Sutton had previously waived his right to an in-person hearing.
Here’s the hit in question:
(FYI: That’s TSN analyst and former NHLer Ray Ferraro saying “the Hurricanes are asking why is this not five [major penalty] and to tell you the truth, I don’t have the answer for you.”)
As we wrote yesterday, Sutton has a lengthy rap sheet of suspendable offenses that’s moved him from “repeat offender” to potential “serial offender” status. That, plus the fact Shanahan offered an in-person hearing, doesn’t bode especially well for the hulking blueliner, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun:
Kris Letang may face suspension for hit on Marcus Johansson
That’s a clear sign that “The Flower” is healthy enough to play, as Murray would be an injury or a coach’s pull away from giving up the net to Fleury. (One would assume.)
Murray has been fantastic for the most part since taking over for Jeff Zatkoff during this postseason, yet you know how the playoffs can be; people may clamor for Fleury after a loss even if it’s not really Murray’s fault.
How long Murray keeps that job now that Fleury is healthy is the question.
Ever since the NHL kept obstruction in check and thus placed a greater emphasis on speed and skill, we’ve seen some fascinating Calder Trophy debates. This 2015-16 season may present the toughest call in recent memory.
The league named the three finalists on Monday, and even that couldn’t have been easy. They are Edmonton Oilers wunderkind Connor McDavid, breakout Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere and high-scoring Chicago Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin.