Andy Sutton has been suspended five games by the NHL, and here is Brendan Shanahan’s video explanation.
The fact Sutton is a repeat offender and the initial point of contact was Gabriel Landeskog’s head, I’m not surprised by the five game suspension. It’s too bad for Sutton, because I felt he was getting better the past few games, but the hit was worthy of a suspension.
Sutton, via the Oilers, sent out the following release.
"I have been informed of and understand the League’s decision, however, I had no intention of delivering an illegal check. For 14 years, I’ve always played the game with respect and integrity and I will continue to do so when I return."
I agreed with Shanahan’s decision, but i’d love to see him send out an explanation as to why Wojtek Wolski wasn’t suspended for his hit on Daniel Alfredsson. It is great to explain why a player is suspended, but it would be just as smart to inform the fans why certain plays are deemed clean.