Former Toronto Maple Leaf Nazem Kadri has been compelled to take a seat within the first spherical of the playoffs for a 3rd time in 4 years, with this break his longest but: an eight -game suspension.
Colorado’s Nazem Kadri has been suspended for eight video games for an Unlawful Verify to the Head on St. Louis’ Justin Faulk. https://t.co/5rg2ZPVm5P
— NHL Participant Security (@NHLPlayerSafety) May 22, 2021
Now a member of the Colorado Avalanche, Kadri was assessed a match penalty for this hit, which made contact to the top of St. Louis Blues defenceman Justin Faulk.
One other take a look at the hit by Nazem Kadri: pic.twitter.com/CEwpXkjG2x
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 20, 2021
Regardless of having their listening to “Friday afternoon”, the NHL Division of Participant Security took their time saying Kadri’s suspension: really breaking it whereas the remainder of his group was within the midst of Sport 3 of their playoff sequence.
Generally group officers stick by their guys when a questionable hit occurs, however even Avalanche coach Jared Bednar didn’t love this one.
Bednar on Kadri’s hit: “I take a look at one replay, it appears to be like high-quality. I take a look at one other angle and it appears to be like actually unhealthy.”#Avs
— Scott MacDonald (@0ffScottFree) May 20, 2021
Blues ahead Ryan O’Reilly was additionally amongst these criticizing Kadri.
O’Reilly on Kadri hit: “That is a really harmful hit. It is acquired to be a suspension. It is harmful. He is a repeat offender. That is utterly uncalled for. That is terrible to see.” #stlblues
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) May 20, 2021
Kadri has beforehand been suspended 5 instances in his profession, with the Participant Security video noting his “vital historical past.” Two of these suspensions noticed him thrown out of the rest of Toronto’s first-round matchups in opposition to Boston in 2018 and 2019, along with his hits on Tommy Wingels and Jake Debrusk, respectively.