Was Evander Kane’s one-match suspension imposed on Nazem Kadri? – Denver Post

Kiz: Evander Kane. Rhymes with stain. One cheap shot at a time, he established himself as the No. 1 enemy of hockey in Colorado. Kane took a run from Nazem Kadri in Game 3 and knocked out the Avalanche center in this playoff series between Colorado and Edmonton. The NHL responded by granting Kane a one-game suspension. Did the punishment fit the crime? Most Avs fans would scream, “Oh, no!” (Perhaps using saltier language.) What do you say, my friend?

Bedrooms: The NHL’s Department of Player Safety compared this blow to others in the playoffs and imposed the same discipline – a short suspension or a fine. But Kadri was injured (broken right thumb, we’re pretty sure) and will probably miss the rest of the series. He’s back in Denver for further evaluation. It looks like if it was Kadri who landed that hit, he would be suspended for at least five games. I was surprised by the one game ban and I think it should have been at least two or the rest of this series.

Kiz: You and I have been on the Stanley Cup road with the Avalanche longer than almost any reporter in Denver. And I think living the long history of hockey is very instructive in this particular case. In 1996, when AVS forward Claude Lemieux smashed the face of Detroit’s Kris Draper with a nasty move that sparked a blood feud, the league office deemed it a cheap and premeditated move. Lemieux received a two-game suspension. What Kane did to Kadri was wrong. But it wasn’t as vicious as the chaos created by Lemieux at the time.

Bedrooms: Kane’s hit on Kadri will linger. If there’s a Game 5 on Wednesday, it could get ugly at Ball Arena. But Av coach Jared Bednar and his team won’t let it get too messy. They want to wrap up the series and move on to the club’s first Stanley Cup Finals since 2001. The Colorado-Detroit rivalry was an annual affair — with both clubs in cut or bust mode every season during that time. Gasoline was continuously thrown on the fire. There was no forgetting. But both Kadri and Kane are pending unrestricted free agents. The Avs likely won’t be able to afford Kadri, who is in line to get a big raise to his $4.5 million cap. Same with Kane and the Oilers, who signed the struggling player to a modest deal after he was bought out in January by the Sharks.

Kiz: Blind outrage and blind partisanship is the currency of social media, but I never believed Kane would ever get more than two games. So I’m just glad the league didn’t completely let him down. You know what I find most fascinating about this whole mess? Long recognized as one of the dirtiest players in the NHL, Kadri has worked hard to change his on-ice demeanor for the better and has taken some brutal beatings in these playoffs. Critics might call it karma. I call it incredible growth, personally and professionally, by Kadri.

Bedrooms: Kadri has become a star for the Avalanche — on the ice and in the community. I, too, recognize his growth since his eight-game suspension for a hit against Blues defenseman Justin Faulk in the playoffs last year. He saw how that suspension hurt the Avs in the second round against Vegas and he vowed not to let that happen the rest of his tenure with the club. Kadri took a beating in the playoffs. He never deserved it in the second round this year against the Blues. This anger goes back to last year. The resulting racism was unfortunate, but reminded us of how we can never allow this to win.

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