Alan May agrees with NHL on not suspending Ryan Reaves

Chris Lingebach
December 12, 2018 - 4:26 pm
Alan May agrees with NHL on not suspending Ryan Reaves

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The NHL chose not to suspend Vegas winger Ryan Reaves for his hit last Tuesday on Tom Wilson, which caused a concussion.

Wilson has missed the past three games with a concussion, which he sustained when his head smacked off the ice as a result of Reaves' hit.

Alan May happens to agree with the league on this one, despite the gross optics.

"I don't think anything should happen to Reaves," he told The Junkies during The Morning Skate, presented by D.C. Lottery.

"In my opinion," he said, "you can't say it was a clean hit, but it was a legal hit. If they're gonna start dissecting every hit for a suspension, then Wilson would have been out for that hit against (Brett) Seney on New Jersey just a few days before."

"I think the amount of time from the moment that Tom touched the puck was like, the league is saying .53 seconds, say .6 seconds. That's within the acceptable timeframe of a legal hit," said May. "So a 280-pound guy hit a 230-pound guy, and unfortunately Tom's helmet popped off and he smashed his forehead on the ice.

"I was with the league on not giving a suspension. I didn't even think it was a five-minute major, just like I didn't think Wilson's was a five-minute major against New Jersey. Two minutes at that, I'd still be kind of pissed off if I was the coach or one of the players on the team that was penalized."

Wilson finally returned to practice, as a full participant Wednesday, with hopes of being able to go Friday against Carolina.

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