The Rangers won’t have Andre Deveaux in their lineup Friday afternoon against the Capitals, based on a bad thing he did to ex-Caps forward Tomas Fleischmann on Wednesday night.
Deveaux was suspended by the NHL three games for his illegal hit to Fleischmann’s head, something senior VP of player safety Brendan Shanahan explained in a video released Friday.
“As Fleischmann is about to go past him, Deveaux sticks out his left leg while at the same time flaring his left elbow. Deveaux’s elbow catches Fleischmann in the jaw, making his head the principle point of contact,” Shanahan said. “Despite the fact that Deveaux conceded this was a dangerous reflex and instinct, when we looked at all the evidence surrounding the play, we agreed with his assertion that there was no malicious intent.
“Regardless, the head was the principle point of contact, and the reckless targeting was evident due to the fact that Deveaux had to extend considerably to make such contact.”
Fleischmann not being injured on the play, and Deveaux’s lack of criminal record with the NHL as far as supplemental discipline played a part in the decision, according to Shanahan.
Shanahan ruled Thursday after a hearing that Winnipeg Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian would not be suspended or fined for his apparent elbow to the head of Caps forward Cody Eakin.
Here’s Shanahan’s video: