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Oilers D Andy Sutton suspended indefinitely

Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:24 am
Edited on: December 8, 2011 4:44 pm
By: Adam Gretz

Andy Sutton was suspended for the second time already this season for a dangerous hit, this time being suspended indefinitely until Brendan Shanahan can decide how long it will last.

During his brief time in charge of NHL discipline, Shanahan has put a rather large emphasis on whether or not a player is a repeat offender, or has a history of illegal hits. That's probably not good news for the Edmonton Oilers defenseman after his elbow to the head of Carolina Hurricanes forward Alexei Ponikarovsky on Wednesday night. When his punishment is officially announced, it won't be kind.

The play occurred midway through the third period of Carolina's 5-3 win, which was also the first victory for Kirk Muller as an NHL head coach.

Here's a look at the play:

Sutton received a two-minute minor for boarding. He was all over the ice on Wednesday making his presence felt physically, and tallied nine penalty minutes over the course of the game, including another boarding penalty in the second period, as well as a five-minute major for fighthing after he delivered a huge (and what appeared to legal) open ice hit on Carolina's Jeff Skinner.

Earlier this season Sutton was suspended five games for an illegal hit to the head of Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog, and during that suspension video Shanahan cited Sutton's past history of fines and suspensions for various illegal plays. And now he has another one just a little over a month later.

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Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:37 pm

Oilers D Andy Sutton suspended indefinitely

Sutton deserves the suspension he got. 

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:15 am

Is Andy Sutton facing another suspension?

I don't get it - Sutton had him lined up and could have delivered a hard, clean check. Instead, he leaves his feet and targets Ponikarovsky's head. Shanny and the NHL are putting these videos out to try and make it clear what is illegal and what isn't. I know there is a fine line between a clean hit and one that is over the line, but this seems to me like a clear-cut illegal hit. Sutton left his feet and he targeted Ponikarovsky's head. Factor in that he's a repeat offender, and I'm guessing that you're looking at a lengthy suspension. 

I just saw Andy Sutton being interviewed this past weekend on CBC's after hours segment. He's a bright guy who seems to have a clue. What was he thinking? 

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