Let’s make it right.
The National Hockey League Players’ Association is appealing Jake Voracek’s two-game suspension, according to multiple reports.
Dave Isaac first reported the appeal earlier on Monday.
Hearing that the NHLPA has filed an appeal for Jake Voracek’s two-game suspension. Not sure when the hearing with Gary Bettman will be, probably not in time for tonight’s game, but perhaps in time for him to play Thursday against the Capitals.
— Dave Isaac (@davegisaac) March 11, 2019
And Chris Johnston reported that the NHLPA is filing an “expedited hearing” for the appeal.
The NHLPA requested an expedited hearing in its appeal of Jakub Voracek's two-game suspension. The #flyers play tonight and Thursday.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 11, 2019
UPDATE: John Shannon reported Monday evening that the appeal hearing will be held on Tuesday afternoon.
Jake Voracek’s appeal of his 2 game suspension will be heard by Gary Bettman tomorrow afternoon in NYC.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) March 11, 2019
Voracek’s appeal wasn’t heard prior to the Flyers’ game against the Senators on Monday night, the first game of his suspension, and that didn’t come as a surprise. The Flyers got the win, however, and moved three points back of the Columbus Blue Jackets as well.
However, reducing the suspension to one game could be a possibility. That would allow Voracek to return to action for Thursday’s game against the Washington Capitals.
That seems like the best course of action. Voracek should have been given a game misconduct since an injury occurred on a major penalty and a one-game suspension could be okay in lieu of that. The two-game suspension is a joke and the league can make it right by reducing it to one game.
Thursday’s game will be crucial for the Flyers. Every point matters and having every player available is huge, especially a player like Voracek. He may have mainly made headlines for his reverse-hit interference, but he stayed hot with two primary assists in the 5-2 win against the Islanders.