***McKenzie Reports Mikkelson Waived; Doan Suspended 3 Games***

Just to clarify, Doan had two hits. One on Fowler was fine by NHL, the one on Sexton not so much. Hearing is for Sexton hit.via Twitter for BlackBerry®


Bob McKenzie reported this morning via Twitter that the NHL would not discipline Shane Doan for his hit on Cam Fowler last night but would hold a hearing for his hit on Dan Sexton.  Doan was not disciplined in-game for either hit.  UPDATE: Eric Stephens has retweeted Mike Johnson's report that Doan was suspended for three games for his hit on Sexton. 

Fowler had finished a coast to coast rush and was skating behind the net after shooting the puck when Doan caught him off balance and drilled him into the boards as the rookie's head was at hip level.  Fowler was conscious but remained down after the hit, and according to Coach Randy Carlyle, sustained a cut to his nose.  UPDATE: The Ducks have confirmed that Fowler sustained a broken nose.

Later in the game, Doan put a blindside hit on Dan Sexton in the neutral zone three beats after the winger had released the puck.  The Coyotes' captain's shoulder check jarred Sexton's head in what looked like a textbook example of the NHL's new rule against blindside hits.

McKenzie also reported that the Ducks have waived defenseman and 2005 31st overall pick Brendan Mikkelson.  According to Eric Stephens, Anaheim has not confirmed that they will send the blueliner to their AHL affiliate in Syracuse should he clear waivers tomorrow morning.

Picked just outside of the first round in 2005, Mikkelson was praised as a capable skating defenseman with Top 4 NHL upside.  However, after playing parts of two seasons with the Ducks, issues with consistency prevented him from cracking the lineup.  He accepted his RFA qualifying offer over the summer to stay with the team this season, but the Ducks have since acquired multiple one-way contracts and have a full complement of defensemen in Syracuse, giving some redundancy to Mikkelson's contract at either the AHL or NHL level.


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