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NHL Taken Aback By Recent Controversial Move From Star Defenseman

Published November 3, 2023 at 8:36 PM
BY GRAHAM MONTGOMERY
The NHL's department of player safety has come out swinging this year as they have already handed out two four-game suspensions. One to Calgary's Rasmus Andersson, who appealed and lost his case and now another to Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who is also appealing the decision.

McAvoy's Surprising Appeal



Apparently, many in the league's front office were surprised to find out that the Bruins defenseman would be appealing his suspension. The suspension came when McAvoy illegally checked Panther's defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson in the head.

ESPN's Greg Wyshynski reported that the league believed it was a relatively simple case. He also reported that McAvoy is looking for the league to reduce the suspension by at least one game, but points out that Gary Bettman could actually extend the suspension if he thinks it would be appropriate. Perhaps we could see that happen as a deterrent to players appealing in the future.


"Much surprise on NHL side at the appeal. Felt this was a 'cut and dry' illegal check to head ruling. Bettman could uphold the current suspension, reduce it or increase it."

Why McAvoy Is Appealing



According to Capfriendly, McAvoy makes nearly as much in a single game as many people make in a single year. This could explain why McAvoy is trying to get his sentence reduced as much as possible.


That being said, the league upheld Rasmus Andersson's four-game suspension last week and the league office has already stated this case seemed to be rather simple so it would be quite surprising to see the term change as a result of this appeal.

As seen on Insider Reveals the NHL's Reaction to McAvoy's Suspension Appeal
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NHL Taken Aback By Recent Controversial Move From Star Defenseman

Do you agree with the original suspension?

Yes, just right2042.6 %
No, too long919.1 %
No, not long enough1123.4 %
Should not have been suspended at all714.9 %
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