UPDATE: Andy Sutton Suspended Eight Games

 

 
Andy Sutton was suspended by the National Hockey League on Thursday after a hit to the Hurricanes' Alexei Panikorovsky Wednesday night.  Sutton leaped up and creamed Ponikarovsky along the boards.  That wasn't all for Sutton, as he delivered a violent hit to star Jeff Skinner, sending him to the ice and vaulting Sutton into a tilt of his own against Tim Gleason.
 
If you missed the hit that Sutton is going to be suspended for, the NHL Network's EJ Hradek explains why Sutton needs to change his game because pretty soon he may be suspended for a lengthy period.
 
Sutton has been offered the option of an in-person hearing. 
 
It's Sutton's second suspension of the season.  He was suspended five games earlier this season for a hit to the head of Gabriel Landeskog on October 28.
 
UPDATE: The NHL has suspended Sutton only eight games for the hit. The Collective Bargaining Agreement will force Sutton to forfeit his pay based on a pro-rated scale for the games. Sutton is a repeat offender this year and will lose $207,317.04. That money will be donated to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
 
It's completely ridiculous to only suspend this guy for eight games. Being a repeat offender for the same thing should not warrant only three more games than the first suspension. The suspensions add up to 13 games missed for Sutton, but a second offense, especially just over a month later, should automatically be at least 15 games for Sutton. He's deliberately trying to hurt these guys, something the NHL wants to take out of the game. Sutton isn't only affecting his season, but his team's season. He's one of the better defensemen for the Oilers, and now they have to lean heavily on Colten Teubert and Theo Peckham to fill Sutton's void. They're struggling so coach Tom Renney may be forced to lean more heavily on Tom Gilbert and Ladislav Smid.
 
Corey Potter is scheduled to return from injury next week, and Ryan Whitney's renaissance could help the Oilers until Sutton returns. Sutton will return 12/31 against the New York Islanders.