Canucks’ Alexander Edler suspended 2 games for kneeling Zach Hyman
Is the suspension fair?
Harman Dayal, Canucks beat the author: The two-game suspension sounds like a fair penalty under all the circumstances. Fatigue undoubtedly played a part in the blow – Edler had been on the ice for more than three minutes during this shift, just recovering from COVID-19 and had not played for three weeks – but the intention does not change not the fact that this was a very dangerous move. You are ultimately responsible for your body, and knee-to-knee collisions of this nature can be catastrophic.
Who will replace Edler in training?
Dayal: Nate Schmidt and Olli Juolevi are not on the protocol list but were not healthy enough to play yesterday. If either became available, they would call Edler. If Schmidt and Juolevi are unavailable for Tuesday, that place in the roster would likely go to Ashton Sautner, who took the pre-game warm-up but did not dress for Sunday’s game. Jack Rathbone is currently not an option as his quarantine time has not expired.
What are the prospects for Hyman?
Maple Leafs reporter Jonas Siegel: The Leafs have had some good news on Hyman: he will miss a minimum of two weeks with an MCL sprain. It looked a lot worse than that. The Leafs appear to have dodged a bullet. The schedule means Hyman will be in line to return the first week of May, with the Leafs still having a handful of games left. In the meantime, Nick Foligno is due to join the team in Winnipeg. It will help eat some of Hyman’s minutes and responsibilities.
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