Gudas (suspension) has served out his 10-game ban and is available for Tuesday's clash with Toronto. Gudas was given his suspension for a retaliatory slash to the head of Winnipeg's Mathieu Perreault . Factoring in the blueliner's history, the league came down hard with the length of the ban. The 27-year-old is a near lock to return to the lineup in favor of Travis Sanheim or Mark Alt.
Gudas was assessed a 10-game suspension for slashing Mathieu Perreault of the Jets in the head last Thursday. After Perreault cross-checked Gudas several times, Gudas hooked Perreault's skate, causing him to fall to the ice. Then, as the forward was tumbling down, Gudas proceeded to slash Perreault in the back of his head with both hands on the stick. The lengthy suspension is also due to Gudas' history, as he was suspended for six games in 2016 and three in 2015. Since he already missed Saturday's tilt against Calgary, the 27-year-old can return on Dec. 12 against Toronto.
Gudas will have a phone hearing Saturday for slashing Jets forward Matthieu Perreault on the head in Thursday night's contest. Philadelphia's resident bad boy reportedly waived his right to an in-person hearing, so that means the ruling will need to take place over the phone. In order for a player to even be offered an in-person hearing, the league must feel that his suspension could potentially last five games or more. Gudas is technically suspended until the hearing takes place and an official determination can be made on how long he'll be forced to sit out.
Gudas won't be eligible to play until his hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety has occurred, John Shannon of Sportsnet reports. The Flyers will take on the Flames on Saturday afternoon, so it's safe to assume Gudas won't be available for that contest. The 27-year-old blueliner will likely have his hearing prior to Tuesday's matchup with Vancouver, and the league should release an official statement regarding any further discipline ahead of that game.
Gudas received a five-minute major and game misconduct for a slash to the head of Winnipeg's Mathieu Perreault on Thursday. Gudas' ejection came halfway through the first period of Thursday's matchup with the Jets. As a result, the defenseman saw just 2:33 of ice time and recorded 15 PIM and three hits. Considering the league's focus on both head contact and slashing, one has to wonder if the 27-year-old will face additional discipline from the league.
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