The Maple Leafs’ Nazem Kadri could be facing a fine or suspension for a throat-slash gesture he made Tuesday night towards Flames defenseman Mark Giordano. Kadri said he was “furious” after what he perceived to be a dirty hit from Giordano.
Kadri was carrying the puck into the Flames’ zone late in the first period and put his head down while protecting it. Giordano, seeing a chance to deliver a check to Kadri, laid into him with his shoulder and dropped Kadri to the ice. Kadri skated to the bench immediately following the hit and showed his frustration by slamming the bench door, yelling at the officials about what he believed to be a dirty hit and aiming a threat at Giordano:
Kadri said the gesture was an emotional reaction and nothing more, adding that he was “in and out” after being laid out by Giordano.
“Emotionally, I was pretty frustrated after that hit,” Kadri said post-game. “I’m not sure if it was a clean hit or not. I’ve been told it was, but it certainly didn’t feel like that at the time. Felt like I got that right in the head. I was furious after the hit.”
Kadri didn’t see the ice again for the remaining 1:23 of the first period, and by the time the second period had rolled around, cooler heads had prevailed. Kadri got a small piece of retribution — he threw a check on Giordano in the third period — but he didn’t go out of his way to make good on his gesture to the Flames blueliner.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the league is reviewing Kadri’s gesture, and he could face either a fine or suspension should it be deemed worthy of supplemental discipline. Should Kadri be suspended for the gesture, it’s unlikely to be more than a one-game ban, similar to what then-Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Boynton got for a similar gesture in 2010.
UPDATE: Kadri has been fined $5,000 for “inappropriate gestures” aimed at Giordano, per the NHL. Its the maximum allowable fine under the CBA, and the money will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.