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The NHL’s Department of Player Safety came down with some swift, er... justice I guess, on Erik Gudbranson

Vancouver Canucks v Boston Bruins Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

With the Canucks back in action tonight. we knew that there would be a decision from the NHL’s DoPS today. And to no one’s surprise, Erik Gudbranson is indeed suspended for tonight’s contest against the Buffalo Sabres. Here’s the hit again in case you missed last night’s debacle.

While I was anticipating at least a pair of games, it’s a punishment and the DoPS gives the impression that they are taking these kinds of plays seriously. Well, they are as long as you don’t take a look at what Zack Kassian did last night.

While they may have a new sheriff in George Parros, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety once again proves that safety is relative to who is doing the hitting, it would seem. What should be a slam dunk has yet to be scheduled for any type of a hearing, and you shouldn’t hold your breath for one either. That’s an extremely dangerous hit, delivered at a speed and intensity far greater than the one that has Gudbranson sitting in the press box tonight. Why is it so hard for them to just punish all the deserving hits instead of having a complex set of rules that defy the explanations given when they do or don’t suspend. It’s frustrating for players and fans alike, and the worst part: not punishing hits like this give others a green light to do the same. It’s going to lead to a severe injury, or worse.

In the meantime, the Canucks have recalled Patrick Wiercoch, and you can expect to see Alex Biega slot in tonight.