San Jose Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart is scheduled to have a hearing today with the NHL Department of Player Safety. The hearing is for an elbow to the head of Rick Nash at 2:32 in the first period that ultimately took the forward out of the game with an ‘undisclosed inury’.
The important thing to note here is that Stuart is being summoned by the NHL on the following grounds: illegal check to the head. The Director of Player Safety, Brendan Shanahan, has been known to be inconsistent when handing out suspensions, so it will be hard to tell what Stuart receives. If Stuart does receive a suspension, it would be the first one handed out this season in the NHL.
Stuart initially received a two-minute minor for the penalty which entually led to a Rangers power play goal. Nash did look a little woozy skating back to his bench immediately following the hit but looked fine at first and played a few shifts. Howeer,once the teams went into the locker rooms for the first intermission, the Rangers forward did not return to the game.
After the game Nash said to reporters, “I have a headache. It got worse. It was a head shot. I’m concerned about the way it feels…You’re concerned any time there’s a head shot.”