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Video- Jason Spezza Suspended Six Games



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from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

The NHL department of player safety called the hit “reckless and retaliatory” in its video explaining the suspension decision.

While the NHL considered Spezza’s clean track record, it took into account that Pionk was hurt on the play. He has entered concussion protocol, Jets coach Paul Maurice said on Tuesday.

“It’s a play in which (Spezza) is attempting to enact forceful retribution on a player who is in a vulnerable position,” the NHL said. “The onus is on Spezza to ensure the hit is delivered legally.”

The hit on Pionk came not long after the Jets player kneed Leafs defenceman Rasmus Sandin. Pionk was suspended two games by the NHL and Sandin is out for up to three weeks.

Expect Spezza, who will forfeit $22,500, to file an appeal, as is his right. There would be an option for an independent arbitrator if there is not satisfaction with a ruling made by commissioner Gary Bettman.

“We do and always will support him,” Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said about Spezza’s suspension. “He’s going to weigh his options he has in this process. From our perspective, it’s important we press on here.”

more (on the Leafs 5-4 win over Columbus)...

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/08/21 at 03:14 AM ET

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