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.