Another night of preseason games, another player leaves with a suspension from NHL chief disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.
A day after Brad Staubitz and James Wisniewski were suspended indefinitely for their actions on Friday, Brad Boyes of the Buffalo Sabres had to face the reaper for his hit on the Maple Leafs' Joe Colborne and left with a two preseason-game suspension. He will be able to return for Buffalo's exhibition game in Germany before the season begins in earnest.
See the objectionable hit for yourself and hear Shanahan's explanation.
As you can see, Boyes nails Colborne with the principal contact of the hit coming near the head, the specific play Shanahan and crew are trying to weed out of the game. There was no penalty called on Boyes during the game, but that doesn't guarantee him no league discipline. This one isn't completely clear cut, but the NHL has shown it will air on the side of caution in these cases.
Having no prior discipline past helped spare Boyes from a tougher suspension.
Soon enough players are going to have to reprogram their brains to avoid these types of hits. These are the new rules of the game and they are not going back.