Originally posted on The Predatorial  |  Last updated 10/10/13
As Roman Josi remains out indefinitely with a concussion, did the NHL get the call right by deciding not to have a hearing or to suspend Avalanche forward Steve Downie? Based on a frame-by-frame breakdown of video evidence, one would be inclined to believe otherwise. This evening, Brendan Shanahan of the NHL’s Department of Player Safety handed down a three-game suspension to San Jose Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart for an illegal check to the head of New York Rangers forward Rick Nash. At the time of the incident during the game on Tuesday night, Stuart was given a two minute minor for elbowing. The following morning, the NHL announced that Stuart would have a hearing with Shanahan and the Department of Player Safety that day in response to the hit. While Stuart’s hit on Nash was deemed an illegal check to the head by Shanahan, Stuart had only one previous suspension in his current 15 year career in the NHL: a stick infraction during the 2000-2001 season. Stuart’s suspension video, ...
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