Update, 6:58 p.m.: Jets forward Zach Bogosian will not be suspended or fined for his hit on the Capitals’ Cody Eakin, according to NHL spokesman John Dellapina.
Original post: Winnipeg Jets forward Zach Bogosian had a hearing with Brendan Shanahan this afternoon to determine whether he will receive any supplementary discipline for a hit against the Capitals’ Cody Eakin.
At the midway point of the second period of Wednesday night’s 4-3 overtime win over Winnipeg, Bogosian laid a blindside hit on the rookie forward, whose head was the principle point of contact. Those two traits — the head as the main point of contact and coming from the blind side — increase the odds that Bogosian will face some type of punishment.
The ruling on Bogosian’s hit will not be announced until Friday, according to a league spokesman. Check out the video of the hit below .
The good news is Eakin, 20, is no worse for wear and took part in practice on Thursday at KCI.
“No headaches or anything, definitely not a concussion,” said Eakin, who finished out the game skating five more shifts. “I was buzzing a little bit after, but I don’t think the impact was too, too solid.”
Coach Bruce Boudreau said he didn’t notice the hit initially because Eakin shook off the hit and got back up and into the play.
“I didn’t notice it quite frankly until I watched this morning,” Boudreau said. “He did make contact with the head but I don’t know what they’re going to call. I’m glad Cody’s okay, that’s the biggest thing.”
Some other quick notes from Thursday’s practice:
●Mike Green did not skate. Friday will mark two weeks since the defenseman suffered a strained right groin muscle on Nov. 11 against the New Jersey Devils and there is still no timetable for him to be back on the ice.
Boudreau said Green’s injury is not a threat to his returning to action this season.
●John Erskine, who missed the past two games after falling on his surgically repaired left shoulder, took part in the practice but he didn’t sound too optimistic when asked if he would be ready for Friday’s game against the Rangers.
●Asked if Joel Ward will be back in the lineup Friday, Boudreau said “Absolutely.” Ward was scratched on Wednesday because he overslept and missed a team meeting earlier in the week.