He avoided suspension earlier in the preseason for a questionable hit on Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey – but this time around, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas couldn’t escape punishment.
The NHL’s Department of Player Safety confirmed on Monday afternoon that Gudas, who had a telephone hearing that morning for his hit on Bruins forward Austin Czarnik on Saturday night, has been suspended for the first six games of the regular season. This deems the blue liner eligible to make his regular season debut on Monday, October 25th, when the Flyers host the Buffalo Sabres.
Per Player Safety, the hit – called as interference – earned such a hefty suspension due to significant head contact made, an injury suffered by Czarnik on the play, and the fact that Gudas is a repeat offender.
A native of Prague, Czech Republic, Gudas has found a role for himself in the NHL as a hard hitting defenseman who is able to put up decent numbers.
He was suspended three games last year for a reckless hit to then-Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad, though, and this time the NHL’s Player Safety opted to double his suspension length. Player Safety specifically cited this previous suspension, doled out in December of 2015, as part of the reasoning behind the six games.
If this trend continues, he could find himself facing even harsher punishment the next time his edgy play crosses the line.