NHL Player Safety Makes A Decision On Evander Kane's Questionable Hit

Published December 9, 2023 at 2:15 PM


The NHL's Department of Player Safety reviewed an incident involving Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane and Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin. On Friday night, Kane delivered a hit that injured Brodin, preventing him from continuing the game.

Mike Russo, a Minnesota Wild insider, reported on Saturday that there will be no supplemental discipline for Kane. Russo's comments suggest that Brodin's lack of effort to protect himself and his shoulder check contributed to the decision not to suspend Kane.

For those who missed it, the uncalled hit on Brodin by Kane that knocked Brodin out of the game and resulted in a penalty to Hartman for going after Kane

No Supplementary Discipline For Evander Kane

This decision is expected to be unpopular among Minnesota fans, especially considering the team's recent improvements under their new head coach, John Hynes.

Brodin has been a key player in this resurgence, contributing significantly to the team's performance. The controversy is further heightened by the fact that Kane didn't receive a penalty for the hit.

Instead, Wild forward Ryan Hartman's retaliation led to a power play for Kane and the Oilers.

Brodin's season performance so far includes participation in 25 games, scoring 1 goal and 8 assists, totaling 9 points, and achieving a +7 plus-minus rating.

The lack of disciplinary action against Kane for the hit on such a pivotal player as Brodin is likely to fuel dissatisfaction among the Minnesota Wild fanbase.
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NHL Player Safety Makes A Decision On Evander Kane's Questionable Hit

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