a hit. Sutton takes an improper route to Landeskog and does not deliver a full body check. Instead he picks Landeskog's head. This is a clear violation of the illegal check to the head rule."

He continued: "At the moment of impact, it's clear that the head is the principal point of contact and has been recklessly targeted. Landeskog is looking back for the pass and rotates his head, but the position of his head does not dramaticallly change. Regardless of whether there is brushing of Landeskog's shoulder, the head is the principal of contact and the head is picked by Sutton."

Shanahan also added that it was taken into consideration that throughout his career Sutton has previously been fined and suspended for various illegal checks and while he is not considered a repeat offender according to the CBA, he felt they could not ignore his history of illegal hits.

Sutton will not be eligible to return to the Oilers lineup until Sunday, Nov. 13 against the Chicago Blackhawks, which is the final game of a six-game road trip the team starts on Thursday. He will miss games against Los Angeles, Phoenix, Montreal, Boston and Detroit.

In 10 games this season Sutton has recorded one assist and logged an average of 16 minutes of ice-time per game.

Said Sutton in a statement released by the team: "I have been informed of and understand the League's decision, however, I had no intention of delivering an illegal check.  For 14 years, I've always played the game with respect and integrity and I will continue to do so when I return."

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Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:46 pm

Andy Sutton suspended 5 games

"he brushed a guy?"  what check do you think they are talking about?  6ft 5inch 240lbs Andy Sutton basically avoided the body and the puck to play nothing but the head???? even if he missed he should be tossed for 5. and sutton has been suspended and fined numerous times, even before the league got "serious" (hahaha).  lets be clear, there was no elbow, it was pure shoulder/upperarm, but he went after the weakest spot.  and that makes sutton kind of a puss, or a no talent.  they hit sutton with a 5 game, more importantly $57,000 warning that this is bush league. No one would have cried if he had busted his shoulder, or broke the guys ribs, instead he went after the only thing that could kill you if hit wrong....
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Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:29 pm

Andy Sutton suspended 5 games

Okay these suspensions are just getting ridiculous, i would understand maybe 1 or 2 games with out pay for some of them, but suspending a guy for five games, when yes he was trying to deliver a blow, but basically just brushed the guy is absolutely insane.  Shannahan needs to be fired, this guy is out of control.

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:35 am

Andy Sutton suspended 5 games

Wow 5 games for that?
Not an elbow in site.
You heard Shanahan mention an elbow?? Don't go by CBS story lines. He clearly targeted the head; 5 games is a good call.

Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:36 am

When are these meatheads...

...gonna roid down?

Since: Sep 8, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:00 pm

Andy Sutton suspended 5 games

Wow 5 games for that?
Not an elbow in site.

Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 8:00 pm

Andy Sutton suspended 5 games

Have to be honest here, that hit was nowhere near as bad as some of the ones, not even called during games. 

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