As expected by everyone, including his own head coach, it was announced this morning that Carolina Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu(notes) has been suspended by the NHL for three games after his hit from behind on Colorado's Darcy Tucker(notes). 'Canes head coach Paul Maurice broke the news as his team prepared for tonight's game in Minnesota against the Wild.
Ruutu will also miss Carolina's two games next week against St. Louis and Philadelphia.
The Denver Post's Adrian Dater blogged after the game that he was told by Avalanche personnel that Tucker suffered a concussion and needed stitches, a better diagnosis than the initial fears as soon as the play happened. He stayed the night at a local hospital for tests, including a CT scan that was negative.
Take a look at the hit again. Is the suspension too much, too little, just right?
UPDATE: Via Twitter, TSN's Darren Dreger reports that Tucker received 40 stitches and will likely be out for the next 10 days.
- Paul Maurice