Ryan Garbutt slew-foots his way to a three-game suspension

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Ryan Garbutt slew-foots his way to a three-game suspension
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It takes quite incredible strength to knock down the 6-foot-5, 260-pound Dustin Byfuglien legally -- especially if you're the 6-foot, 195-pound Ryan Garbutt. Hence why Garbutt had to slew-foot Byfuglien on Tuesday night in a 5-2 Dallas loss to Winnipeg, and also why Garbutt has been suspended three games. 

The video please:

First, the Department of Player Safety saying that Garbutt, a repeat offender, “kicks and drives with such force that he lifts the much larger Byfuglien completely off his feet, causing him to slam dangerously to the ice on his back" was putting it in the nicest way possible that 'no way this smaller dude could knock this bigger dude down legally.'

Just by looking at the video, and Garbutt's past of two other suspensions (one of which coming earlier this season) and a fine, it's a clear call by the NHL that Garbutt should be suspended, even though he was just given a minor on the play and Byfuglien wasn't hurt. 

It's just simply isn't a legal way to gain body position. The play was dangerous, and even though Byfuglien is a big man, there are more legal ways to get around him. 

According to CapGeek's suspension tracker, this is the first suspension for slew-footing since the beginning of the Brendan Shanahan/Stephane Quintal DoPS era. Woohoo, a new precedent! But one that probably needed to be made. 

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