Radko Gudas is in trouble again.
The NHL Department of Player Safety informed the rugged Flyers defenseman Friday that he has been offered an in-person hearing for his slashing major penalty incurred during Thursday’s contest against the Jets in Winnipeg. There is no date for the hearing as of yet.
The incident occurred 9:50 into the first period. Six players — three from each side — battled for a loose puck in the corner of the Flyers zone. Gudas lost his helmet while engaged with Winnipeg’s Mathieu Perreault and proceeded to swing his stick in a chopping motion on the back of Perreault’s helmeted head as the Jets forward fell to the ice.
Scary moment in Flyers/Jets as Radko Gudas slashes Matthieu Perreault in the head. Got five and a game, as you’d expect. pic.twitter.com/ljhY2gDHNL
— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) November 17, 2017
Gudas received a five minute major for slashing and a game misconduct. Perreault sat two minutes for high sticking and later started the Jets’ comeback from a 2-0 deficit with a power play goal at 13:05 of the second period. Winnipeg eventually won the game in a shootout.
In October of 2016 the league suspended Gudas six games for his reckless hit on Boston’s Austin Czarnik. Though ejected from a slew of games for his reckless — and borderline violent — play, and called on to the league’s carpet for disciplinary hearings on several occasions, that suspension was only the second of his NHL career. He also was suspended three games in December of 2015 for a hit to the head of Mika Zibanejad, who then played for the Senators and now for the Rangers.
Should expect a lengthy suspension for #Flyers’ Radko Gudas from @NHLPlayerSafety based on this conversation with George Parros when he was hired: pic.twitter.com/eJDsDkGsr6
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) November 17, 2017
The Flyers already have two rookies playing regularly on the back end — Travis Sanheim and Robert Hagg — and two of their top defenders are third-year pro Shayne Gostisbehere and second-year NHLer Ivan Provorov. Should Gudas be suspended, likely another inexperienced player, Mark Alt — with five NHL games under his belt — would join the young blue line. Veteran Andrew MacDonald is currently shelved with an injury and could return soon. Rookie Samuel Morin, playing in the minor leagues, is an option, too.