That's not even a hit!
Edler and Hertl are skating at right angles to each other for a loose puck.
Hertl leans to poke at the puck and runs right into Edler's shoulder.
At no point does Edler move towards Hertl to make the hit. He doesn't raise his elbow, drop his shoulder into him, or explode into the 'hit'.
It'll be a joke if this results in a suspension. But we all know that it will.
I'm always willing to admit when a Canucks player has done something egregious and deserving of a suspension. I've called for unpopular suspensions of our players before when they've run around like reckless jerks.
This is not one of those cases. I'll be absolutely disgusted if/when this results in a suspension. It's a freaking hockey play. Come on. Hertl has to learn that he can't go gallavanting around the ice head first staying at the ground. This is the NHL, not some Czech league...guys are going to finish their checks if you're about to run into them.
Reminds me of that time when Hall ran into Edler's ass and we had to hear from the media about a suspension. Didn't even get a call. Sure hope it's the same here, and that Shanny won't give Edler a few games off because Hertl scored 4 goals in a game.
Should Edler be suspended?
No. Last I checked this is hockey, and unless the rules have changed, I'm fairly certain hitting is still allowed. The kid needs to keep his head up especially when he's around the boards (meh, I guess he needs to keep his head up wherever he is on the ice...but I digress).
Suspendable hit? No
But he is a Canuck...and he is on The List... Plus Kassian should be back next game... Soooo yeah, I wouldn't be shocked at a suspension. In fact, I'll bet a Snickers Bar and a bag of CornNuts Edler gets some time.
I mean, the guy is hunched so low and leading with his head. This would be like you holding a knife in the kitchen cutting a tomato and me coming running at you and diving onto the counter resulting in stab wounds. Then of course the police show up and throw you in jail for involuntary manslaughter... or something