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Avs' McLeod booted for check on Wild's Spurgeon

Posted on: December 26, 2011 9:27 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2011 9:32 pm

By Brian Stubits

It didn't take long for somebody to see if Brendan Shanahan is still feeling jolly from his Christmas break.

At the 5:20 of the first period in Minnesota, Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cody McLeod was given a five-minute major for checking from behind on the Wild's Jared Spurgeon. After a little deliberation while Spurgeon remained on the ice, McLeod was then assessed a game misconduct, ensuring a review from the league.

So everybody knows the drill by now: Is this worthy of a suspension by Shanahan and his staff?

Admittedly, the play did look bad in live action. The fact that Spurgeon was down on the ice for some time then left the ice with help isn't good news for McLeod hoping to avoid suspension and stay with the Avs, who are suddenly hot once again.

But this is a tough call. You can see McLeod following behind with his hand on Spurgeon's back and it seems like a relatively innocent forecheck on the play. The problem comes when Spurgeon puts on the brakes and McLeod doesn't. I don't see much of a push on the play from McLeod.

It certainly doesn't seem any worse to me than the hit from Zach Bogosian on the Wild's Pierre-Marc Bouchard, which did not result in a suspension.

It doesn't speak a lot for the consistency of the discipline offices, but if I were to guess I'd say no suspension should result, but no decision will surprise me (outside of a long suspension, that is). Remember, McLeod essentially served a one-game suspension in this one, being ineligible for 54 of the 60 minutes. The only difference is he'll still get a pay check for the game.

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Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:40 pm

Avs' McLeod booted for check on Wild's Spurgeon

Should be at least 3 games.  Same as Engelland got for the hit on Kruger.
But that won't happen.  Shamahan isn't consistent in dishing out suspensions.

Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:02 pm

Avs' McLeod booted for check on Wild's Spurgeon

1 to 2 games.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 10:42 am

Avs' McLeod booted for check on Wild's Spurgeon

Considering Shanahan's track record involving Wild players, I doubt he's going to do anything to the Avs player. Shanahan is the same guy who didn't suspend the Jets skater who boarded Pierre-Marc Bouchard (resulting in a broken nose) or the Oilers skater who went knee-to-knee on Cal Clutterbuck (who ended up missing two games because of the hit). Meanwhile, PMB gets two games for a fairly innocent high stick - it rode up the other guy's stick, who by the way had been slashing him the whole time. The injuries are piling up now for the Wild, and most of them are because of illegal hits. Coincidentally, they've fallen out of the top spot in the NHL and have been replaced by the big market teams. The Wild have dressed the most skaters and the most rookies in the NHL this year; they couldn't possibly keep up the pace from earlier in the season. Imagine where they'd be if they stayed healthy and didn't have to put a minor-league team out on the ice.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:00 am

Avs' McLeod booted for check on Wild's Spurgeon

Spurgeon never touched the puck either, and McLeod's stick was up at the waist or higher when contact started.   If he kept his stick down and reached for the puck, I would say the game misconduct was enough.   Since he played the body only, with numbers square to him, he should see some supplemental discipline.    I think he gets suspended because his stick was off the ice at contact, Spurgeon was in a vulnerable position, Spurgeon hadn't touched the puck, and Spurgeon was injured on the illegal and dangerous hit.  

Shanahan will spin the wheel.

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