New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The National Hockey League handed down a
three-game suspension to San Jose Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart on Wednesday.
Stuart was given a minor penalty for elbowing Rangers forward Rick Nash in the
first period of an eventual 9-2 San Jose victory on Tuesday night. Nash left
the contest and did not return.
"Although he has made himself vulnerable to the oncoming check, he (Nash) is
not carrying his head in a lowered position, nor does he move in a way which
significantly contributes to his head being hit," explained NHL director of
player safety Brendan Shanahan in a video description of the incident.
"He (Stuart) delivers the hit well within the allowable time frame and he does
not extend his elbow or forearm. However, Stuart, who is two inches shorter
than Nash, unnecessarily launches the left side of his body upward, in a way
that makes Nash's head the main point of contact and causing an injury."
The 33-year-old, who has never before been fined or suspended for any on-ice
action, will forfeit $55,384.62 in salary which is automatically deposited
into the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
He will not be eligible to return until the Sharks play in Dallas on Oct. 17,
missing out on games against the Canucks, Senators and Blues.
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