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by George Malik on 10/23/13 at 10:02 PM ET
As if one couldn't leave well enough alone, via Pro Hockey Talk's Cam Tucker, suspended Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McLeod weighed in on his 5-game sit while speaking with the Denver Post's Mike Chambers, insisting that Red WIngs defenseman Niklas Kronwall's admission of culpability absolves him of some culpability:
"I can see where the NHL is coming from," McLeod said in his first public comments about the incident. "They want to get rid of the injuries and I respect that, but I don't necessarily agree with the length of time. But it's out of my hands and we'll just move on."
McLeod was pro-active in reaching out to Kronwall, who suffered a concussion after cutting back against the wall — and the grain — when McLeod was on the forecheck. McLeod visited Kronwall during the game at the Pepsi Center.
"I went and saw him after the first (period). I apologized and we talked it over. I just wanted to make sure he's alright, and I'm glad he is. I don't want to hurt anyone out there," McLeod said.
Kronwall, a big hitter himself, accepted blame for making himself vulnerable to McLeod.
"It was good to hear that he was a bit at fault too," McLeod said. "Like I said, I don't want to hurt anyone out there. As a third- or fourth-line player it's my job to go out and finish my checks. It's too bad it happened like that."
He added: "I'm thinking he's going behind the net and he cuts back. It is what it is. I have less than a half second to react. Like I said, I don't want to hurt anybody out there."
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