San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane called his three-game suspension for elbowing “ridiculous,” writing in a lengthy Twitter post that the NHL Department of Player Safety is “completely flawed.”
Kane was suspended Saturday for an incident that occurred Friday with Winnipeg Jets defenseman Neal Pionk. He received a minor penalty for the infraction.
“There is a major lack of consistency with NHL Department of Player Safety,” Kane wrote. “A completely FLAWED system in so many ways. From the suspension to appeal rights, it’s baffling to me how we as players agreed to this.”
Kane is considered a repeat offender by the NHL. He has been suspended three times in his career, which includes abusing an official this preseason, and he was fined for elbowing in December. In its video, the NHL said “the dangerous extension of the elbow upward and outward combined with the force of the hit” resulted in the suspension.
The 28-year-old also called out department of player safety head George Parros, saying it’s “ridiculous” the department continues to “pick and choose, who and what they suspend.”
“There have been countless incidents of the same nature through this season and past seasons that have gone unsuspended or fined,” Kane said. “No one person can tell you what is or isn’t a suspension in today’s game, it’s become a complete guess.”
He called for an “outside third party” to make these decisions to “remove the bias” in the department.
“None of it makes any sense,” he said.
Kane will forfeit $112,903.23, which will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund, for the suspension. He has 21 goals and 37 points this season.