Did Radko Gudas finally get the message?
Only time will tell, but his coach is clearly running out of patience.
“The play the other night didn’t help us win a hockey game,” Dave Hakstol told reporters, per CSN Philly. “That’s the long and short of it, publicly.”
Hakstol said he spoke privately with Gudas following yet another game misconduct for the big defenseman Tuesday against New Jersey. Because Gudas was tossed at 8:10 of the first period after needlessly running over Devils forward Bobby Farnham, the Flyers were forced to play with five defenseman for most of that contest.
At the very least, Gudas waited until late in the third to get booted out of a game against Buffalo a few days earlier. Ditto for the game against Montreal on Feb. 2. And lest we forget he was suspended in December for a headshot on Ottawa forward Mika Zibanejad.
He insists he gets it now.
“I can’t be doing this on the ice,” he said.
And yet, he’s kept doing it.