IIHF suspends Alex Edler first two Olympic games for hit on Staal
The kneeing hit that cost Alexander Edler the last two games at the Worlds will cost him the first two at the Olympics, the IIHF announced.
Alexander Edler missed the final two games of the world championships with Sweden this summer due to a suspension for kneeing Canada's Eric Staal. He's now going to miss the first two games at the Olympics for the same incident.
The IIHF further reviewed the Canucks defenseman's hit on Staal earlier this summer that left the Hurricanes forward in a heap on the ice in serious pain and decided the punishment wasn't severe enough yet.
The panel determined at that time that Edler should have been penalized with a match penalty as he was in clear violation of the playing rule 536b (Kneeing) and deemed Edler's action as reckless, dangerous and in disregard to the vulnerability of his opponent for which he must be held accountable.
Assuming he will still make the Swedish team -- which is not a dangerous assumption -- that means he'll miss two round-robin games against the Czech Republic and Switzerland. The Czechs are always a dangerous team and the Swiss have been getting better and better in every international tournament. Sweden should be OK, though, they won gold at the world's without Edler in the medal rounds.
As for Staal there is no clear timetable but whatever it is, he is apparently ahead of it in his rehab efforts.
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