The Elbow staff
NEW YORK, NY – The NHL has come down hard on Flyers defenceman Radko Gudas.
During a phone hearing this morning with the Department of Player Safety, the blue liner was proactively suspended 20 games for all of the dangerous hits he'll dish out this season.
"In order to save on long-distance phone calls to Philadelphia, we decided that we may as well just administer all of the suspensions in one hit," Stephane Quintal, senior VP of player safety, said. "Pardon the pun."
"The league's phone budget is not large enough to be calling the Flyers every week."
The hearing was initially prompted by Gudas' hit on Boston forward Austin Czarnik, but after checking with Verizon, it was revealed that in order to afford the phone bills, they would need to cut the entire Department of Player Safety.
The suspension will be served in four game blocks, at five separate intervals between October and April.