Alex Burrows Suspended 10 Games for Knee to the Head on Taylor Hall

The NHL came down hard on Burrows for his knee to the head on Taylor Hall, and rightfully so

Once Alex Burrows had been penalized for his rough-play with Taylor Hall last night, pretty much everybody knew it was a foregone conclusion that he was going to be suspended as well. The funny thing is that he was not even penalized for kneeing or for a headshot, but the replays clearly show his knee making hard contact with Hall’s head.

It was an extremely dirty play in which it looks like he simply “lost his mind” and made a horrific decision that could have had disastrous results:

The NHL did not take this lightly, and they have decided to suspend Burrows for 10 games.

I’m not sure I expected a sentence that harsh considering the league’s odd way of coming up with sentences, but I can’t say I’m upset with it. For one, dirty head shots like that (especially on a defenseless player) should not be tolerated, plus it’s not like Burrows is an integral part of the Senators lineup.

This is one of the few times that Burrows has tried to stir things up in a Senators uniform, but he clearly took it too far. Suffice it to say, he isn’t exactly endearing himself to the fanbase, especially because his performance this year has been extremely lackluster.

This is actually only Burrows’ second suspension in his career, with the previous one being three games back in October 2014.

He is eligible to play on March 2nd at home vs. the Vegas Golden Knights.

Update: He’ll be losing quite a lot of money from this

Not everyone can afford to pay for sports coverage right now, and that is why we will keep as much of the site's content free for as long as we can.

But if you are able to, please consider subscribing to help keep our articles free (and get a few extra perks).

Erik Condra
  • Ability to comment and participate in our community
  • Twice monthly newsletter available only to subscribers
  • Ad-free reading
  • Our undying love and appreciation
Brady Tkachuk
  • Everything from the Erik Condra tier
  • 10% discount on all merch
  • Access to any future paywalled content
  • A personal thank-you from the Silver Seven staff
Daniel Alfredsson
  • Everything from the Brady Tkachuk tier
  • Inner peace knowing you are supporting quality, independent coverage of your favourite sports team