by Lisa McRitchie on 12/08/11 at 09:00 PM ET
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.
It was a little difficult to track down a video of this hit. Usually I have no trouble finding hit and goal videos to share from the Oilers’ website, but this video is care of the fine folks at the Score
Sutton is a big man who plays a very physical game, and a player who can and does make an impact on the Oilers’ lineup. His absence for the 5+ games he is likely to receive will a huge hurt to the Oilers, especially with a game against the Calgary Flames up and coming.
Following the Landeskog hit and subsequent suspension, Sutton released a statement “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.”
Some will certainly call into question the integrity and respect in Sutton’s game last night against the Carolina Hurricanes. Sutton clearly left his feet to deliver the hit, and although the intention was likely not to end Ponikarovsky’s game for the evening, but it was the hit to the head that is a concern.
I like seeing some tough Oilers in the lineup, and seeing Oilers deliver more hits than they take but definitely see Sutton’s hit on Ponikarovsky as suspension worthy.
According to a tweet by TSN’s Darren Dreger “Sounds like Andy Sutton will waive right to in-person hearing. 1 of few with passion last night, but he’ll earn a big susp for a bad hit.”
I suppose Sutton didn’t think that anything he might have to say would help his case.
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