When Alex Edler played for the Vancouver Canucks in the 2020-21 season, he got suspended two games by the NHL for kneeing the then-Toronto player Zach Hyman. Hyman was out injured for some time, and since then, he’s not a huge fan of Edler, who is now with the LA Kings.
On Wednesday, he called out Edler mid-game in an interview during the second intermission of the Edmonton Oilers’ game with the LA Kings.
All Oilers fans held their breath as Connor McDavid was taken down by Edler early in the second period. McDavid was trying to break the puck into the offensive zone as Edler stepped up o the blue line and hit McDavid while leading with his knee. McDavid fell to the ice and didn’t get back up immediately. McDavid’s teammate Darnell Nurse stepped in, dropped his gloves to fight Edler, and got called for two roughing minors.
The refs called Edler for a two-minute minor, but Zach Hyman thinks he deserved more. During the interview, he called out Edler for making an ”extremely dangerous play.”
”He did that hit to me a couple years ago. The exact same play, and I was out for two months. He did the same to Connor. Extremely dangerous play. I’m glad Connor is okay,” he told Sportsnet.
Connor McDavid never left the game, and later in the game, he cross-checked Edler in Los Angeles’ zone and got called for a two-minute minor on the play. His teammate Leon Draisaitl also handed out some slashes on the Kings defenseman.