The NHL Department of Player Safety is getting used to hearing from Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas. Unlike their previous preseason encounter for boarding Jimmy Vesey earlier in the week, the league decided that they’ve had enough of Gudas for the time being following Saturday’s preseason game against the Bruins.
On Monday, Gudas earned a six-game suspension for delivering a shoulder to the head of Austin Czarnik during the B’s 1-0 overtime win over the Flyers in the preseason finale. Gudas earned a two-minute minor for boarding at the time of the incident.
Czarnik, who did not return following the hit at 5:47 of the third period, is considered day to day with concussion-like symptoms as Claude Julien noted after Monday’s practice.
“Gudas initiated the hit after the puck is gone and contact is made outside the allowable window during which a player may finish the check,” the league stated in its video ruling.
“In addition to the lateness of this check, Gudas makes significant and forceful contact with the head of Czarnik. It is the combination of the lateness of this hit, and the forceful and substantial head contact that causes this hit to rise to the level of supplemental discipline.”
In addition to Czarnik’s injury, Gudas’ repeat offender status also played a factor into the ruling. The Czech-born blue-liner earned a three-game ban last season for delivering an illegal check to the head to Mika Zibanejad during a Flyers-Senators contest last December.
During his six-game ban, Gudas will forfeit over $245,000.