San Jose Sharks winger Evander Kane took to social media Saturday to tear into the NHL’s Division of Participant Security and its chief, George Parros, shortly after the league suspended him for 3 video games for elbowing Winnipeg Jets defenseman Neal Pionk within the head.
“The actual fact the NHL Division of Participant Security headed by George Parros proceed to select and select who and what they droop is ridiculous!,” Kane tweeted in a statement. “There have been numerous incidents of the identical nature by way of this season and previous seasons which have gone unsuspended for fined. Nobody individual can let you know what’s or isn’t a suspension in right this moment’s sport, it’s grow to be an entire guess.
“There’s a main lack of consistency with the NHL Division of Participant Security. A totally FLAWED system in so some ways. From the suspensions to the enchantment rights, it’s baffling to me how we as gamers agreed to this.
“You’ll be able to’t proceed to present some gamers a move and throw the ebook at others. There must be an outdoor third social gathering making these choices to take away the bias that transpires on this division headed by George Parros. None of it makes any sense.”
Kane additionally tweeted a video that confirmed Arizona’s Lawson Crouse elbowing Boston’s Charlie McAvoy within the head, the place Lawson was penalized however not fined or suspended. Kane tweeted, “However this doesn’t get something?? Inform me what this distinction is please!”
However this doesn’t get something?? Inform me what this distinction is please! https://t.co/MSw50eIENa
— Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) February 15, 2020
Kane was suspended at first of the season for 3 video games for bodily abuse of officers, and was due to this fact thought of a repeat offender. On Dec. 4, Kane was fined $5,000, the utmost allowable underneath the collective bargaining settlement, for elbowing defenseman Radko Gudas in a sport with the Washington Capitals
Kane, the Sharks’ main scorer this season with 21 objectives, will miss Saturday’s sport with the Minnesota Wild, Monday’s residence sport with the Florida Panthers and Thursday’s highway sport with the New Jersey Devils. Primarily based on his common annual wage of $7 million, Kane will forfeit $112,903.23.
Within the third interval of Friday’s sport between the Sharks and Jets in Winnipeg, Kane was given a two-minute elbowing penalty on the 13:17 mark of the third interval.
Pionk was within the nook to the correct of the Jets web and had simply launched the puck behind him when Kane’s proper elbow made contact together with his head towards the glass on the 13:02 mark.
In response to the NHL’s clarification video, Kane, after Pionk launched the puck, “raises his arm, extends his elbow and drives it with power into Pionk’s head, knocking Pionk to the ice.”
The NHL famous that Kane, “doesn’t maintain his arm near his chest to ship a full physique hit, however as a substitute raises his arm up and away from his core and immediately into Pionk’s head. It’s also essential to notice that Kane is answerable for this hit always.”
The league acknowledged that Pionk slows his momentum to regulate the puck, however mentioned that it was “Kane’s selection to increase his elbow each up and out considerably, driving it into Pionk’s head. What causes this hit to rise to the extent of supplemental self-discipline is the damaging extension of the elbow upward and outward, mixed with the power of the hit.”
Kane was suspended for 3 video games Oct. 1, a day earlier than the season opener, for bodily abuse of officers in a Sept. 29 preseason sport with the Vegas Golden Knights. He additionally forfeited $112,903.23 in wage.
The announcement of Kane’s suspension got here shortly after the Sharks disclosed that defenseman Erik Karlsson would miss the remainder of the season with a damaged thumb in his left hand. Karlsson leads the workforce with 40 factors in 56 video games.
The Sharks have been already with out its high two facilities — Logan Couture (fractured left ankle) and Tomas Hertl (torn knee ligaments).
“We’ve performed a good job of battling by way of that adversity and competing exhausting and sticking collectively as a workforce,” interim coach Bob Boughner mentioned Saturday earlier than the NHL handed out its suspension.
On Dec. 4, Kane was fined $5,000, the utmost allowable underneath the collective bargaining settlement, for elbowing defenseman Radko Gudas in a sport with the Washington Capitals the night time earlier than.
Antti Suomela will draw into the Sharks’ lineup for Saturday’s sport. Kane had been enjoying on the Sharks’ high line with Barclay Goodrow and Patrick Marleau. Stefan Noesen will begin Saturday’s sport in Kane’s spot.
Kane is fourth on the Sharks this season with 37 factors in 54 video games. He has a team-high 110 penalty minutes this 12 months, and leads all forwards in common time on ice with 19 minutes and 40 seconds per sport.
The Sharks entered Saturday in 13th place within the Western Convention standings, 10 factors again of the Arizona Coyotes for the second wild card spot. Their 3-2 victory over the Jets on Friday was their third right away from residence.
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