ESPN's Pierre LeBrun is reporting on his twitter feed that Detroit's young defenseman Brendan Smith will be suspended for the remainder of the preseason plus five regular season games.
Source: Brendan Smith gets rest of pre-season (3 games) plus 5 reg-season games
Smith will have to be on the Wings' active roster in order to serve the 5 game suspension. While he is likely to be sent back to the AHL, this suspension cannot be served in the minors. The AHL will decide whether they will keep Smith out of any games.
For a reminder, here is the hit:
We will update this post with Brendan Shanahan's video explaining the decision when it becomes available.
UPDATE #1 - Chuck Pleiness, RedWingsFrontman
Comments from Babcock on the suspension:
"I thought it was a little extreme to tell you the truth," Babcock said Friday at Joe Louis Arena. "I still believe when you’re a left handed guy, chasing the guy and you put your stick down on the puck, so stick-on-stick, body-on-body, and the guy pulls back he’s got some responsibility in this area as well.
"In saying that, we’re not condoning anyone getting hit in the head with someone’s shoulder or any of that," Babcock added. "They’re a work in progress at the league too trying to figure this all out and how to protect the players. He’s going to learn from this and move on."
“I think some of the plays are no brainiers, suspensions,” Babcock said. “I think the other ones are a little grey. But if I’m in Chicago right now I probably see it a little differently. But I’d like to think not. I’d like to think what’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong. I also think we better not take the onus off the puck carrier.
“I don’t think most players know what’s going on,” Babcock continued. “If it doesn’t affect them they don’t do anything. I think Smith was one of those guys. He never thought this, he’s a puck mover. There appears to me there might be some suspensions of guys that have never been suspended. Then, suddenly you’re a second time offender. That’s the part I don’t like.”
Also of note in the article (which I recommend heading over to read), Ken Holland says Smith will be sent to Grand Rapids to start the season.