Cross Andy Sutton off of the Oilers’ list of available players. Rumours floated all weekend that Sutton would be re-signed imminently and Monday morning TSN’s Bob McKenzie tweeted:
Andy Sutton’s new 1 year deal with EDM has a base salary of $1.5m with $250K in games played bonuses.
This deal is great because Andy Sutton is the first Oiler in well over a decade to get suspended for standing up for teammates and playing a hard, physical game. At the same time, this deal is potentially dangerous because Andy Sutton is the first Oilers in well over a decade to receive multiple suspensions on the season for playing a hard, physical game.
The announcement that Edmonton Oilers’ winger Lennart Petrell would receive no further suspension following his hit Thursday night on Wild defenceman Marek Zidlicki was not made as a breaking news comment on TSN, ESPN or any other sports channel. It was instead a simple tweet from NHL Senior VP Player Safety Brendan Shanahan. Sportsnet’s Mark Spector pointed out how quickly and easily the news was then shared. In a matter of 15 minutes, everyone seemed to be aware of the decision. Where were we before twitter?
Petrell/Zidlicky: viewed extensively. Although Petrel’s hand is on Zidlicky’s back, we do not see a shove prior to the toe pick. No S.D.
Andy Sutton was the first Oiler to receive a suspension in recent memory. It had been over ten years since an Oiler had been suspended when Sutton was suspended November 1st for five games after his hit on Gabriel Landeskog. Following a hit on Carolina Hurricanes’ Alexei Ponikarovsky, Sutton has been suspended indefinitely and has been given the option of an in person meeting. If the in person meeting, a chance to maybe explain himself doesn’t sound like a lengthy suspension is on it’s way, the fact that Sutton will now be considered a repeat offender should.
Oilers lose 5-2 to Senators
So how about that Nail kid? He sounds like he could be great, and “fail for nail” has a certain je ne sais quoi to it.
The Edmonton Oilers drop their fourth in a row, and lose even more defencemen while trade speculation for every healthy player reaches all new highs. It seems that things have returned to the “normal” of the past two seasons.
Oilers lose 3-0 to Red Wings
The Edmonton Oilers continue their challenging first road trip of November. This trip will see the Oilers play three of the four past four Stanley Cup champions. The Oilers of course didn’t fare well against the Boston Bruins on Thursday and the results of the game against the Red Wings could be seen as better for a number of reasons.
Oilers lose 6-3 to the Bruins
The excitement for this game seemed to surround the Taylor-Tyler comparison, and the fact that Tyler Seguin made himself unavailable to the media today only fuelled the fire. Unfortunately, not many Oilers fans could imagine a win coming out of this game. The last time the Oilers won in Boston was 15 years and 3 days ago. Yup, November 7th, 1996 was the last time the Oilers walked away from Boston Gardens with a win.
Edmonton Oilers’ defenceman Andy Sutton as been suspended for 5 games it was announced this afternoon for a hit on Gabriel Landeskog Friday night in Denver. The in person meeting with Brendan Shanahan on Monday and so the announcement on the punishment has been a long time coming.
Sutton has already served one game on Sunday, and will miss the Oilers’ next four games on their road trip. According to the announcement, Sutton “will forfeit $57,432.45. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.”
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Lisa McRitchie is a fairly new writer, online at least, but makes up for inexperience with passion for the game of hockey and memories of Mrs. Leskiw’s English AP class; who knew they would pay off one day.
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