During November 13th's game against Minnesota, San Jose Sharks defenceman Radim Simek
was hit in the head by Wild forward Mason Shaw and suffered a concussion.
Shaw did not receive a penalty on the play for the hit and upon review the next day, the NHL Department of Player Safety deemed that no supplemental discipline was needed.
Simek was placed on injured reserve and after Monday's tilt with Ottawa, will have missed four games. He skated on Monday morning and there's a chance the 30-year-old will be able to return to the lineup on Wednesday against the Seattle Kraken.
After Monday's morning skate, Simek was asked about the hit and said he wasn't happy that the NHL didn't do anything and called the hit dirty.
"(Shaw) had a chance to hit my body but he didn't even try to hit my body. He went through my head," Simek told Curtis Pashelka of The Mercury News. "I think it was a dirty, dirty play. So I was really (upset by it). But I have to change now. I have to just practice and be ready for another game. That's all I can do."
He added, "(My chest) was open for (Shaw) and he could hit my body, you know? If he hit my body, I (would be) OK, because it would have been a clean hit. But he went just for my head and to me, it was a dirty hit."
The Sharks will face the Minnesota Wild two more times this season, with the next meeting coming on December 22nd. It'll be interesting to see if Simek will seek retribution for the hit and drop the gloves with Shaw.Source: Curtis Pashelka - The Mercury News