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by George Malik on 10/17/13 at 08:18 PM ET
Updated 10x with videos from both sides at 10:20 PM: Kronwall has a concussion but will not be hospitalized, is up and talking: Colorado Avalanche winger Cody McLeod roared in on the forecheck and smacked Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall's neck into the dasher boards. Piece of shit got 5 and a game (offset by 2-minute "roughing" penalty to Ericsson) but Kronwall was stretchered off.
*#$%@& punk-ass should get suspended for multiple games. He knew what he was doing.
Update #6: From the Free Press's Helene St. James:
RedWings have D Brendan Smith ready to play while Kronwall heals. Players have to be free of concussion symptoms min. week before cleared
#RedWings D Niklas Kronwall has concussion, cuts, but moving limbs. Still at Pepsi Center being evaluated.
Update #7: Here's Puck Daddy's Harrison Mooney's take:
The plays aren't all that dissimilar. Like [Dan] Boyle, Kronwall is in a prone position at the point of contact, hunched over slightly, and his head appears to be driven right into the dasher. It's a moment at which you absolutely cannot follow through with that hit.
The Department of Player Safety is busy right now, preparing to throw the book at Max Lapierre for the Boyle hit. One assumes they'll be able to reuse a lot of the script for that video when they're throwing a similar, likely bigger book at McLeod.
McLeod isn't a repeat offender under the CBA, although he did escape what many assumed would be a suspension on a similar hit to the Wild's Jared Spurgeon back in 2011. (Seriously, how did that not get one?)
McLeod won't escape the hammer of Shan this time around. There's no excuse for a hit like this. Sure, Kronwall turned, but his back was to McLeod and his numbers were visible the whole time.
You have to let up on a collision like this, lest someone winds up leaving on a stretcher. These are things we know. We don't need demonstrations.
Here's the Free Press's Helene St. James' report:
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall was taken off on a stretcher Thursday night after a nasty hit.
At 2.17 of the Wings' game at Pepsi Center, Kronwall was pushed into the boards by Colorado Avalanche enforcer Cody McLeod. Kronwall's head hit the boards, causing him to drop immediately to the ice, where he received several minutes of attention from team trainers and Colorado medical staff before being put on a stretcher.
Wings’ GM Ken Holland told the Free Press that Kronwall “was being evaluated.”
McLeod was assessed a boarding major and a game misconduct.
Update #8: From Fox Sports Detroit's Trevor Thompson:
Just spoke to Nik Kronwall. Knot on his forehead, couple scrapes but says he's fine, upset with putting himself in a bad position. #RedWings
Nik Kronwall was watching scratches and injured guys workout outside #RedWing dressing room, talking with the guys, seemed ok. #GoodNews
And the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:
Kronwall downstairs and communicating with personnel
And meanwhile, in Dater land:
..the rule in hockey is you don't put your head down along the dasher. Bad things can happen - and they did
Update #9: Per Helene St. James:
Update on Niklas Kronwall from Red Wings GM Ken Holland: He has not been told Kronwall has concussion. Said let's see tomorrow.
Right now, Niklas Kronwall will fly with teammates to Phoenix. Sounds like hit looked much worse than impact seemed.
Niklas Kronwall never left Pepsi Center, stayed here for eval. Alert, responsible, couple of bumps. See how he feels tomorrow.
Per Ken Holland, latest on Niklas Kronwall, he has "mild concussion."
This is a terrible thing to say, but you fear that the NHL won't suspend McLeod because Kronwall's not terribly injured.
We All Bleed Red posted a video with Avs commentary:
Update #10: Here's NHL.com's Wings video:
Update #11: Here's MLive's Ansar Khan's report:
The Red Wings said Kronwall has a conussion and cuts to his right ear, but is otherwise OK. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher following the hit at 2:13 of the first period. He was down on the ice and motionless for a few minutes but did move his arms and legs while being attended to by medical personnel.
Kronwall was not taken to the hospital. He was alert and responsive in the dressing room.
"He's in the building and was talking to the doctor when I left (the dressing room),'' general manager Ken Holland said.
Holland said Kronwall will not return to the game but he will accompany the team to Phoenix after the game.
"I think tomorrow we've got to see how he feels,'' Holland said. "He talked to the doctor. He's alert. Let's get to tomorrow morning, let's see how he's doing.''
Holland stopped short of calling it a concussion, even though that's what the team said it is.
"He obviously hit his head,'' Holland said. "e was being evaluated. He was going through the sequence of events.''
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