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OTF: Gudas suspended 10 games by NHL

Department of Player Safety hands down verdict on Flyers defenseman

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

The National Hockey League's department of player safety announced that they have suspended Flyers defenseman, Radko Gudas, for 10 games as a result of his penalty against Jets' forward Mathieu Perreault in the club's Nov. 16 game at Winnipeg.

From the NHL Press Release:

The incident occurred at 9:50 of the first period. Gudas was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for slashing. Gudas is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video, CLICK HERE.

He has appeared in 17 games for the Flyers this season, recording two assists and averaging 15:29 of ice time, while ranking second on the team with 38 hits and third with 23 blocked shots.

The League's Dept. of Player Safety announced at 11 a.m. on Friday that Gudas was offered an in-person hearing prior to the suspension decision. Gudas waived his right to an in-person hearing and had a phone hearing on Sunday. He missed yesterday's game vs. Calgary while waiting for the phone hearing. 

Gudas has been suspended twice before as a Flyer. Receiving a three-game suspension on Dec. 2, 2015 for an illegal check to the head in a 4-2 Flyers win at Ottawa on Dec. 1. He was also suspended six games on Oct. 10, 2016 for a hit he was called for interference on in the Flyers' 1-0 overtime loss on Oct. 8 to the Bruins in the club's final preseason game.

The Flyers face a back-to-back schedule up next, first taking on the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center, then traveling to Brooklyn to take on the Islanders on Wednesday.

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