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Isn't that piling on?

Thursday, 10.6.2011 / 5:27 PM ET
By Bill Roose - DetroitRedWings.com / The Wheel Deal
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The NHL and former Red Wings forward Brendan Shanahan, the league's new player safety czar, handed down a decision on Brendan Smith last week, essentially ending the young defenseman's attempt to make the Wings' opening night roster.

In the league’s decision, Smith received an eight-game suspension, which included five NHL regular-season contests, for his illegal hit to the head of Chicago forward Ben Smith.

While Smith didn’t agree with the league sentence, it was the right thing. The league is trying to crack down on shots to the heads of its players. So Smith took his lumps, said he'll learn from his mistake, and last weekend he returned to Grand Rapids, the Wings' American Hockey League affiliate, where he began to prepare for the Griffins’ season-opener Saturday night in Rockford.

However, today the AHL announced that its president, David Andrews, has independently reviewed the Smith-on-Smith collision – which occurred Sept. 28 at Chicago’s United Center – and he’s decided that Brendan’s hit warrants a separate three-game suspension in the AHL. Smith can return to action Oct. 18 in Grand Rapids.

Apparently, this is nothing new, and it’s been part of the AHL’s by-laws. But man, talk about piling on. And the worst thing is that Smith still must sit out five NHL games at some point.


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80