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Blue Jackets' Byers suspended three games

Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:01 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2012 8:17 pm

By Brian Stubits

Brendan Shanahan enjoyed a few quiet days in the past week, it must have felt like the Christmas break again, minus the delicious ham or turkey dinner, of course.

But he was back at it on Monday, handing down a three-game suspension to Columbus Blue Jackets forward Dane Byers. To the video ...

The hit occurred in the Sharks zone with San Jose trying to advance the puck out. Byers came across the ice and put a hit on Desjardins. But as Shanahan notes, the principal point of contact was the head of Desjardins, an obvious no no as the NHL has made clear multiple times this season.

What Shanahan notes in giving Byers a three-game suspension is how he had the chance to deliver a body check but instead rose up and delivered a hit to the head using his shoulder and continued to drive upward through the hit.

Adding into the mix, Desjardins was injured as a result of the hit, leaving him a little groggy and leading to concussion tests.

Plus Byers, despite being a recent callup from the AHL, has a suspension on his NHL resume for starting a fight in the final five minutes of a game. So the three strikes in this case add up to three games.

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Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 5:29 pm

Blue Jackets' Byers suspended three games

There'll always be plenty of turkeys coming along for Shanahan's turkey dinner.

Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 5:24 pm

Blue Jackets' Byers suspended three games

I guess the BJ's are trying to lead the league in fights...they are 2nd behind the Rangers many meatheads do they need? And Cam Atkinson is still in the minors?

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:28 pm

Blue Jackets' Byers suspended three games

Bass, Dorsett, Boll, and Byers.   Some quality hockey players right there.    Trash on skates.

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