Monday, October 3, 2016

Watch: Gudas Welcomes Vesey to His World

Welcome to my world. My NHL. That's what this hit by Flyers' defenseman Radko Gudas says to New York Rangers' rookie forward Jimmy Vesey. It's nothing new for Gudas, who has developed a reputation as one of the NHL's most dangerous players. The 26-year-old Czech is an absolute monster on the ice. He loves to hit and he does it as though his life depends on it. More often than not, however, Gudas tends to cross the line. Last year he was suspended after popping Ottawa's Mika Zibanejad with a forearm shiver to the head.

What's confounding about Gudas' noteworthy hits is that he really seems like he just wants to make a good old-fashioned hit, but when his opponent moves ever so slightly he never has the sense to pull back and just let it go. Here he recieves five for boarding as well as five for fighting and a game misconduct.

Vesey would return to the game and score a late goal for the Rangers to tie the score at three. The Flyers won in OT on Jakub Voracek's winner.

Gudas, who has been a menace to the NHL for quite some time now, has racked up 340 penalty minutes in four seasons with Tampa and the Flyers. He'll certainly be hearing from the league on this incident, but it's unclear if the NHL will levy a big suspension or let Gudas go, saying that Vesey put himself in a vulnerable position by turning at the last second. It might be true the Vesey made Gudas' life more difficult by not giving him the target he initially sought, but doesn't the fact that Gudas exploded through the hit and tried to basically send Vesey through the glass make it a suspendable boarding violation?

I guess we'll find out soon enough.

If suspended, Gudas would join Andrew Shaw of Montreal and Niklas Hjalmarsson in the suspension column. Yep, it's been a rollicking pre-season in the NHL.