According to league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, Kadri delivered a “forceful blow to the head that caused injury.”
In making his decision, Shanahan deemed that Kadri could have avoided contact with Backstrom, though it was noted the league does not believe it was “an intentional act.”
In December of 2011, then-Nashville forward Jordin Tootoo was suspended two games for running Buffalo Ryan Miller.
Why did Kadri get three games after Tootoo only got two? Possibly because Backstrom was hurt and Miller was not. Though, on the other hand, Tootoo had a disciplinary history prior to the Miller incident and, until today, Kadri did not.
Agree or disagree, the Kadri suspension comes at a bad time for the Leafs, who are already without injured centers Tyler Bozak and Dave Bolland.
Per the CBA, Kadri will forfeit $44,615.37, with the money going to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.