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Sutton Suspended For 8 Games

Brendan Shanahan with the verdict.

added 9:13pm, Last Saturday, Sutton was a guest on the HNIC segment After Hours.

I’ve added the video below and if you scroll to the 6:40 mark, you basically hear him saying he doesn’t plan to change his game.  This was of course before his latest incident but his first suspension sure did not change his mind much.

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andy sutton should retire…. nhl is not a mans game anymore

Posted by Oilers Rock from Edmonton, Alberta on 12/10/11 at 11:01 PM ET

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When did leaping in the air targeting someones head (on more than one occasion) become a staple of the “man’s game”? Hockey is a great sport and Andy Sutton is a black eye tarnishing the image.  He’s lucky it wasn’t longer, but hopefully this will be enough to finally get through that thick skull of his.

Posted by Itrusteddrrahmani from Nyc by way of A2 on 12/10/11 at 11:06 PM ET


Eight games?  less than a month after getting back from a five game suspension?  Grow some god damn balls, Shanahan, and throw the book at someone for *#$%@&’s sake.

Posted by Garth on 12/10/11 at 11:16 PM ET

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Posted by Dakkster from Southern Sweden on 12/10/11 at 11:23 PM ET

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Eight games?  less than a month after getting back from a five game suspension?  Grow some god damn balls, Shanahan, and throw the book at someone for *#$%@&’s sake.

Posted by Garth on 12/10/11 at 08:16 PM ET


He’s a repeat offender, and a repeat offender even before this year’s suspensions.  He’s a big, dumb, stupid oaf who does not learn.

Posted by Primis on 12/10/11 at 11:39 PM ET


Completely insufficient. Should have been more like 20 games since he just came back from a suspension for a hit to the head and has been suspended in the past FOR THE SAME THING. That’s not hockey, it’s thuggery.

If everyone were like Oilers Rock, there wouldn’t be anyone left to play the game because everyone would be out with concussions or spinal fractures.

Posted by teldar on 12/11/11 at 12:04 AM ET


I can’t complain too much about the suspension, some think it excessive others think it isn’t enough. That tells me it is about right.  A year ago we would have thought this was the greatest suspension ever, now it seems tame. I like it.

Posted by timbits on 12/11/11 at 12:07 AM ET

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too bad sutton doest play for yzerman in tampa or boston…. thats the only way he could have gotten away with murder…

Posted by Oilers Rock from Edmonton, Alberta on 12/11/11 at 12:09 AM ET

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I’ve added a video of Sutton discussing his style of play last week on After Hours.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/11/11 at 12:15 AM ET

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wow…. thanks paul, i appreciate it… totally missed that one

Posted by Oilers Rock from Edmonton, Alberta on 12/11/11 at 12:35 AM ET

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Well OR, the only reason I remembered it is that I watched it.  Then it was trying to figure out where I saw it and luckily someone placed it on YT.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/11/11 at 12:39 AM ET


Posted by timbits on 12/10/11 at 09:07 PM ET

I don’t buy that at all.  An Oilers fan says it’s too much, I doubt you’ll many other who will agree (and I know a few Oilers fans who agree it wasn’t enough).  Last year if a guy got a five game suspension, then a month later got eight games for a worse hit nobody but nobody would be saying it’s a great suspension.

Welcome back, Wheel of Justice.

Posted by Garth on 12/11/11 at 12:42 AM ET

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I think it should’ve been more.  15-20 would’ve probably been the right amount since he was just suspended a few weeks ago.

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 12/11/11 at 01:14 AM ET


I think it should’ve been more. 

I figured at least double digits was a no-brainer…

Posted by Garth on 12/11/11 at 01:27 AM ET

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I think it should have been 20 games.

One of the problems with the way it is done currently….
The team/franchise are allowed to just replace him for the suspension.
If they were not allowed to substitute for a suspended player and had to shorten
the roster by one player for the duration, there certainly would be fewer repeat offenses.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 12/11/11 at 01:30 AM ET

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Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 12/10/11 at 10:30 PM ET

Exactly, a suspended player should count towards a teams roster limit.  The team should be penalized for the players action as well.  You employ a repeat offender and he gets a 20 game suspension, then you’re screwed for 20 games as a team too.  Teams would then think twice about employing these kinds of players, and thus players would have to think twice about being that kind of player.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 12/11/11 at 01:41 AM ET


Eight games?  less than a month after getting back from a five game suspension?  Grow some god damn balls, Shanahan, and throw the book at someone for *#$%@&’s sake.

Sadly, it seems the only one the league is willing to throw the book at is Matt Cooke. Sutton should have been treated in similar fashion to what Cooke got last year.  Both are repeat offenders who target the head in dangerous ways.  Cooke got a really long suspension—which he completely deserved.  But a meager 8 games for someone like Sutton only makes it look like there is a Matt Cooke standard and then there is a separate standard for every player not named Matt Cooke—repeat offender or not.

Moreover, when you look at Cooke’s play this year, you can argue convincingly that that suspension changed his behavior and ultimately was in the best interest of his opponents, his employers and Cooke himself.  He is playing a cleaner, safer, yet still effective game.  This is how suspensions are supposed to work.  Sutton should have gotten some of the same medicine.

Posted by Lex Talionis on 12/11/11 at 01:59 AM ET

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The NHLPA needs to get involved here, too. When you have someone recklessly endangering other PA members, they need to sit him down and tell him to knock it off.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 12/12/11 at 11:38 AM ET

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