Radko Gudas caught off guard by 10-game suspension

Updated: November 21, 2017 at 4:11 pm by Brady Trettenero

Philadelphia Flyers’ blueliner Radko Gudas will miss the next 10 games due to a suspension that was handed down Sunday evening.

The incident occurred during the first period of Thursday’s game against Winnipeg when Gudas slashed Jets’ forward Mathieu Perreault.

Gudas gets game misconduct after hitting Perreault’s head with his stick from hockey

Gudas was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for slashing. He’s considered a repeat offender and forfeited $408,536.60 in salary.

In an interview with Flyers TV, Gudas disagreed with the decision.

“I was surprised. I didn’t expect that. I don’t agree with it, but I accept their decision.

It’s an interesting reaction from Gudas, as many prominent voices in the hockey world don’t feel that 10 games was enough.

I doubt many people believe Gudas intentionally tried to slash Perrault’s neck. When you really slow it down, it looks like he tried to come down on him in some fashion and it was just an unfortunate result.

What it does show, however, is Gudas’ recklessness and lack of respect for some of his opponents.

While 10 games is still a lengthy suspension, he’s forfeiting quite a bit of money and will likely learn his lesson.

While the decision may have caught Gudas by surprise, watching 10 consecutive games from the press box is sure to lead to some reflection. Hopefully.

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