Defenseman Radim Simek played just 24 seconds for the San Jose Sharks last night.
Simek was trying to break the puck out when Minnesota Wild forward Mason Shaw caught Simek up high while he was trying to forecheck.
Cheap-looking high hit by Mason Shaw on Radim Simek, Simek left the game, will not return pic.twitter.com/rd9RYGR65N
— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) November 14, 2022
“It looks like there is a chicken wing hit to the head,” San Jose Sharks color commentator Drew Remenda said during the broadcast.
“To me, that is really dirty,” former defenseman Scott Hannan said on Sharks Postgame Live. “I don’t think you like to see Shaw make contact in any way.”
Hannan does feel that Shaw did not mean to make contact with Simek up high, but unfortunately, that is where contact is made.
“This is a part of the game that you don’t want in there. He knows the puck is gone, and he could’ve peeled off, but instead, he lunges back and connects only with the head,” Hannan said.
However, according to Michael Russo of the Athletic, the NHL Department of Player Safety will not give Shaw any discipline for the hit.
No NHL discipline coming for #mnwild winger Mason Shaw. His check caused Radim Simek to not return last night.
ICYMI, Shaw’s here to stay. Not returning to Iowa anytime soon as he was delivered the good news that he can move out of the hotel. STORY>>> https://t.co/fGHm425bWN
— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) November 14, 2022
San Jose is practicing this afternoon in Vegas, so we’ll get a Simek update shortly. At the moment, per AHL Transactions, they haven’t called anybody up. It appears, however, that he’s headed to IR:
It appears Radim Simek has been placed on injured reserve. Sharks haven't made a corresponding move as of now.
— Curtis Pashelka (@CurtisPashelka) November 14, 2022
The San Jose Sharks showed some major grit last night by rotating five defensemen after Simek’s departure in a come-from-behind 3-2 shootout win over the Wild.
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