Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas is effective, but has certainly developed a reputation for toeing the line with his physical play.
That seems to be something that will carry over into yet another season, as the blue liner delivered a questionable hit on New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey during a preseason game Monday that’s left fans wondering if there’s a suspension headed his way.
The hit sent Vesey off the ice – and although he returned for the second period, it certainly doesn’t look good for the oft-criticized defenseman. Via SB Nation’s Broad Street Hockey:
The hit came after Gudas had played in just over six minutes of the first period.
It’s hard to tell specifically from the video, but it looks like the hit comes straight from behind; it seems as if Gudas checked Vesey straight in the numbers, which qualifies the hit as illegal and potentially in need of supplemental discipline.
Despite a roughing minor, a fighting major and a game misconduct for the defenseman, it’s certainly possible that the Department of Player Safety will step in; they’ve already suspended both Andrew Shaw and Niklas Hjalmarsson for illegal preseason hits, and Los Angeles Kings forward Tanner Pearson is awaiting his own verdict from the DPS.
As of right now, though, there was no lasting injury on the play – Vesey is still in the game – and Gudas is sitting out the remainder of the contest (which amounts to just over two periods of play). That could influence whether or not he’s slapped with a penalty just weeks before the regular season begins.