Much like we saw with Brad Stuart, Vancouver defenseman Alexander Edler is being suspended three games for an illegal hit. This time, Edler took it out on San Jose Sharks sensation Tomas Hertl during Thursday night’s game.
Edler had an illegal check on Hertl, and from replays, it was clear that Edler was intending to hit the rookie in the head.
It can be said that this penalty might not fit the crime, and that a bigger suspension should have been handed out to Edler, but now it’s said and done, and the defenseman will sit for three games.
From an article on Sports Ilustrated,
Edler will lose $182,926.83 in salary. He is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Edler collided with Hertl near the Vancouver bench in the second period of the Canucks 4-1 loss to the Sharks, causing Hertl’s helmet to fly off.
No penalty was assessed on the play.
We saw the same thing with San Jose’s Brad Stuart. He gave a big to Rick Nash on the Rangers, and is sitting out just three games for it. It will be interesting to see if the NHL decides to up the ante and start handing out bigger suspensions as the season progresses.