No hair was pulled in this encounter

Well, it’s official: Duncan Keith has been suspended by the NHL for five games for his hit on Daniel Sedin on Wednesday and the rush of Blackhawks fans complaining about the severity of the punishment and Canucks fans complaining about Brendan Shanahan’s Chicago favoritism has begun in spectacular fashion.

Seriously, it’s hilarious. Twitter search ALL of this. Search @NHLShanahan mentions. Search #Canucks and #Blackhawks hashtags. I could read all of it for hours. Alas, I digress…

I think Shanahan and his department got the call right. There are obviously two clear sides to this – the argument that Keith was a first time offender (his hit on Matt Cooke in 2009 is not taken into consideration here) in the eyes of the league and the suspension should have been in line with the 2-3 games typical of first time offenders. On the other hand, this was a pretty blatant shot at a guy and it was nasty enough that it should have put him out for the season which would put him in the 7-8 game territory.

I think Shanahan hit the happy medium here with five games. It was a bad hit, but Keith has no history and the rationale is in line with past suspensions.

Here’s the explanation of the suspension per the Brendan himself.

In case you missed it earlier this week, here is the hit itself.

I’ve said all I care to on the issue. I think five games is fair. What do you folks think? Is five games too harsh? Not enough? Right on the button? Let us know.

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Comments (25)

  1. I think that the first hit(yes a head shot)by the sedin sister.,keith should have pounded him right away.Like I said before the N.H.L is a pussy league….My sat. night rec.league(and we all have jobs to go to on mon. morning)Hits harder than these pussies.We don’t allow head shots and we police our activities on the ice.But alot of us have played in this league for more that 10 years…..And we respect each other…something the NO HIT LEAGUE does not do.Wait until the nucks play the Bruins again…..KILL THE SEDIN SISTERS!!!!!

    • Wow.

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    • Well, you seem like a man with reasonable views and opinions.
      Clearly that was well thought out and substantiated post!

    • I think this post is well done. I am glad Daniel got no games for that hit on Duncan.

      Fred I think you have issues. The Sedins are not cheap artists like Marchand, Tootoo, and others. So when Keith gives a dangerous elbow to the face Shanny is correct in suspending him. This is not in your definition of NO HITTING LEAGUE. His elbow hit his face and in every league even your ‘amazing’ rec league it would be unacceptable. If that happened in your league someone would have dropped the gloves and knocked the guys teeth out. Keith did not use his body to hit Daniel’s body which would have been acceptable but elbow to the face is nasty.

      I wouldn’t have been surprised if he got 7 or 9 with that elbow. But 5 is good for a player who has not been suspended before. I just hope Daniel isn’t out as long as Crosby or Backstrom.

    • YOU DON’T KNOW SHIT LOL EVER PLAY HOCKEY OR JUST BEEN A SELF PROCLAIMED KNOW IT ALL HOCKEY ANALYSIST .CHARA SHOULD GET A PENTALITY EVERY TIME HE THROWS A CHECK LOL BEING TALLER MAKES ALL HIS CHECKS HIGH UP . MAYBE YOU SHOULD ACCEPT THE TRUTH ,THESE HITS ARE FAR FROM BEING THE SAME . ONE IS WHAT NORMALLY HAPPENS IN A CONTACT SPORT BORDER LINE 2 MIN PENTALITY OTHER FULL OUT DIRTY CHICKEN SHIT HIT . CHIC. HAS ALOT OF GREAT PLAYERS AND I WONT BASH THE WHOLE TEAM FOR ONE PLAYERS MISTAKE .VAN ALSO HAS ALOT OF GREAT PLAYERS ALSO ,BUT WHEN ONE OF THEIR PLAYERS DOES A DIRTY PLAY ,NOT FAIR TO BASH WHOLE TEAM . WHEN YOU SO CALLED HOCKEY FANS DO THIS ,SOUND LIKE A BUNCH OF BABIES WITH NO CLASS . THE SEDINS ARE MORE OF A MAN THAN YOU WILL EVER BE ,MAYBE YOU SHOULD EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT WHAT KIND OF MEN THEY ARE OFF THE ICE .TRUE ROLE MODELS FOR YOUNG KIDS ,DONATE ALOT OF TIME AND MONEY FOR CHARITY

  2. Its the same shit from Vancouver fans, whine about anything done to one of their players. Mean while the other 29 teams are tired of all your cheap shots that are never punished. Change the team name to the hypocrites.

    • BColeman…I am not sure what you are talking about. I watch quite a few Canuck games and they don’t land a elbow straight to the face. The Keith elbow was dangerous and obviously deserved and received a suspension.

      Just sounds like you hate the Canucks. Give me examples of how the Canucks are cheap shot artists. The only one I can think of is Bertuzzi a million yrs ago and EVERYONE disagreed with his actions and he was severely punished.

    • All you Canucks haters are full of shit , yeah they have some players on the team that stir up shit ,but not whole team .But this whole crap about Sedin started it with a high hit ,come on who’s whining now,my 16 year old could of took that check from Daniel . IT WAS A PRETTY STUPID THING FOR KEITH TO DO ,PAID MILLONS OF DOLLARS TO PLAY A GAME THAT WE ALL LOVE .NOT SHOWING MUCH RESPECT FOR ANOTHER PERSONS WELL BEING ,NOT MUCH OF A ROLE MODEL FOR YOUNGER KIDS IN THE SPORT.IF THIS SAME HIT WAS DONE BY A PLAYER ON CANUCKS TEAM WOULD FEEL THE SAME WAY ..WAKE UP YOU JACKASSES ITS NOT ABOUT THE TEAM YOU SUPPORT OR HATE ITS ABOUT THE LOVE OF THE GAME WE KNOW .

  3. I guess what I was trying to say is where was the penalty to Sedin on the shot to Keith.?..don’t say it wasn’t a shot to the head …it was.No harm no foul?Let the players start policing themselves and stop all this cheap shot shit.no respect for other players plain and simple.5 Games!!!!!alittle muck 2-3 at best.

  4. It was a predatory elbow.

    Nobody’s gonna be happy with 5 games, so I guess that means the suspension is just about perfect.

  5. Am I missing where Sedin was diagnosed with a concussion or any other injury besides a headache? It was a nasty hit and Keith deserved what he got but Vigneault is a brilliant coach and not above a bit of gamesmanship. His playoff spot is wrapped up and, like everybody else, he knows Shanahan suspends to the injury. Forget there was no quiet room time for him. Forget he put him out the next shift on the power play. Send him home for a game with the doctor reports shrouded in the ever reliable “we won’t know anything definitive for a couple days” after Shanahan suspends to the “injury.” Whatever. I hope he’s fine. Meanwhile Keith gets five games of rest, Hawks get a better chance of landing a favorable first round match up if they finish 6th and we’ll see Vancouver in the 2nd round with Vancouver’s reputation as crybabies intact with them conveniently ignoring Burrows knee and Sedin’s tough guy “check.” Can’t wait to see it.

    • Actually, I think you must have missed it. Last I heard he will be out a minimum of 2 weeks with a concussion. Remember when Crosby was supposed to be out a few weeks, so who really knows how long he will be out. The hit did look alot like the Doan hit the other day that got him 3 games and since he did go right at his head on purpose and caused a serious injury, the extra 2 games is definitely warranted. And yes, I think Sedin should have been given a penalty for his hit.

      • My bad.
        Not flaming, seriously wondering- if you see a #1 guy take a hit like that, how do you put him right back out on the ice? How do you put a concussed player on a pressurized plane when there are world class hospitals within miles of the United Center? If the team coaches and trainers didn’t know he was concussed or couldn’t see the symptoms how are youth coaches with no medical staff supposed to identify the injury in their players?

        • The plane issue is interesting – I know the Canucks are in a unique situation where there’s no easy way to ship a player back to their home base, but flying a freshly-concussed player doesn’t do anything good.

          I think it was Glenn Anderson who was once forced to take a train back from Edmonton to Toronto because of an orbital bone injury. Different situation, but little things are important in situations like this.

          Also, yeah, they should’ve kept him in Chicago until a definite diagnosis was obtained. What did they think was going to happen, “Chelsea Dagger” being played during an MRI?

  6. Seems like a pretty appropriate suspension. For selfish reasons, I’d rather Keith be gone for the rest of the season since he’s so key to Chicago, but given Doan’s suspension earlier this week I was expecting four or five. They’re just not going to sit a key player down for longer than that, and Keith’s been a clean player the rest of his career.

  7. Already the re-writing of reality begins. The real villains in this situation are the Sedins. Duncan Keith is merely a helpless victim of Sedin duplicity. More rationale for why the Canucks are “the most hated team in hockey” – they must be, everyone says so. Everyone except those who don’t count. And please, explain to me again, how history (several vicious Keith assaults have come to light. Surely found by whining Canuck fans. Boy, no wonder the Canucks are the most hated team in hockey – everybody says so) can not be history just because he wasn’t punished for them. Is a bank-robber not a bank robber because he got away with previous, undetected robberies? I suspect that an opportunity to send a message to the players has been passed up and I suspect it was because the NHL is so stubborn that the old guard didn’t want to be seen as pandering to the pressure that will surely come it’s way in the wake of the NFL bounty scandal. The number of games is irrelevant to the Canucks and their fans. The relevant number is how many games their leading scorer, who, remember is responsible for this whole situation anyway, is going to miss. What a mess the NHL is and what a putrid morass is the minds of those who believe that the victim of a crime is really the cause of the crime and deserves everything he got. Don Cherry, no doubt, will lead the “Free Duncan Keith” crusade. Will this game every get out of it’s dark ages?

  8. shame to see some many puck-daddy-like comments on this blog.

    This suspension is not even remotely enough. You have someone who went after someone’s head in a premeditated way to get revenge. This is Bertuzzi, people. If the NHL can throw the book at THAT kind of play, the NHL’s disciplinary system is more of a joke than I already thought it was.

  9. Keith as much as admitted he went after Sedin saying the puck wasn’t in the area, he had nothing to say and would leave it to Shanahan. He is a smaller guy, a top defenseman despite some struggles.

    Sedin targeted Keith’s head equally as much. He came in late, from the blind side, and put his shoulder square into Keith’s head. Because it was a check instead of an elbow doesn’t change that, nor does any player history (although the Sedins are not innocent of slashing etc).

    I also don’t buy players can’t control how they hit, and have read comments from many players that back that up. Keith didn’t change position to avoid the hit, his head didn’t drop down, Sedin for whatever reason chose to nail him like that.

    Sedin didn’t get penalized, and it seems Keith thought a message needed to be sent about running him, or in other words his own safety. The two incidents cannot be fairly viewed separately.

    Is retaliation good? No. But if the league refuses to referee it’s game to the same professional, consistent level of the other major leagues, has rolling levels of enforcement, and refuses to do anything much to effectively address egregious play, what should be expected?

    Canuck fans are amazing in being able to completely ignore how dirty their team is, and how often they deliver the first cheap shot. If Vigneault continues to run his team that way, they really should find a few more Kassians or they’ll continue to get the wrong end of what they start.

    Can anyone imagine the NHL responding as the NFL did to fix a problem?

    • ummm slashing who doesnt slash? An elbow to the head is worse then a shoulder. Shanhan always is going to suspend someone more who leads with a elbow. the elbow is not up unless you intentionally are trying to hit him in the head. When you body check you are taught to start low and drive up and through the body if you mistime the hit you might catch him in the head.

  10. Everyone’s up in arms about the Canucks because they just don’t understand how good they are — they subconcsiously can’t help but assume that the perennial underdogs can’t possibly be talented enough, gritty enough, and skilled enough to deserve their standing. So when the lowly Canucks are rolling over their team — which they’ve been doing a lot of in the last several seasons — “dirty” play is the last, desperate reason they can muster which explains their team’s loss. And, yes, there were a few incidents which were undoubtedly dirty, but the anti-Canuck fan’s perspective has lost any semblance of reality.

    Notice how many homers refuse to give respect to St. Louis? Now imagine if St. Louis dominates the West for the next three years… Notice how everyone still talks about Detroit being the number one team in the West (if not the League), even though they’re currently third in their DIVISION?

    Frail minds fall so easily in love with familiarity that it shouldn’t be any wonder that the first-time defending President’s Trophy winners draw so much ire from the fans of teams which constitute the old guard of the NHL.

    Daniel’s hit might have technically been an infraction of the rules, but it wasn’t a dirty hit — Sedins are classy hockey players, bar none. Keith’s elbow, on the other hand, is as despicable an action as Bertuzzi’s hit was on Moore. Think about it.

  11. chicago fan here. hate to see keith miss time but i think the punishment is right. the keith hit was dangerous. i respect both sedins for the classy way they play and hope daniel isn’t hurt for long. losing toews to a concussion hasn’t been fun for chicago fans and i wouldn’t wish a severe injury to any player.

    the sedins are in such a bizarre situation: twins playing for the same pro team? what a drafting coup. lots of brothers have played for the same team (chicago once had 3 on the same line and 1 goal in which all 3 participated. too cool.)

    i’m guessing keith was trying to send the message that hitting him in a questionable way would result in retribution. it is important to his own safety to send that kind of message.

    all chicago blog sites i read do not support keith’s hit. i don’t support it either. i hope daniel is back playing soon and i hope toews is back playing soon. these are the guys that make the plays that make hockey so exciting.

  12. Thank Mike for your fair response .alot of van haters . Toews is greatly missed ,would rather see van. win or lose with Toews in line up, makes for better hockey.PS TO MAKE A CHECK LIKE DANIEL DID ON KEITH IN A CONTACT SPORT IS FAR FROM A DIRTY HIT . MAYBE HE SHOULD OF DROVE HIS ELBOW INTO KEITHS HEAD . THEN INSTEAD OF POEPLE LOOKING FOR DUMB EXCUSSES FOR KEITHS STUPIDTY, IT WOULD GIVE THEM SOME FORM OF REASON FOR WHAT HE DID. I BET THE DUMB ASSES WHO POSTED ON HERE THAT VAN ARE DIRTY AND TWO HITS WERE OF SAME NATURE ,PROBLY NEVER PLAYED HOCKEY THEMSELVES ,EXCEPT ON A VIDEO GAME ,FROM A NICE SOFT COUCH

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