Sunday, March 10, 2019
Two Games for Voracek
A couple of suspensions highlight the news off the ice in the NHL on Sunday night, the first being assessed to Jakub Voracek for his high hit on Johnny Boychuk in the game between the Flyers and the Islanders on Saturday. Voracek was assessed a major penalty for his interefering hit on Boychuk in the game and in the video below, the NHL Department of Player Safety outlines the reasons why such a hit was deemed to be worthy of a suspension.
With the Flyers thick in the Eastern Conference playoff race, this will be a tough loss for the team, who hosts Ottawa on Monday night and hosts Washington on Thursday night. Voracek will not be eligible to return until Friday night's game in Toronto.
The veteran forward has been having a good 2019 campaign, scoring 18 goals and 61 points in 66 games this season, which has him firmly in the top 75 in pool scoring this year, well worthy of a 3rd round pick, if we were to redo the draft today. This sort of offense will be impossible to replace and the team's next two games will be critical, as they stand 5 points out of a playoff spot at the start of play on Sunday night.
For Derek B., however, he's got the rookie money all tied up and Voracek isn't a part of that race at all, so it really doesn't bother his side too much. His team is awfully close to last place though, which meant it was a solid tank job on his part for the mini-game money.