After his illegal check to the head of Rangers’ Rick Nash on Tuesday, San Jose’s Brad Stuart has been suspended for three games. NHL’s Department of Player Safety ultimately made the decision to suspend Stuart.
When he got hit in the head in the first period against the Sharks, Nash knew something was wrong. Initially, he complained of a “headache” after the hi, and did not return.
In an article on ESPN, Nash said,
It just didn’t feel right, any time you get a head shot, you’re concerned. It’s not a good feeling.
Due to the NHL’s new collective bargaining agreement, Stuart will have to give up over $55,000. His suspension will be finished on October 17, when he can play next.
According to the article,
Although Stuart has “no applicable history,” according to a video released by the Department of Player Safety, the Sharks veteran “unnecessarily extends the left side of his body upward — specifically his left shoulder — in a way that makes Nash’s head the main point of contact, causing an injury.
Some people are shocked that for a first-time offender, Stuart will get a three game suspension; others are happy. The hit was not clean, and it seemed, according to the video, that Stuart went out of his way to hit Nash.