The National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today that Boston Bruins RW David Backes has been suspended for three games the hit Tuesday on Detroit’s Frans Nielsen. The suspension is without pay and under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and based on his average annual salary Backes will forfeit nearly $97,000.
The incident took place with 16 seconds left in the first period. At the time, Backes was assessed a minor penalty for roughing and served the majority of the penalty at the start of the second period.
If the organization decides to recall a right-winger from Providence for depth, one would think it could be either Zach Senyshyn or Jordan Szwarz.
848 games. Never fined. Never suspended. What the actual heck is this three-game suspension?! #NHLBruins
— Lauren Campbell (@lalalalaurrrren) March 7, 2018
As always, I have no issue with players being punished for head hits, however 3 games for a player with no history isn’t in line with previous suspensions. I guess Nielsen being injured factored in heavily. That said, don’t make that hit & you don’t have to worry about suspension https://t.co/aT6FS597GN
— Colin Beswick (@CBeswick) March 7, 2018
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