TSN’s Darren Dreger was among the first to Tweet about the decision.
The hit on Backstrom occurred seven minutes into last night’s game, where he was given a two-minute goaltender interference penalty. Later in the game, Kadri received a match penalty for hitting Wild forward Mikael Granlund in the head.
The Department of Player Safety suspension explanation video can be seen below, including Kadri acknowledging he could have done more to prevent the incident from happening.
We also have video of the match penalty on Granlund.
Kadri is a first-time offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, meaning he will forfeit $44,615.40 in salary during his suspension ((3 games / 195 days in regular season) * $2,900,000 salary).
Kadri is the already 12th player to be suspended this season, and all have come from either an illegal check, whether it’s classified as a hit to the head, boarding, charging, or elbowing.
The other players on the list include:
- Brad Stuart, San Jose Sharks (Oct. 9, check to the head – three games)
- Alexander Edler, Vancouver Canucks (Oct. 10, check to the head – three games)
- Patrick Kaleta, Buffalo Sabres (Oct. 15, check to the head – 10 games)
- Maxim Lapierre, St. Louis Blues (Oct. 18, boarding – five games)
- Cody McLeod, Colorado Avalanche (Oct. 21, boarding – five games)
- Michael Grabner, New York Islanders (Oct. 21, check to the head – two games)
- Ryan Garbutt, Dallas Stars (Oct. 23, charging – five games)
- Martin Hanzal, Phoenix Coyotes (Oct. 28, boarding – two games)
- John Scott, Buffalo Sabres (Oct. 31, check to the head – seven games)
- Carter Ashton, Toronto Maple Leafs (Nov. 1, boarding – two games)
- Jesse Winchester, Florida Panthers (Nov. 8, elbowing – three games)
In total, the 12 players suspended in the regular season have lost a total of 50 games and forfeited $653,950.24 in salary.
Kadri will be eligible to return to the Maple Leafs lineup on Nov. 21 at home against the Nashville Predators.