Radko Gudas is facing a suspension of at least five games to start the regular season.
The Flyers' defenseman was offered an in-person hearing by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Sunday and declined.
Instead, Gudas will accept a telephone call on Monday.
Whenever a player is offered a chance to defend himself in New York, it means he is facing a suspension of at least five games.
This further complicates an already complicated situation for the Flyers in filing their final roster on the back end, especially given Michael Del Zotto’s knee injury (out 4-5 weeks) and Brandon Manning, who still has not been cleared to return to the team from a shoulder injury.
Gudas received a boarding minor Saturday for a high, late hit to Boston rookie Austin Czarnik along the sideboards during the Flyers’ final exhibition game.
Czarnik left the game and did not return. The Bruins won, 1-0, in overtime.
This was the second time in the same week Gudas had been involved in a questionable hit. He avoided an earlier suspension with a borderline hit on the Rangers’ Jimmy Vesey in a previous exhibition game.
Gudas served a three-game suspension last season. As a repeat offender, he was likely going to get more games on his next suspension, anyway.
It’s likely the Flyers will make a roster move Wednesday to shore up their defense. Rosters are due at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. The Flyers open their season Friday night in Los Angeles.
The Flyers also waived Jordan Weal with the intention of assigning him to the Phantoms. This may not be final for Weal given the roster will change again after Tuesday when Michael Del Zotto is expected to be placed on LTIR (long-term injured reserve).