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Kadri will have phone hearing for Backstrom hit

Nov 14, 2013, 8:49 AM EDT

After receiving a two-minute minor on Wednesday for running over Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom, it looks like Toronto’s Nazem Kadri might receive further discipline. The NHL has confirmed that they have scheduled a phone hearing with Kadri.

If you missed the incident, you can view it below:

Although the 35-year-old goaltender didn’t immediately exit the game, it wasn’t long before he was forced to end his night with what the Wild are calling an upper-body injury.

The NHL’s announcement regarding Kadri makes no mention of his other controversial hit of the night. The 23-year-old forward received a match penalty in the third period for hitting Mikael Granlund in the head:

Analyst Mike Milbury suggested that “somebody has to take care of Nazem Kadri” by fighting him down the road. However, Wild coach Mike Yeo doesn’t believe his team matches Toronto in terms of toughness.

“If we want to start trading off, we go after Kadri, next thing you know, what are they going to go after?” Yeo asked.

In the end though, it was the Wild that ended up on top. Zach Parise scored the game-tying goal with just 4:17 remaining in regulation time en route to a 2-1 shootout win.

  1. ibieiniid - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    then, sitting in the same room, they’ll hang up their phones and talk face to face about the Granlund hit.

    • hockey412 - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      hahahaha excellent visual…well played…

  2. hockey412 - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Interesting to see what happens here. Why don’t they give him 3-5 games for Backstrom, then review the Granlund hit separately and label him a repeat offender for that one. The kid played the dirtiest game I’ve ever seen him play.

    • elvispocomo - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      You can’t do that if the suspension you’re using to qualify him came after the incident you want to give him his second suspension for. If they did suspend for both and he got a third down the road? Then he’d be in deep trouble.

      • mp1131211 - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      • elvispocomo - Nov 14, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        Sarcasm or not, there are more than enough stupid people on the internet to think this could be a real thing.

      • shortsxit34 - Nov 14, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        I can think of one…

  3. purpleguy - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Pretty bogus play by Kadri, particularly on the Backstrom hit. The league will nail him if the Wild didn’t. Had Rupp not been on injury rehab in Iowa, Yeo might have had the team respond differently.

  4. nozzle44 - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Kadri is an embarrassment for the sport. Dirty& reckless play, embellishes more than a MLS player. Then whines when he gets called for his antics. I’m glad the Wild won’t see Toronto again this year, but the plot certainly would’ve thickened for a future match-up with Rupp back in the lineup……

    • ibieiniid - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      come on man. is every guy people don’t like an “embarrassment for the sport?” i’m sick of hearing that. goons are goons, but they don’t embarrass me. Marty McSorely and Todd Bertuzzi are the only 2 I can think of that have embarrassed me as a hockey fan.

      • elvispocomo - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:54 AM

        Really, no Chris Simon for instance? there’re have been more than enough incidents since the McSorely stick to the head of Brashear that should leave you embarrassed as a hockey fan than just those two?

        I agree that Kadri isn’t on that level, but if nozzle want’s to start using that as a criteria then he’ll have a very long list of players to be embarrassed by. Maybe he’s just embarrassed easily.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 14, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        you’re right. maybe my list was a bit short, but my point that his standards for embarrassment are too low stands. to each his own though, I shouldn’t have even said anything.

      • elvispocomo - Nov 14, 2013 at 3:26 PM

        Fair enough.

    • sunderlanding - Nov 14, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      That’s right the Wild don’t have any dirty players.

  5. withseidelinn - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Just like I previously said, the hit on Granlund was clean. All the biased Wild fans who were calling for 5 and 10 game suspensions as well as on ice retribution should see the situation from a neutral standpoint.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      I’m neutral, and that was NOT clean. Try again.

      • withseidelinn - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        Well unfortunately you are wrong. I would say the NHL has a better understanding of what a clean hit is than you do, so if you want to present a better argument than “Try again” be my guest.

      • elvispocomo - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        Here’s my question then: why was it not clean (enough that it should deserve a suspension)? I’m neutral and don’t like these hits where the head has contact but I don’t think this is suspendable under the current rules.

      • sabatimus - Nov 14, 2013 at 12:10 PM

        If the NHL had a better understanding of what a clean hit is, why is Shanahan so terribly inconsistent?

      • sunderlanding - Nov 14, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        It was clean. Not blindside, the head wasn’t targeted (yes it was hit, but that’s allowed as long as he gets the whole body), and the player wasn’t injured. That’s the protocol for suspension. The goalie hit is bad, and he’ll get two games for that, but the other one is fine. Nothing more than the match penalty.

    • blackandorangeforlife - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      I’m a Flyers fan and i see at least 5 games just for that hit…..But given no reputation (history) the most he will get is 5 for both elbows!

    • skr213 - Nov 14, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      It wasn’t clean, but not suspension worthy. Look at the hit from the angle where it shows Kadri from behind. That shows very clearly that the main point of contact was the chest. He continued his follow-through up to Granlund’s head, but that after the brunt of the force was released upward onto Grunland’s chest.

  6. sjsharks66 - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    I thought the forearm shiver to the face was worse than the hit on their goaltender. Was it clean? Of course not! Their goalie has more protection for his head though.

    Really surprised they are not talking to him about both hits.

    • elvispocomo - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      Forearm to the face? Kadri appears to keep his arm in so I’m not sure where you get that from.

      And the goalie helmets are meant to disperse contact from shot to prevent a pressure point, but they’re actually worse for protecting against contact from a body check.

  7. kingcobraman - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    that was a dirty ugly hit to a goalie…should be at least 5 games …

  8. wingsfan97 - Nov 14, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Hockey was so much better 15 years ago.

    Last I checked a goalie interference,head check,elbow etc. was a 2 minute pently not a suspension.

    Everyone is trying to make the game as safe as possible and it’s ruining the game.

    • stakex - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      I would agree to an extent when it comes to some of the head shot suspensions of late. I mean sometimes its really hard to throw an open ice hit and not make at least some contact with the head… especially when there is size difference between the players. There have been some suspensions in which a taller player grazes he chin of a much shorter players during an otherwise clan hit and he gets three games for it. That’s a joke.

      The rules are suppose to be in place to stop intentional targeting of the head, which I fully support. They are however being used to suspend players that clearly aren’t targeting the head, but still make some contact with it. That needs to change.

  9. stakex - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    There is room to debate just how bad the Granlund hit was, but that hit on Backstrom was down right dirty. Goalies, at least while in the crease, require extra protection and the league should come down hard on Kadri for this hit. If he doesn’t receive a solid suspension, you are essentially telling players that its perfectly fine to take a run at other teams goalies.

  10. shortsxit34 - Nov 14, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    It’s official: 3 games

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