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by George Malik on 10/18/13 at 05:24 PM ET
Baffling news, per NHL.com:
Colorado Avalanche left wing Cody McLeod will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety Tuesday at the League's New York offices after a boarding incident during Thursday's game against the Detroit Red Wings at Pepsi Center.
McLeod was offered the opportunity for an in-person hearing as required by provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for any suspension that can exceed five games.
At 2:13 of the first period, McLeod was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding Detroit's Niklas Kronwall.
Kronwall remained down and was taken from the ice on a stretcher. He did not return. After the game, the Red Wings announced Kronwall sustained a concussion and cuts to his right ear.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: boarding. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
Update: The Denver Post's Adrian Dater reports that McLeod is suspended in the interim:
Avalanche winger Cody McLeod will have an in-person meeting Monday with the NHL in New York regarding his hit against the Detroit Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall on Thursday night, according to a source.
In the meantime, McLeod is suspended pending that hearing and won't play Saturday against Buffalo or Monday against Pittsburgh.
McLeod will meet with NHL director of player safety Brendan Shananan and perhaps other officials before any possible additional discipline is applied.
McLeod, who has never been suspended before, injured Kronwall with a hit from behind into the boards at the Pepsi Center in the first period of Detroit's 4-2 win. Kronwell ended up with a concussion and cuts to his ear.
The Avs are expected to use Marc-Andre Cliche in the lineup in McLeod's absence.
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