Flyers’ Gudas offered in-person hearing after slashing Perreault

Radko Gudas got kicked out of the game after coming down hard on Mathieu Perreault with his stick right to the side of the head.

Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Radko Gudas will meet with the NHL Department of Player Safety for a hearing following a vicious-looking slash to the head of Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault.

The fact that this could be an in-person hearing, as opposed to the typical method of conducting it over the phone, means Gudas could be facing a suspension longer than five games.

Gudas was issued a five-minute major penalty and was booted from Thursday’s game for the infraction. Thankfully, Perrault was not injured on the play.

This is not Gudas’ first brush with controversy, nor is it his first time targeting an opponent’s head. In 2015, he was suspended three games for a headshot on Mika Zibanejad, and received double that for a high hit on Austin Czarnik during a pre-season game in 2016 less than a week after causing a stir for a similar hit on Jimmy Vesey in another pre-season matchup.