Vancouver Canucks fans have always known Alex Burrows as a player who doesn’t always play between the boundaries set by the league's player safety department.
After all, as much as Vancouverites appreciated it at the time, this is a guy who would routinely get under opponents' skin, and was even accused of biting the Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron.
It might be surprising to hear, then, that Burrows has only been suspended once before, for this hit on Alexei Emelin.
Burr got three games for that late, targeted hit, and he's also been fined four times, including once for accusing referee Stephane Auger of being out to get him. So, yeah, it's not like the league is a huge fan of his past work.
Those previous transgressions will be considered by the league when reviewing his latest misdemeanour, an attack on New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall.
After the game, Hall accused Burrows of "losing his mind".
Burrows was offered an in-person hearing for the incident, but declined. It means that he'll have a telephone hearing this afternoon and can be suspended for more than five games.
We expect the league to come down pretty harshly here. While he's not technically considered a "repeat offender" by the league, given that his previous suspension didn't occur in the last 18 months, the league is still allowed to take past suspensions into consideration when reviewing a possible ban.
It wouldn't be surprising to see Burrows get in the neighbourhood of 10 games for what was a targeted, vicious attack of a fellow player and could easily have resulted in serious injury.More