The Department of Player Safety has some work to do today, as they have announced a hearing for Ottawa Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau. Pageau was involved in an incident last night when he hit Ashton Sautner of Vancouver Canucks from behind. He was given a minor boarding penalty on the play, and Sautner returned to the game.
Pageau, 26, already missed most of this season after suffering an Achilles injury in training camp and now may be forced to sit out another few games. The check was clearly from behind as Sautner tried to collect the puck along the boards, and Pageau took several strides to drive through his opponent. The Senators forward has not faced suspension previously in his career however, and since there was no major injury on the play he should avoid a long punishment.
Still, this is just the latest incident in what has been a nightmare season for the Senators. The team has seen their very best players shipped out of town, and now head into a summer that might bring even more change. Pageau, Mikkel Boedker, Dylan DeMelo, Craig Anderson and Mark Borowiecki are all scheduled to become unrestricted free agents after the 2019-20 season, and without extensions will probably be next on the chopping block.