Updated: 10:43 p.m.
Radko Gudas has done it again.
The burly Czech defenseman buried Rangers rookie forward Jimmy Vesey from behind into the corner boards during the first period of Monday’s game against the Rangers.
Vesey was in a vulnerable position going for a puck bent over when Gudas plowed into him from behind with a dangerous check to the head and neck area.
"I look at the play and it's such a hard play for a defenseman," Hakstol said after the Flyers' 4-3 overtime win over New York. "You're going in with full momentum. A player holds, pulls up, slows up, turns, it's a very difficult situation for a defenseman in that situation."
Gudas was given a given a five-minute major for boarding, a five-major for fighting Dylan McIlrath and game misconduct at 19:37 of the first period.
Given Gudas’ penchant for dangerous hits, plus his three-game suspension last season, it’s entirely possible he gets slapped with a suspension that could carry over to the start of the season. Vesey did return to play, which will be factored into any decision the Department of Player Safety makes.
The Flyers have two preseason games remaining and open the regular season on Oct. 14 in Los Angeles.
Brayden Schenn will miss the first three games of the season, serving a suspension handed to him for a hit on T.J. Oshie during the Flyers' playoff series against Washington last spring.
This could have a negative impact on the Flyers' roster because suspended players count against the roster limit. General manager Ron Hextall said last week the team will carry the maximum of 23 players.
If Gudas is suspended that means the Flyers' available roster would be just 21 players (19 skaters) to start the season.
The trickle-down effect could insure Brandon Manning’s spot in the lineup or perhaps give some extra time here to Sam Morin.
Ivan Provorov? Well, the Russian rookie was going to make the roster, anyway. A Gudas suspension would only cement his position here.