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Alex Edler suspended three games

Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Alexander Edler has been suspended three games for a hit to the head of San Jose Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl during Thursday night’s 4-1 loss to the Sharks.

With less than 10 seconds remaining in the second period, Edler cut across the ice and caught Hertl with a check where the head was the main contact point.

Edler didn’t receive a penalty on the play, but on Friday, NHL supplementary discipline had other ideas. They held the conference call with Edler over the phone, meaning the suspension would be a maximum of five games.

The obligatory Brendan Shanahan suspension explanation video can be found below.

As mentioned in the video, Edler is a repeat offender under the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, having been suspended for two games for a charging penalty in March. Edler forfeits $182,926.83 (($5,000,000 salary / 82 games) x 3 games) in salary during his suspension. He is eligible to return to the lineup on Oct. 19 on the road against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

He’s also suspended internationally, having caught Canadian Eric Staal knee-on-knee while playing for Sweden at the IIHF World Hockey Championships. He’ll be suspended for two games the next time he represents the Tre Kronor, whether it’s in Sochi at the Olympics or back at the World Championships in Minsk, Belarus.

The biggest question here is why Edler would take the shot. Was he going after Hertl to stand up for those who outed Hertl as a hot dog following his four-goal performance against the New York Rangers? For what it’s worth, Edler didn’t recycle the ‘I didn’t do it on purpose’ line following the incident. Only Edler knows for sure.

The 6’3″, 215-pound Edler is a big body for the Canucks, but he needs to use it properly instead of putting himself in situations where he could get himself in trouble. Edler is in his seventh full season with the Canucks, and he’s an important player to the team’s efforts to build a winner. While Edler will never be confused for fellow Swede Nicklas Lidstrom, he plays a strong game at both ends of the ice, and his presence will be missed for the next three games, especially with two relatively inexperienced defencemen in Ryan Stanton and Chris Tanev already in the lineup.

Topics: Alexander Edler, Suspensions, Vancouver Canucks

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