There are, as everybody knows, only two ways to get out of working on New Year's Eve: the first is to book the day off well in advance. The second is to do something stupid that gets you sent home.
Unfortunately for Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McLeod, with a December 31 tilt with the Anaheim Ducks just five days away, his only viable option was the second approach. Think this hit from behind on Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon will be enough?
McLeod seems determined to get the necessary three games here, which is why he does all the right things to draw Brendan Shanahan's ire. He hits Spurgeon directly in the numbers. He gets a nice long run at it. He drives Spurgeon headfirst into the boards. And he appears to injure the Wild defender, who left the game, seemingly unable to put weight on his leg, and would not return.
Think it's enough for a Shanaban?
Wild fans sure think so, although they're also pessimistic that supplementary discipline's on the w...