Published: Вт, Апреля 16, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Maple Leafs centre Nazem Kadri suspended for rest of first round

Maple Leafs centre Nazem Kadri suspended for rest of first round

The latter declined to comment on the incident when he met with reporters after the game. The 28-year-old has been suspended four times by the National Hockey League, twice for three games and twice for four games.

Toronto's Nazem Kadri has been suspended for the remainder of the First Round for Cross-checking Boston's Jake DeBrusk.

If Babcock can trust Kadri - who is under contract through the 2021-22 season with an annual average salary of $4.5-million U.S. - we aren't sure how. However, since the suspension is for fewer than six games, he's ineligible to eventually take his case to a neutral arbitrator in an effort to get it reduced.

The game requires you to play with high emotion, and to think that someone can play that way, and then suddenly, when things get a bit insane, exhibit the emotional control necessary to turn the other cheek is ridiculous. The unfortunate thing is that, with a very reasonable cap hit of $4.5 million for the next three seasons, Kadri could have been a big part of the solution. DeBrusk did not return to the game, neither did Torey Krug who could also be facing a concussion and Connor Clifton.

There's still a long way to go before Round 1 is settled between the Bruins and Maple Leafs, but Toronto left with more than a 2-1 series after a 3-2 win in Game 3.

That means he is nearly certainly looking at a hefty suspension that could sideline him for the remainder of Round 1, and perhaps beyond should the Maple Leafs advance. They're trying to advance (in the playoffs).

"Every night you get a set of four officials (including linesmen)", Babcock said. What's even more ridiculous is that Kadri took the bait so hard and lost his composure so easily, which makes it pretty clear he has a difficult time learning from his mistakes.

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A growing concern for Toronto is the lack of production from center Auston Matthews, who does not have a point in the series and has two points (one goal, one assist) in nine playoff games against the Bruins dating to the 2018 Eastern Conference First Round, which Boston won in seven games.

Because of that suspension, and because of his entire history, he has now at risk of missing a significant number with his upcoming suspension.

Athletes like Kadri are trained to play on the edge, and the game encourages a culture of retribution and violence.

Moments earlier, DeBrusk hit Leafs veteran Patrick Marleau into the boards.

None of this excuses Kadri's actions, but it does mitigate them somewhat. Now the rest of his teammates are going to be hurt by it, pay the price, and have to deal with the consequences. He has to stop crossing the line and being as reckless as he tends to be.

This means Kadri is eligible to be suspended in excess of five games.

The Maple Leafs meanwhile perhaps deserved a much better fate in their Game 2 loss to the Bruins as they had some ugly goals given up but at no fault to Frederik Andersen who was absolutely spectacular in the Maple Leafs crease. If they haven't, he shouldn't have too many chances remaining to prove he can change.

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