Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri has been offered an in-person hearing by the NHL Department of Player Safety following a major penalty assessed Saturday in Game 2 of a first-round playoff series against the Boston Bruins.
That's a signal that Kadri, 28, could be facing a long suspension.
With 5:57 left in the game, which the Bruins won 4-1, Kadri was penalized for cross-checking Boston forward Jake DeBrusk.
The best-of-7 playoff series is tied at 1. Game 3 is scheduled for Monday in Toronto.
The date and time of a potential hearing has not been announced.
According to the NHL.com, the NHL/NHLPA collective bargaining agreement calls for a player to be offered an in-person hearing if he faces a suspension of six games or more.
In 2018, Kadri was suspended three games for boarding Bruins forward Tommy Wingels in Game 1 of a first-round series.
A 10-year NHL veteran, all with Toronto, Kadri has been suspended four times in his career.
During the regular season, he played in 73 games and scored 44 points (16 goals, 28 assists). In the first two games of this playoff series, he has one goal and one assist.
--Field Level Media