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07:26 AM ET 10.24 | Now two games into his five-game NHL suspension for a boarding penalty that injured Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall, Avalanche forward Cody McLeod spoke at length Wednesday about his first NHL suspension. "I can see where the NHL is coming from," McLeod said in his first public comments about the incident. "They want to get rid of the injuries and I respect that, but I don't necessarily agree with the length of time. But it's out of my hands and we'll just move on." McLeod was proactive in reaching out to Kronwall, who suffered a concussion after cutting back against the wall -- and the grain -- when McLeod was on the forecheck. McLeod visited Kronwall during the game at the Pepsi Center. "I went and saw him after the first (period). I apologized and we talked it over."

The Denver Post

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October 24, 2013  08:08 AM ET

Kronwall did the right thing by taking ownership for his own mistake [putting himself in a vulnerable position]. McLeod would've been better served if he would've done the same.

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October 24, 2013  09:07 AM ET
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He's living on a McLeod.

And livin' on a prayer

October 24, 2013  09:45 AM ET

and good on Mcleod for going over to Kronwell

October 24, 2013  09:48 AM ET

So how many games will Shanny give the Sens for blindsiding the Wings last night?

October 24, 2013  10:04 AM ET

What's the saying about crime and time? I think it applies.

Remorse is a good thing and accepting responsibility is also good.

But what's done is done.

October 24, 2013  10:06 AM ET
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So how many games will Shanny give the Sens for blindsiding the Wings last night?

Is 5 the standard?

October 24, 2013  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

So how many games will Shanny give the Sens for blindsiding the Wings last night?

What happened? I was shocked when I saw that.

October 24, 2013  10:27 AM ET
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What happened? I was shocked when I saw that.

I'd love to tell you Slappy but I've already repressed the memory.

October 24, 2013  10:27 AM ET
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Is 5 the standard?

That would be easier to sit through than the game last night.

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October 24, 2013  10:28 AM ET

"I can see where the NHL is coming from," McLeod said...

I wish Kronwall could've said the same thing about you before you hit him.

October 24, 2013  10:30 AM ET
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That would be easier to sit through than the game last night.

The way they played, I thought the whole Detroit team was concussed.

October 24, 2013  10:31 AM ET
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I'd love to tell you Slappy but I've already repressed the memory.

Wise man. I have to do that a lot.

October 24, 2013  11:04 AM ET
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Kronwall did the right thing by taking ownership for his own mistake [putting himself in a vulnerable position]. McLeod would've been better served if he would've done the same.

Properly Kronwall should have put it on Ericsson. Kronwall gave a look twice: the first over the shoulder to see McLeod, the second looking down behind the goal for his D partner. Ericsson was nowhere to be found (you can see him come late from behind all the action to body slam McLeod after everything); Ericsson wasn't down there (or anyone on that side of the ice) for him to send the puck around, and McLeod was coming in off his right shoulder, so had he kept skating with it behind the goal-line he would have been hit just the same further down the line. Anyone who says it was his fault for putting himself in that position (not saying you, just those who would say that) are just ignorant of the situation, as Kronwall thought he didn't have much else to do but cut back.

As has been said many times before with all of this head safety stuff, the key to taking most of this out of the game is players respecting each other. We're not seeing that right now. If we had seen it, McLeod, seeing Kronner's numbers, would have played that more safely. But good on him for reaching out to Kronwall...but you've got to sit 5 son.

October 24, 2013  11:18 AM ET
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So how's Stephen Weiss panning out down there? Is he value for money making $700,000 more per year than Bozak, or does Phil's roommate have more than double his points thus far?

We can give Weiss a bit of a break at the moment. We're only 1/8 through this season, he only played 17 games last season, he's new to the Wings and has a bit of a different role than he did in Florida.

He's got 2 goals in 11 games which puts him at 15 for the year. Lower than desired, but not horrible. More troubling is the zero assists. The second line needs to get their crap together. Dats & Z can't do it all by themselves every night.

October 24, 2013  11:25 AM ET
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Properly Kronwall should have put it on Ericsson.

I think you are right that the injury probably would've been avoided if Ericsson was in position to receive a pass, but I don't think blaming the injury on a teammate is the proper course of action.

October 24, 2013  11:30 AM ET
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I think you are right that the injury probably would've been avoided if Ericsson was in position to receive a pass, but I don't think blaming the injury on a teammate is the proper course of action.

Yeah, that's why Kronner took it on himself. He's not going to throw a teammate under the bus, and he's not going to put it on an opponent. Just a humble Swede. Of course when one makes the 'smart' play you don't expect to get blasted.

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October 24, 2013  12:16 PM ET

Kinda surprised. 19 posts, and no one mentioned Lord Irk

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