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Avs’ Cody McLeod will attend hearing with NHL’s Department of Player Safety…On Tuesday…

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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bigdee89's avatar

So does this mean he can play until the hearing?

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 10/18/13 at 04:53 PM ET

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What’s baffling about it?

Posted by xcheck28 on 10/18/13 at 05:05 PM ET

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I suppose the baffling part is that the meeting is 5 days later.  You would think he wouldn’t be able to play in the Avs two games before that, but who knows with the NHL.  You have to wonder if they’re waiting to see if Krowall plays in either Saturday’s or Monday’s game to determine suspension length.  Have to take the injury in account of course.  rolleyes

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 10/18/13 at 05:40 PM ET

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He’s suspended until the hearing. This is the best post to the Denver post

“Director Brendan Shanahan will be objective and fair I’m sure…Who is Deputy Director of Player Safety, Darrin McCarty? What a joke. “

AWESOME!!

Posted by SlimChance on 10/18/13 at 08:51 PM ET

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In the end it doesn’t matter if he sits now or later:  it’s not like McLeod is any kind of key component.  So it makes sense to just sit him.  At minimum he’s probably getting 2 games anyways.  I’d expect 3 or 4.

Posted by Primis on 10/18/13 at 10:59 PM ET

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He’ll get 3 games (thrown out of the DET game, minus Pit and Buf) just by the schedule, minimum. If it turns out that he should NOT be suspended, he’ll get paid for the Pit and Buf games. He’s paid for the DET game either way.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 10/19/13 at 08:44 AM ET

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Kronner is a top-four defenseman.  McLeod is a nobody.  Dives aren’t hurting as much as the Wings.

Fuchers…

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 10/19/13 at 12:00 PM ET

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