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Setoguchi faces disciplinary hearing Tuesday; will not be suspended

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild news Updated: February 18, 2013 - 4:58 PM

Update:

Devin Setoguchi will have a 9 a.m. hearing with NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan on Tuesday after his cross-check to the face of Detroit Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey last night.

The hearing is to determine how much he'll be fined (if at all). It has already been determined Setoguchi will not be suspended, according to sources.

Setoguchi accepted a pass in front of the Red Wings' bench and was met by Quincey. He reacted by getting his stick up.

I think it's clearly an accident, but as is often the case in these situations, a player must be responsible for his stick.

Setoguchi has no prior history of discipline issues with the league and isn't a dirty player, so that may have played a factor in Shanahan's decision not to suspend him. Under the new CBA, any fine in excess of $5,000 requires a hearing. And since half of one day's pay for Setoguchi exceeds $5,000, this qualifies.

It was Setoguchi's second double minor for high-sticking in eight days. The first one was definitely an unlucky one. His stick got tied up with Shea Weber's stick and clipped a Nashville player.

In other news, the Aeros won for the fifth time in six games via shootout today in Toronto. Matt Hackett made 25 saves and is 3-1 since the Wild recalled Darcy Kuemper, having given up only six goals in the four games.

Also, I got a lot of emails today and tweets from people worried after it was reported in some circles that in realignment, the Wild will be in a division with four Canadian teams -- Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. I am assured by the NHL that there is "not a chance in the world" that happens.

So, carry on.

I will be in studio on KFAN at 9 a.m. Tuesday talking about the Wild with Paul Allen.

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