Duncan Keith received a five-game suspension from the NHL for his elbow to the head of Canucks winger Daniel Sedin, which should allow him to be well rested for the playoffs when the workhorse Chicago Blackhawks former Norrs Trophy winning defenceman returns to the lineup with two regular season games to go.

Just when or if Daniel Sedin returns this season from the concussion-like symptoms he suffered as a result of the vicious hit by Keith that appeared on video to be deliberate is anybody's guess. Sedin, last season's NHL scoring champion and the Canucks leading goalscorer this season, returned to Vancouver on Thursday and is being assessed by a variety of medical specialists. It's unknown how long he will be out.

Wheteher the suspension is too harsh or too soft depends on who you're talking to. Certainly, five games isn't enough of a deterrent to stop the next player from taking out another of the league's stars and it was a missed opportunity to send a message.