Corey Perry figured that he would receive some form of discipline from the NHL for his hit on Minnesota's Jason Zucker and the possibility of him being out of the Ducks' lineup was realistic.
But a four-game suspension? That one didn't enter the winger's mind.
"I think it’s caught a lot of people off guard," Perry said. "It is what it is. We just move on, like I said before. People are going to have their own opinions. Just play it out."
Perry will not only be missing from Thursday night's game against the Dallas Stars but he'll miss contests on Saturday in St. Louis and two next week at home against San Jose and Chicago. He'll return next Friday against Detroit.
After the telephone hearing with NHL senior vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan, Perry prepared himself for the fact that some form of supplementary discipline would be levied.
But when asked if he thought he'd miss any length of time, Perry simply said, "Not where we are."
"You knew when you get a phone call, that there’s probably going to be something," he continued. "I accepted that. He gave me four. That’s all I can say."
Perry held to his belief that he made a strong case. The hit resulted in a five-minute major penalty, a game misconduct and Zucker suffering an upper-body injury that kept him out of the remainder of the game.
Zucker was able to skate with the Wild during their practice Wednesday.
"We made some good points in our defense," Perry said. "We discussed it. We looked through it a bunch of times on the phone call. It’s four games. That’s what he gave me. Like I said, we'll accept it and move on."
Four-game ban catches Ducks' Perry by surprise
Orange County Register | Mar 14