Canucks’ Edler suspended 3 games

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Canucks’ Edler suspended 3 games

New  York,  NY (SportsNetwork.com)  – The NHL  has suspended Vancouver Canucks defenseman  Alex  Edler three  games without  pay for an  illegal check to the head of San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl.

The  incident  took  place with  14  seconds  left  in  the second  period  of Vancouver’s 4-1 loss to San Jose on Thursday.

“Edler  does not  hit Hertl squarely,” explained NHL director of player safety Brendan  Shanahan in  a video description of the incident. “He cuts across the front of Hertl, making the head the main point of contact.

“Although  Hertl  is leaning  forward,  the  position  of  his head  does  not materially  change immediately  prior to,  or simultaneous  with the  hit that significantly  contributes to this head contact. Aside from his helmet popping up  into  the air,  Hertl’s reaction to  this hit —  getting spun rather than getting  driven  into the direction Edler  was traveling — reaffirms our view that his head is the main point of contact.”

Edler  is considered  a  repeat offender  under the  terms  of the  Collective Bargaining  Agreement and  based on  his average  annual salary,  will forfeit $182,926.83. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

10/11 16:31:56 ET
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