Nazem Kadri has rejected an appeal of his eight-game suspension by the NHL Player Safety Department in a binding ruling by an independent referee on Monday.
The Colorado striker Avalanche will spend the rest of his suspension during games 5 and 6 of the second round of the Stanley Cup against the Vegas Golden Knights. Kadri would be allowed to play in Game 7 of the series if necessary.
The best of the 7 series equals Game 5 at the Ball Arena in Denver on Tuesday (21:00 ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). Game 6 is in Vegas on Thursday.
Kadri turned to Sham Das. the independent arbitrator, as he was entitled under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, after NHL Commissioner Gary Batman rejected his initial appeal on May 31
The suspension was ordered on May 21 for an illegal inspection of the head of the defender of St. Louis Blues Justin Folk in Game 2 of the first round of the Stanley Cup at the Ball Arena on May 19.
Kadri has endured six games: Games 3 and 4 against the Blues and the first four games against the Golden Knights.
He had one assist in two games after the season before being stopped, scoring 29 points (12 goals, 17 assists) in 36 playoff games for the Stanley Cup. He scored 32 points (11 goals, 21 assists) in 56 games of the regular season.
“Eight games, I’m a little surprised to be honest with you,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said when the suspension was announced. “I’ve looked at all the breaks in the headshot for the last year. A lot of players with two gamers have given up, which have been significant blows to the head. We have guys issued with blows to the head who you know aren’t on the road without stopping and two games. .
“So I thought that usually the rule is that in the playoffs you get a little less, and he gets a lot more, so that’s what he is. We have to deal with that and we need other guys to intensify today we will not worry about it.We must live with the decisions [NHL Player Safety] they do and they do them for a reason. We don’t always have to agree when it’s their decision and you have to live with it. “
The incident happened with 13:34 in the third period. Kadri received a penalty for the match. Folk, who did not return to game 2, did not play in the last two games in the series.
Kadri had previously been suspended twice during the season.
When he played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, he was suspended from three Boston Bruins striker Tommy Wings’ game in the First Round of the 2018 Eastern Conference First Round. He was also eliminated for the remainder of the first round in 2019 for a cross check on the Boston striker Jake DeBrusk in game 2; The Bruins won the series in seven games.