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 at this point. It was dumb, reckless, and for the second year in a row, he might cost his team a trip to the second round because of a play like this. It not only puts the team in a position where they are now without their third line center, but it also puts them in a position where they can’t trust him to keep his emotions in check.
To anyone who wanted the Leafs to play with emotion, this is what happens to the team when they do. At the very least, Kadri seemed to be the one who was most antagonized by the Bruins play, so maybe his absence will let the Leafs focus on their game a bit more, like in Game 1.