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Wings prospect Pulkkinen gets suspended four preseason games

Sep 19, 2013, 6:38 PM EDT

The NHL decided to suspend Detroit Red Wings prospect Teemu Pulkkinen four preseason games for boarding Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michael Kostka during Tuesday’s preseason game.

As you can see, Brendan Shanahan emphasized that it was a boarding hit in which Kostka wasn’t facing Pulkkinen. The punishment was less severe because Kostka, 27, didn’t suffer an injury and Pulkkinen doesn’t have a suspension history.

Of course, Pulkkinen hasn’t had much of a chance to develop a rap sheet at the NHL level; that was the 21-year-old’s first shift.

Obviously, losing out on preseason games hurts a prospect like Pulkkinen more than it would a veteran player. This robs him of four potential opportunities to move up the totem pole in the eyes of management.

  1. wingsdjy - Sep 20, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    I’m still not convinced that this was a suspension-worthy hit. Looked to me like Kostka saw Pulkkinen at the last second and turned away; he put himself in a dangerous position. The puck handler still has responsibility for his own safety, otherwise what’s the point of even playing hockey?

  2. hockeydon10 - Sep 20, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    He wasn’t head hunting, but that’s still too dangerous to let it go unpunished. Four seems a little high for first time offender of a boarding call — after all, we’ve seen hits to the head result in less games — but it a play that should never be allowed and it’s not exactly the end of the world to see him lose 4 pre-season games.

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