David Perron cross checking Artem Zub.
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NHLPA takes legal action on behalf of David Perron

Published December 31, 2023 at 8:09
Late last night, news broke that the NHLPA will be pursuing an appeal with an independent arbitrator on David Perron's recent six-game suspension. The news was broken straight from Perron's agent Allan Walsh.

In the play Perron was suspended for, he was going to defend his fallen captain by grabbing an opposing player and starting a scrum. Instead, Perron went too far, and clearly landed a hard cross-check to the face of Senators' defenceman Artem Zub.

The play was dirty and does necessitate a suspension, however six games seems a little too severe. Especially when suspensions are supposed to take into account player history, Perron has played over 1100 NHL games without a suspension. To Perron and his agent, and many NHL fans, giving him a six-game suspension for that play given his history is way too harsh. Looking at similar suspensions as well, others have been suspended for less games for the same play.

The NHLPA and David Perron have already appealed the suspension to commissioner Gary Bettman, who upheld the decision from the Department of Player Safety. Now, they will be heard by the independent arbitrator, who has a record of reducing suspensions even after the commissioner has upheld them. Perron has already served the suspension, so he can't get the games played back, but he will get salary returned to him.
December 31   |   323 answers
NHLPA takes legal action on behalf of David Perron

What should have been the suspension?

2 games or less11736.2 %
3 games6118.9 %
4 games4012.4 %
5+ games10532.5 %
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