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Player Safety throws the book at first-time offender, delivering outlandish suspension for cross check


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Matt Garland
December 11, 2023  (8:58 PM)
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Detroit Red Wings forward David Perron has officially learned his fate for cross-checking Ottawa Senators defender Artem Zub. The NHL Department of Player Safety announced that Perron has been suspended for six games

The incident occurred at 13:50 of the first period in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators. Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin was laying motionless on the ice after getting punched in the back of the head by Mathieu Joseph and almost simultaneously being crosschecked by Parker Kelly.
Perron reacted by going after Zub, delivering a stiff, reckless crosscheck that sent Zub tumbling to the ice.
Insider Elliotte Friedman reports that if Perron chooses to appeal, he would go first to Commissioner Bettman and then to an independent arbitrator.
The 35-year-old is in the final year of his two-year contract with a cap hit of $4,75M. During his suspension, he will forfeit a staggering $148,437.28 in salary.
This is Perron's first time being suspended in his seventeen seasons in the NHL. During the second round of the 2022 playoffs, Perron was also fined $5,000 for cross-checking then-Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri.
There is very little debate that Perron's actions were reckless but the NHL really threw the book at him on this one.
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Player Safety throws the book at first-time offender, delivering outlandish suspension for cross check

Do you agree with the suspension for David Perron?

Yes, need to make an example out of him24250.9 %
No, way too harsh15733.1 %
It's probably going to be reduced7616 %
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