The NHL has suspended Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek for 2 games after a hit he laid on NY Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk during their game on March 9th. He was given a 5 minute major for interference during the game.
Needless to say, this ruling has garnered mixed reaction. While popular opinion seems to come down on the side of “sure it’s a penalty”, the post-game discipline hasn’t sat well with Voracek or anyone else with rooting interest in the Philadelphia Flyers.
Hilarious Laughing Emojis…?
The following tweet was dropped about 10 minutes prior to the announcement of additional discipline by the NHL Department of Player Safety. I wonder how Jake feels about their decision:
The biggest talking point as a result of all of this seems to be the inconsistency in the NHL’s handing down of discipline. One simply has to look back a month to find a prime example of this in the form of Evgeni Malkin.
The Playoff Impact
Perhaps the biggest problem for Philadelphia is the timing of the suspension. Remember when the season was only just beginning and everyone had the same shot at the Stanley Cup? Well, the Flyers are now fighting for a playoff spot. They currently sit on the outside looking in, duking it out for that second wild-card spot. They took care of the Ottawa Senators last night, holding on to win 3-2 without Voracek, who is not allowed to play while appealing his suspension. That appeal will be heard on Tuesday afternoon by commissioner Gary Bettman. This will be another storyline during the run-up to the end of the regular season. Next up for the Flyers are the Washington Capitals on Thursday. Time will tell whether Voracek will take the ice with them or not.
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