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Video: Leafs’ Kadri ejected for illegal hit to head (Updated)

Nov 13, 2013, 10:09 PM EDT

Could Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri be getting a phone call from the NHL head of discipline Brendan Shanahan?

On Wednesday, Kadri was tossed after getting assessed a match penalty in the third period for an illegal hit to the head of Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund.

Granlund was shaken up on the hit, but finished the game, playing three shifts in overtime.

This wasn’t the first time tonight that Kadri ran afoul of the rules. In the first period, he ran Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom, causing him to leave the game.

The video shows that on the collision in the Wild crease, Kadri appeared to follow through with his right elbow. There may be two incidents for which he may be made to answer for.

  1. Windmiller4 - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    He should get 2 separate suspensions but i can easily see the nhl dropping the ball on this

    • sunderlanding - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      I don’t know why? Sure the first hit on the goalie I agree, but the second one is not suspendable. It was not blindside, the head was not targeted and the principal point of contact, and the player was not injured. You should read the rules next time.

      • joey4id - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:34 PM

        Hit on the goalie! Really. He won’t get a suspension for that. If Backstrom’s head would have been lower they would have called Kadri for kneeing.

      • withseidelinn - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:40 PM

        Fully agree. The hit on Granlund had nothing dirty about it. Elbow was down, hit him in the upper chest and never left his feet. Definition of a clean hit. The refs were making up for the missed call on the Backstrom hit, which was cheap and deserved a penalty for sure.

      • c9castine - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:05 AM

        well buddy, you seem to be in the vast majority, and I’m sure the 5 are leafs fans.

        two ridiculous hits. in the same game? this should be an easy 7 games with whats going on but like you said i can see the nhl dropping the ball on this. this is the kinda crap we really don’t need in the league

      • sunderlanding - Nov 14, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        Not a chance. He gets two games for the goalie hit and nothing for the other one. You do realize you CAN hit the head, so long as it’s not the only thing you hit. Goalie hit, he only hits the head, second hit, he hits the full body (head included).

    • lordfletcher - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      I don’t think he should get two suspensions… only the hit on Backs is really bad in my opinion. Clearly he didn’t miss his elbow on Backs’s head and looked very clear in his intentions. As for the Granlund hit, he targeted high, I don’t think he mean’t to hit his head along with his upper torso but that’s what can happen when you charge and lose control of your check.

      Kadri should have been booted after the Backstrom check and should have only got two minutes for the Granlund check. Refs blew it but not with the penalties, just the minutes given.

      The real issue here is Kadri, questionable checks and should pay the toll… 2 games seems more than fitting and I am really hoping Backstrom is okay because the Wild badly need a solid 1/2 goalie combo. The kids aren’t ready to step up yet.

      Cheers amigo’s :)

      • lordfletcher - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:59 PM

        I re-watched both checks… and whew…

        He could be getting suspended for both and more likely for the second hit as Shanny may call the hit against Backs “accidental”

        Time will tell. Who knows these days :)

      • elvispocomo - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:41 AM

        Lord, what would you put the suspension under on the Granlund hit? He keeps his elbow in and doesn’t charge by leaving his feet or coming from a distance, and most importantly, appears to hit somewhat squarely through the body. That typically means a legal check even if the head is also contacted based on what the NHL has sad in the past (and the current rule).

  2. missthemexpos - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Wow, did Kadri wake up on the wrong side of bed this morning?

  3. graymalkin26 - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    No respect for other players…RAT!

  4. 97wild - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Grade A P.O.S. Knowing Shanahan he’ll get 1 game. Love to see Kadri’s head driven through the boards!

    • dirtyback - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      You’re scum

    • sunderlanding - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:38 PM

      The goalie hit is bad, but according to NHL rules the second hit is not suspendable. Go read the rules and quit making stupid posts.

      • hazlydose - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:54 PM

        23.2 Fines and Suspensions – A player incurring a game misconduct penalty shall incur an automatic fine of two hundred dollars ($200) and the case shall be reported to the Commissioner who shall have full power to impose such further penalties by way of suspension or fine on the penalized player, goalkeeper or any other player involved in the altercation.

        What was that about not being suspendable? What was that about reading the rules? Rule 23 is the rule on Game Misconducts by the way. Maybe you should read the rules sometime Sunderlanding…

      • sunderlanding - Nov 14, 2013 at 2:08 PM

        The game misconduct was handed out by the refs for what they thought was a head shot. When the NHL reviews it they’ll find it was a full body check and he won’t be suspended.

      • Windmiller4 - Nov 14, 2013 at 12:17 AM

        According to the rules, headshots are a suspendable offense. I only watched the replay of the hit on backstrom once or twice, but from the views i saw it looks as though he hit backstrom in the head. He also hit Granlund in the head, and he had time to avoid hitting him as hard/high. The first hit is more difficult to suspend but he should get one game because of the followthrough, and he should get 2-3 games for the second hit on granlund.

      • sunderlanding - Nov 14, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        Headshots are suspendable, but that’s not a headshot. It’s a full body check with contact to the head. He won’t get anything for that one. The goalie his is bad, and he should get a game or two for it, but the other is fine.

  5. LampyB - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Agreed. 97wild is a scumbag. Stupid post.

    • lordfletcher - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      he’s just all worked up, give him a break

      same as Toronto fans going nuts not thinking this was a penalty. Colored glasses both ways. Hockey gets the blood going

  6. esracerx46 - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Did not see the second one as a video wasnt posted. But, my comment/question for the first one is..What did Andrew Shaw get for running into Mike Smith while Smith was playing the puck? 2 games in the playoffs? We know goalies aren’t fair game and the two incidents aren’t identical, yet not dissimilar. Kadri’s hit was far more egregious than Shaw. Smith flopped around until he knew their was a penalty and stayed in the game. Backstrom didn’t, and we know how Shanahan values injuries.

  7. helloname01 - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    I’ll admit, it takes some balls for the guy to throw another hit to the head after he has to know he’s already racked up a 5 game suspension, but he apparently has the requisite balls. Let’s hit this goon with a 15 game vacation

    • withseidelinn - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:43 PM

      Kadri and Goon don’t exactly fall in the same category…..

      • 19to77 - Nov 14, 2013 at 12:01 AM

        They do now.

  8. mountainmantride - Nov 14, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Kadri will be packaged in a deal and he’ll be out of Toronto shortly. Dick head in the locker room, now becoming a problem on the ice.

    • lordfletcher - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:49 AM

      I do not know of his actions around the club and in the locker room but the few times I have watched him play and his reactions tell me he doesn’t carry himself that well. (thinks his $hit don’t stink). I could be wrong, clearly I am not paying much attention to Toronto.

      That said, I would be a bit surprised if Toronto moved him seeing as they are very weak up the middle currently and need all the forwards they have to produce. I would think its more likely he would be moved during the summer at this point.

  9. sabatimus - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    I didn’t think Kadri was this kind of player. He should have been ejected after intentionally running Backstrom’s head. Granlund’s head was a little down, but Kadri saw that and went for the head hit anyway.

  10. sabatimus - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    And unless the match penalty is rescinded (it won’t be), Kadri will I think have at least one game off.

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