Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault does not enjoy the job the NHL Department of Player Safety is doing at the moment.
The forward was the victim of an elbow to the chin by Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen and thinks it's a complete joke that the league hasn't scheduled a hearing for it.
"I'm not surprised to the honest...player safety my ass," Perreault told reporters. "This is literally an elbow to the face to a guy that didn't have the puck."
"I see him coming, I brace for a hit, it was a late hit, I never had the puck and he puts an elbow to my face and they're not going to do anything about it. Now I’ve got to take matters into my own hands. Next time this happens and I get to swing my stick across his forehead and I shouldn’t get suspended then."
Perreault who stands 5'10", says that if the league doesn't protect him and the smaller players he'll have to take matters into his own hands.
"I don't really know what to say," Perreault continued. "I can't really protect myself and if the league's not going to protect me – I'm the smallest guy on the ice – and if I can't really fight anybody then the only thing I can do to defend myself is use my stick.
"So the next guy that does that to me, he's going to get my f---ing stick. And I better not get suspended for it."