Found January 02, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
The NHL suspended St. Louis Blues defenseman Ian Cole for three games due to a hit to the head of Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader, and the St. Louis Blues’ response, a statement from Blues GM Doug Armstrong to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford, sums up the ways in which teams tend to respond to suspensions for hits to the head umder Brendan Shanahan’s watch: I don’t think it was a reckless play…I think it was a hockey play that was legal 12 months ago that’s not legal today,” he said. “I understand the sensitivity on hits to the head and we respect that, but I support Ian in the sense that it was a play that (Abdelkader) coming across the middle has to be aware, and unfortunately he wasn’t. “We accept the decision because we understand the importance of player safety. I respect the league because I sit in on those meetings and we do say that we want to (eliminate these types of hits), so you have to live with the ramifications. But I don’t think it was an intentf...

Sunday afternoon Red Wings tidbits: Cole to the principal’s office, more Winter Classic talk, etc.

Of Red Wings-related note on a blustery Sunday afternoon: • As Paul already noted, Blues defenseman Ian Cole has been summoned to the principal’s office for a hearing with Mr. Shanahan after checking Justin Abdelkader shoulder-first in Saturday’s 3-0 Wings win. I’m guessing that Cole’s going to be fined but not suspended given his status as a first-time offender and given...

Blues D Cole suspended 3 games

St. Louis Blues defenseman Ian Cole was suspended three games for delivering an illegal check to the head of Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader in Saturday night's game. Cole was assessed a minor penalty for the check. Abdelkader later scored a goal in Detroit's 3-0 win. The 22-year-old Cole has one goal and three assists in 13 games this season. He will be eligible...

Video: Blues Defenseman Ian Cole Suspended Three Games For Illegal Hit

Already shorthanded on defense with injuries to Kris Russell and Kent Huskins, the St. Louis Blues will now be without defenseman Ian Cole for three games. Cole is not injured though.  He will be missing three games due to suspension. The NHL's Department of Player Safety announced on Sunday that Cole would be suspended for three games for a hit to the head made at center...

Should Cole Be Suspended? reports that Ian Cole will have a hearing today for his hit on Justin Abdelkader. "Blues' defenseman Ian Cole faces a disciplinary hearing Sunday for his illegal check to the head penalty on Red Wings' forward Justin Abdelkader in the first period of Saturday's game." Click the jump for more There seems to be a difference of opinion on whether...

Blues’ Cole will sit three games for hitting Red Wings’ Justin Abdelkader in the head

As it turns out, St. Louis Blues defenseman Ian Cole will spend three games watching his teammates play thanks to his hit to the head of Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader. Per the NHL: Blues defenseman Ian Cole has been suspended for three games for delivering an illegal check to the head of Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader during NHL Game #563 in Detroit on Saturday...

Blues’ Cole earns first ban of 2012; Three games for head hit

Congratulations are in order for St. Louis Blues' defenseman Ian Cole, who becomes the first of what, if 2011 was any indication, will be many NHL players to earn a Shanaban in 2012. Cole has been suspended 3 NHL games, and will forfeit $21,081.09 in salary to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund (i.e. used to buy a car for the player whose confidence is shaken when he...

Blues Ian Cole shoulders Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader in the head; Abby OK

Somehow, Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader managed to pass his baseline tests in the “quiet room” and return, and scored a goal no less, after taking a shoulder directly to the head from St. Louis Blues defenseman Ian Cole. Cole received 2 minutes for an illegal check to the head. Will post a better video when we find it: Here’s hoping that Fox Sports Detroit posts Mickey...

Ian Cole suspended three games for hit on Justin Abdelkader

After blowing a bunch of calls against the Minnesota Wild since November 30th, 2011, but that's another story, Brendan Shanahan the NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Hockey Operations has finally made the right call again. This suspension was a no-brainer and Cole had to suspended or Shannahan would have lost all of his credibility. The Blues General Managers...

NHL gives Cole three games for hit on Abdelkader

Ian Cole hardly had a chance to re-acquainted with teammates. After sitting out eight consecutive games as a healthy scratch, Cole recently returned to the lineup for two games. But thanks to a hit on

Blues Recall Cade Fairchild To Replace Suspended Ian Cole

When St. Louis Blues defenseman Kris Russell went down with an injury last week, Ian Cole finally was given an opportunity to see regular time in the Blues defensive rotation. With the opportunity in hand, Cole was playing pretty well.  Then, in a 3-0 shutout loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night, Cole rocked Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkater with a hit that caught...

Red Wings overnight report: World Junior-playing prospects steal the spotlight

The Detroit Red Wings received a welcome day off on Sunday, and aside from addressing Ian Cole’s three-game suspension for hitting Justin Abdelkader in the head, the Wings will hit the ice at noon hoping to move on from their win over the Blues on Saturday, preparing for a four-game road trip which starts in Dallas on Tuesday, includes a short trip home for staying at home’s...

Blues D Cole suspended three games

St. Louis Blues defenseman Ian Cole was suspended three games for illegally checking Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader in the head during Saturday night's game.

Wings' Abdelkader makes most of promotion

Whenever a player gets hurt, talk quickly turns to how that creates an opportunity for someone else to expand his role. Right now, that has fallen to Justin Abdelkader, who has risen to do so figuratively and literally.

Blues' Cole suspended for hit on Abby

Justin Abdelkader was knocked from Saturday's game by an illegal hit to the head, but returned to score in the Wings' 3-0 win against St. Louis. DETROIT – For...

Cole's suspension frustrates Blues

The NHL slapped him with a three-game suspension after a hit on Justin Abdelkader
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