Nazem Kadri has been suspended for the rest of the first round against the Boston Bruins, according to the NHL Player Safety Department (ya know, the guys that hand out the suspensions).
Toronto’s Nazem Kadri has been suspended for the remainder of the First Round for Cross-checking Boston’s Jake DeBrusk. https://t.co/doqkyMVrLS
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) April 15, 2019
This suspension comes after a late cross-check to the head of Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk, that also resulted in a five minute major penalty during the game. It will see Kadri miss somewhere between 3-5 games, depending on the result of the series.
The decision from Player Safety comes as a result of two key factors. First, Kadri’s hit is clearly a cross-check, and while it usually is only a two minute penalty, the fact that Kadri targets the head is what caused discipline. Secondly, Kadri also has quite the history with the league, particularly his suspension in last years playoffs, as well as another suspension for a cross-check to the head against the Red Wings. These both factor into the decision, as well as the length.
Honestly, I don’t really know where to begin with Kadri …
Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation