VIDEO: NHL Suspends Maple Leafs Nazem Kadri For Three Games

The NHL has suspended Maple Leafs Nazem Kadri for three games for his hit to the head of Minnesota Wild’s goaltender Niklas Backstrom.

Was three games too much, not enough or just right?


  1. SCBNr1

    November 15, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Sometimes, goalies are over-protected when interferences is the reason for a disallowed goal. But there, Kadri should have been suspended for more than that as players tend to crash the net (and the goalies), more often than before…

    The speed of the game has incresead, but the players have to be responsable for such contacts. Backstrom left badly injured moreover…

  2. bri

    November 15, 2013 at 10:41 am

    It was clear from the replay that Kadri deflected the puck turned and was a half step from the goalie. In fast motion nobody could have avoided the goalie. But he was suspended for not trying. If he ad put his hands in the air and was hurt the league wouldnt have been happy

  3. RexR

    November 15, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    1 game would be about right. It started with a legit scoring play, and his crime was not doing enough to avoid the goalie. There was no intent to injure. But we want to protect goalies — fair enough, the match penalty and a 1-game suspension should do that. As Shanahan points out, Kadri’s arms went up after the collision, so it doesn’t look nearly as bad in slow-mo as it did on TV.

  4. Billy Burbank

    November 15, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Wow, he clearly gave the goalie a shot with the elbow and he made sure he landed on his head.
    To see anything else is a crime.

  5. Robyn

    November 16, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    RexR, you say match penalty but that was for a completely different play. He got the match for hitting Granlund. He actually only got two minutes for hitting Backstrom. So in reality the 3 games is making up for the lack of a match penalty. It could also secretly be a combination for the two.