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Kadri suspended three games for running Backstrom

Nov 14, 2013, 5:41 PM EDT

The NHL has announced its punishment for Nazem Kadri, suspending the Toronto center three games for “recklessly” colliding with Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom last night in Minnesota.

According to league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, Kadri delivered a “forceful blow to the head that caused injury.”

In making his decision, Shanahan deemed that Kadri could have avoided contact with Backstrom, though it was noted the league does not believe it was “an intentional act.”

In December of 2011, then-Nashville forward Jordin Tootoo was suspended two games for running Buffalo Ryan Miller.

Why did Kadri get three games after Tootoo only got two? Possibly because Backstrom was hurt and Miller was not. Though, on the other hand, Tootoo had a disciplinary history prior to the Miller incident and, until today, Kadri did not.

Agree or disagree, the Kadri suspension comes at a bad time for the Leafs, who are already without injured centers Tyler Bozak and Dave Bolland.

Per the CBA, Kadri will forfeit $44,615.37, with the money going to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Related: Welcome to the age of “heightened sensitivity to the well-being” of NHL goalies

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 14, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Leafs fan here. I’m quite OK with this. It was a dumb play. Kadri has potential. If he learns from his time off how to control and channel his feistiness, all the better. For the team short-term, obviously it’s bad.

  2. sjtorpitt - Nov 14, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Top 3 centers out… Tough times..

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      Indeed. Time to see how the Marlies are doing.

  3. charlieconway96 - Nov 14, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Interesting that the hit that got him ejected wasn’t looked at as well.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      From what I saw watching the game, the second one wasn’t quite as bad* and it seemed the ejection was kind of a combination of a make-up call and a sum-total penalty. The refs saying, hey kid, you’re showing us you don’t get it, so that’s enough for tonight. (*My evidence being Backstrom had to leave and the second player continued playing.)

      • charlieconway96 - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM

        I agree with the idea that he was probably tossed for the combination of both hits. The second hit seemed very comparable to some others that have resulted in suspensions this season, if he was tossed for the combination of plays, should the supplemental discipline involve both? As far as Backstrom being injured and Granlund not goes, shouldn’t suspensions be dealt based on the danger of the play and not the result (i know thats a debate as old as time)?

  4. sabatimus - Nov 14, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    And, the Granlund one?

    • sunderlanding - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      It wasn’t suspendable. Not blindside, not targeting the head and principal point of contact, and the player wasn’t injured. This is what I thought would happen.

      • bowski84 - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        def. hit head

      • sunderlanding - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:32 PM

        You can hit the head. As long as it’s part of a full body check. That was a full body check. Go read the headshot rule.

      • bowski84 - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        on both hits

  5. greej1938l - Nov 14, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Cheap bastard

  6. graymalkin26 - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    No respect for other players…RAT…hope knobgobbing Leafs don’t win another game.

  7. themohel - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    The Wheel of Justice has little logic. I think another good comparison is Andrew Shaw of the Blackhawks running Mike Smith of the Yotes in the playoffs a couple years back. Shaw got three playoff games, and Kadri only gets three regular season games. They are so inconsistent that they have lost credibility in my book (not that they care about my book).

    • sunderlanding - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:28 AM

      …and we don’t either. If the league is such a joke go watch Basketball.

      • themohel - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:51 AM

        Excellent reply, genius, thanks for taking the time to post it. It is possible to have a great game and a poorly run league at the same time, but I guess that concept is tough for some to get.

      • sunderlanding - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:11 AM

        There is always the KHL.

      • dueman - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:06 AM

        @themohel – It’s more of a possibility that your comment was just stupid.

  8. spitfisher - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Shanny, start making these suspensions 10 games for starters and 25 for repeat offenders, head shots of this nature will go away.

  9. dirtyback - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Good thing the Leafs play the Buffalo back to back this weekend. Although i don’t wish injury on any player (having been there myself and because I am not scum unlike graymalkin) it’s nice to see Kadri get some grit in his game and play some mean puck.

  10. cjvirnig - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    I hope Randy Carlyle pays the fine. It was blatantly obvious right from the drop of the puck that he had released the hounds. This is probably because despite defeating the Wild last month 4-1 in Toronto, the Wild literally skated circles around the Leafs in that game and dominated every statistical category other than goals. In last night’s game, Jonathan Bernier played exceptionally well, otherwise the Wild would have won in a route after once again utterly dominating the Leafs across the box score (except for goals and hits). From where I sit, if Toronto’s only game plan is to resort to goon hockey against finesse teams who can skate, then they’re in for a very long season.

    • dueman - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:08 AM

      Naw…you’re not a Wild fan, are you…lol

      • larsonm0572 - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        lol and youre probably not a Leafs fan “OMGG guys that hit was so clean!! How is that suspendable!!??” what a joke you are bud…

    • mp1131211 - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:33 AM

      Not sure how taking out the goalie (the backup goalie actually) drops the team from skating circles around you.

  11. shortsxit34 - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Okay, so Kadri gets 3 games for the hit on Backstrom.

    But what about the match penalty for his hit on Granlund? Every match penalty must be reviewed. I can only assume that Shanahan reviewed both plays during the same meeting with Kadri and has decided that no suspension is warranted.

    • sabatimus - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:39 PM

      I don’t think so. I’m thinking an announcement about Granlund will be separate.

      • killerpgh - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:20 PM

        2 years back in the playoffs James Neal had 2 hearings from one game (actually 1 shift). Neal got a 1 game suspension and Shanny reviewed/broke down both plays on the same video.I would think he would of done the same here.

  12. metalization1 - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Only 3 games? I guess player safety isn’t as important as they try to let on. Blatantly running a goalie causing an injury should come with higher consequences.

  13. 950003cups - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Backstrom totally dove there. Kadri got duped. Let’s hear from some Leafs fans about this hogwash!

    • mp1131211 - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:35 AM

      Oops… I accidentally reported your comment. Hope you aren’t banned because your comment is so terrible. Lol! But seriously, I accidentally reported you comment.

    • shortsxit34 - Nov 15, 2013 at 3:36 AM

      He intentionally dove onto the back of his head and is missing games? He must be pretty committed…

  14. 950003cups - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Shanahan said he only gave 3 games to Kadri because Backstrom eventually was probably gonna get injured at some point in the game anyway.

    • mp1131211 - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:36 AM

      Ok……….. This one is kind of funny

      -Wild fan

  15. muckleflugga - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    simple remedy…

    arm the goalies with tasers, fitted into the blocker’s leading edge

    nothing that would kill anyone, just enough voltage to discourage the likes of kadri

    [ my my nazem, that afro becomes you ]

  16. sunderlanding - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    After watching the video I think they got this one right.

    • themohel - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:54 AM


      • sunderlanding - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:12 AM


  17. hockeyflow33 - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:50 AM


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