Teemu Pulkkinen hasn't played a regular season NHL game yet, but he already has a hearing with the Department of Player Safety. The hearing is set for Thursday.
Pulkkinen was giving the option for an in person hearing, rather than one over the phone, because the suspension is expected to be for five or more games.
The hit in question early on in the Wings second preseason game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. At the 2:16 mark in the first period Pulkkinen was called for boarding Hawks defenseman Michael Kostka and received a game misconduct.
Kostka was unable to return to the game and after the game coach Joel Quenneville described the hit as "very dangerous". No word yet on how much time Kostka might miss.
Pulkkinen missed last season with the Red Wings' affiliate in Grand Rapids. He played in two regular season games and 14 postseason games. He tallied 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists) and 10 penalty minutes.
Unfortunately since the game was not televised in either market there is no video of the hit, unless the NHL releases the footage. So for anyone who hasn't seen it, it is hard to judge. But going by descriptions it was a bad hit and no one is surprised that a suspension would be coming.
Now we just have to wait and see how long it will be for.