Following a hearing today, the Department of Player Safety has decided that New York Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren will not receive any supplementary discipline for his hit on Colorado Avalanche forward Joonas Donskoi last night. Donskoi was knocked out of the game, while Lindgren then fought Nazem Kadri and suffered an injury of his own. The DoPS gave this explanation:
While there was significant head contact on this play, Lindgren took a proper angle of approach, did not extend outward or upward and hit through Donskoi’s core. Therefore, under Rule 48.1 (i), the head contact was determined to be unavoidable.
If an incident warrants a hearing with the league, it almost always results in a suspension for the player involved. Not so for the Rangers’ young defenseman though, who will escape without punishment (other than that which Kadri dealt) and his record intact. That’s important for any future incidents, as this will no longer be held against him.
The question now is whether or not Lindgren and Donskoi will be out for any length of time. The Avalanche did not practice today or give an update on Donskoi, while the Rangers explained yesterday that they believe Lindgren will be okay.