Mark Giordano deserves at least a game suspension for hit on Canes’ Aho

The Carolina Hurricanes' Sebastian Aho (20) lies on the ice after he was hit by the Calgary Flames' Mark Giordano (5) during the third period on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. Giordano was given a game misconduct penalty. Aho did not return to the game. The Flames beat the Canes, 4-1. (Chris Seward/Raleigh News
The Carolina Hurricanes' Sebastian Aho (20) lies on the ice after he was hit by the Calgary Flames' Mark Giordano (5) during the third period on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. Giordano was given a game misconduct penalty. Aho did not return to the game. The Flames beat the Canes, 4-1. (Chris Seward/Raleigh News /
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Overwhelming reaction from Canes’ fans

It’s clear to see that Giordano partially launched himself and intentionally put an elbow to the head/neck area of Aho while he was cutting across the ice. But, Aho did have his head up on the play. He probably was not expecting Giordano to lunge forward like he did.

Giordano is a hard-hitter and tough defender. However, he does not have a hit quite like this one in his repertoire during his more than a decade long NHL career. Injury causing hits against Tampa Bay Lightning star forward Nikita Kucherov and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri are not the cleanest hits you can watch either. Neither is as harmful as this hit, though.

Some of the notorious fan Twitter pages for the Canes were hopeful as to a quick recovery for Aho, especially since the team has a five-day break, before facing the Detroit Red Wings on Jan. 20. Here’s some initial reactions from Canes fans on Twitter.

Calgary fans seemingly felt different about the intent of the hit, and whether Giordano deserves a suspension. It’s nice to see Calgary fans showing some love to the recovery of Aho, as he deals with multiple injuries with no timeline to return yet.

As a whole, what’s done is done, and the Canes need to turn attention to the rest of the January slate on tap. Losing Aho hurts a ton, but injuries are still a part of the game and something teams have to deal with.

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We can just hope nothing else takes down a player the quality of Aho for the rest of the season. He’s an invaluable part of the Carolina first line, along with co-captain Jordan Staal and fellow skilled Finnish winger Teuvo Teravainen. Head coach Bill Peters needs to find a way to plug the hole left by Aho for the time being.