The NHL Department of Player Safety held a hearing with Ryan Reaves today regarding his hit on Tennyson Monday night during the Blues game against the Sharks. Reaves hit Tennyson as the Shark's player just finished playing the puck and was facing the glass with his back to the play. The hit to Tennyson's shoulder drove his head into the glass and he crumpled, bleeding on the ice. He was, however, able to get up and leave the ice with assistance after a couple of minutes.
DPS cites three factors that led to their decision to suspend Reaves for three games:
- Tennyson was not eligible for a check (i.e. it was a boarding call).
- Reaves had plenty of opportunity to avoid hitting Tennyson or at least minimizing the force.
- Reaves had been previously fined once in his career.
Reaves will sit out Thursday against Rangers, and then miss both road games against Nashville and Carolina. According to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch, Reaves will be forfeiting just over $18,000 in salary which is contributed to the NHL players' emergency fund.