Just hours after signing a contract extension with the Minnesota Wild, Marco Scandella may find himself sitting on the sidelines.
Scandella, who inked a five-year, $20 million extension before the Wild’s contest against the St. Louis Blues, was whistled for a two-minute minor for this headshot on Blues winger T.J. Oshie:
The penalty being called a headshot doesn’t bode well for Scandella. Neither does the fact that Oshie, who has averaged nearly 19 minutes a game this season, was far from registering that through three periods. Oshie has had concussion issues recently, so there’s cause for concern after receiving another check to the head.
The case for suspending Scandella: The hit is somewhat reckless and there’s not much effort put into throwing a hit to the body and not simply the head. Scandella extends with the arm through the head, it’s the principle point of contact, and it’s seeming like Oshie is suffering some ill effects simply based on his lack of ice time. If Oshie is sidelined once again, it will come into play in the Department of Player Safety’s decision.
The case against suspending Scandella: The hit wasn’t vicious and, more than anything, seemed reactionary. Scandella had skated by his check and reached for the hit. If Oshie is all right and can continue play after tonight, this could simply result in a fine.
In all likelihood, this will have to result in a suspension because of the point of contact. Regardless of intent, the hit caught Oshie’s head and nothing else.
As of the end of Minnesota’s contest with St. Louis, there has been no word on whether Scandella will receive a call from the Department of Player Safety.