Philadelphia Flyers’ blueliner Radko Gudas will miss the next 10 games due to a suspension that was handed down Sunday evening.
Philadelphia’s Radko Gudas suspended ten games for slashing Winnipeg's Mathieu Perreault. https://t.co/evgkEFCNUf
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) November 20, 2017
The incident occurred during the first period of Thursday’s game against Winnipeg when Gudas slashed Jets’ forward Mathieu Perreault.
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 like Radko Gudas as a player but sitting him twenty games for that Barry Bonds level swing wouldn't be enough.
— Travis Yost (@travisyost) November 17, 2017
Gudas should get 20 games for that garbage.
— Jeff O'Neill (@odognine2) November 17, 2017
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.
Radko Gudas ejected for this slash on Mathieu Perreault pic.twitter.com/V3KlywhYkj
— Flyers Nation (@FlyersNation) November 17, 2017
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.
The Gudas suspension of 10 games should come as no surprise. Too often, though, we ignore the financial side of the discipline. Gudas forfeits more than 408K Dollars.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) November 20, 2017
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.