New Jersey Devil Cam Janssen received a three-game suspension yesterday for a brutal, blindside hit to the head of Maple Leaf Tomas Kaberle but he'll likely be back playing before his victim.
Kaberle returned to Toronto yesterday after spending the night in a Jersey hospital and he was in the dressing room during the Leafs' game against the Sabres last night.
Janssen took four strides and about two seconds elapsed before the Devils winger slammed his shoulder in to the head of an unsuspecting Kaberle, who then sprawled head first into the boards. Kaberle lay unconscious for more than a minute.
"It's as bad a hit as I've seen in a long, long time, with resulting injury," said Toronto GM John Ferguson. "This was clearly a decision that Mr. Janssen made and he chose to exert maximum force on a player who was unsuspecting, long after the play had passed – clearly an intent to injure." Kaberle has a concussion, back spasms and neck spasms and Ferguson said he is out indefinitely. The guessing is he will be absent for about 10 days.
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