Originally posted on All Things Avs  |  Last updated 10/29/11
Edmonton Oilers defenseman Andy Sutton was suspended today by the NHL for his blindside cheap shot elbow to the head of Avs rookie Gabriel Landeskog last night. Sutton, a bad player on a lot of bad teams in his journeyman career, will have his sentence determined Monday after an in-person meeting with the NHL’s Brendan Shanahan. This could be a long suspension folks. This was a textbook cheap shot violation of Rule 48, the one implemented by the league to penalize blindside hits targeting the head. Landeskog could have had his career ended over this hit. Don’t believe me? Ask someone like Boston’s Marc Savard or any of the other numerous players who have been victimized by such hits. Landeskog appears to have escaped injury – he practiced today and seemed fine. But sometimes concussion symptoms can present themselves well after a hit like that. And how do we know maybe he doesn’t feel something already, but won’t say anything? We don’t. In the old days, Sutton probably would have sk...
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