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Avalanche forward Cody McLeod insists that he didn’t mean to hurt Red Wings’ Niklas Kronwall

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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Ugh, I have to begrudgingly give McLeod a little respect for manning up and talking to Kronwall face-to-face.

Still think he’s a bit reckless with his play, but it doesn’t seem like he’s a total doanbag.

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