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Former Leaf offered a hearing with the Department of Player Safety following blatant head shot; suspension incoming


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Mike Armenti
November 12, 2022  (11:05)
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During last night's meeting between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Washington Capitals, former Leafs winger Nicolas Aube-Kubel threw was amounts to one of the dirtiest hits of the season in open ice on Bolts defender Cal Foote.

The play occurred at the start of the second period, as Foote was skating up the middle of the ice with the puck, attempting to gain the zone, when Aube-Kubel came flying in from the wing and clipped Foote high, with the head being the principle point of contact.
Per the NHL's Department of Player Safety, Aube-Kubel will have a hearing with the league today. Given the fact that Aube-Kubel has no history of suspension, the league is likely to go light on him, as they did with both Josh Anderson and Juraj Slafkovsky - both of whom got two games for very dangerous boarding plays.
In Slafkovsky's case, his hit caused a serious injury to Detroit's Matt Luff, who is expected to miss 3 months of action. We don't yet know the extent of the damage to Foote, who played just over 5 minutes in the contest and did not return after the hit, but a hit to the head like that could have easily resulted in a concussion.
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Former Leaf offered a hearing with the Department of Player Safety following blatant head shot; suspension incoming

How many games will Aube-Kubel get for his illegal check to the head of Cal Foote?

1-2 games3730.8 %
3-4 games6251.7 %
5+ games2117.5 %
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