Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos is reporting late Thursday night that Duncan Keith’s meeting with the NHL might be bigger than initially reported. Kypreos tweeted that the league has indeed asked Keith to meet in-person regarding his elbow to the head of Daniel Sedin, who suffered a concussion on the play.
UPDATE: TSN’s Bob McKenzie tweeted late Thursday night that the NHL had indicated to Keith early on Thursday that a phone meeting would be sufficient, but that the league may have changed their minds and has asked for an in-person meeting. McKenzie also indicated that Keith has not waived his right for the in-person hearing yet. Finally, McKenzie tweeted that the league will make a decision regarding the the hearing on Friday morning.
The disciplinary hearing was initially reported to be a phone call, which would limit any potential suspension to five games; an in-person hearing allows Brendan Shanahan to suspend a player for more than five games. Keith can waive his right to meet with the league in-person.
Shanahan suspended Shane Doan, the Coyotes’ captain, for three games for an elbow to the head of Dallas’ Jamie Benn on Tuesday night. Doan is a repeat offender, though; Keith has never faced discipline before. Benn was not injured on that play.