The NHL's Wheel of Discipline spun and spun, ultimately deciding that Brad Marchand deserved to be suspended for what it deemed a slew foot on Oliver Ekman-Larsson last night.
The league hit Marchand with a three-game ban, his first since early 2018.
In its explanation video, the league cites Marchand's use of both his upper and lower body to knock Ekman-Larsson to the ice in a "dangerous fashion" and the speed at which they're heading toward the boards.
The league also cites Marchand's "relevant history" as a factor in the suspension, and while he's not technically considered a repeat offender for fine purposes, the league can consider background for suspensions.
I'm a bit surprised at the length of the suspension, to be honest.
I thought a game would have been more likely, with a fine being appropriate too.
Interestingly, the league decided multiple fines were enough for PK Subban, who has already been hit multiple times this season for what it called a "dangerous trip" and "tripping."
Wheel of Discipline, etc.