Matt Calvert suspended one game for cross-checking (Video)

The Columbus Blue Jackets will return home for Game 3 of their series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the hole two games and now without the services of Matt Calvert.

The Department of Player Safety has suspended Calvert for one game (Game 3 in the series) after he cross-checked Tom Kuhnhackl at the end of Game 2.

There are some key points of emphasis Player Safety makes in the explanation video.

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Sestito earns four game suspension for boarding Enstrom (Video)

The Department of Player Safety suspended Tom Sestito for four games after boarding Toby Enstrom in a raucous first period of Wednesday night’s game. He will forfeit $12,777.76 in salary. This is Sestito’s first suspension since 2011.

Sestito was called up by the Pittsburgh Penguins to take the spot of an injured Patric Hornqvist. The game was the ninth for Sestito this season and first since Nov. 16.

In a scant 1:02 TOI versus Winnipeg, Sestito racked up 20 minutes in penalties and was tossed from the game after boarding Enstrom.

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Vermette facing suspension for ‘abuse of officials’ (Video)

Antoine Vermette did something really stupid, and it can’t even be attributed to a ‘heat of the moment’ excuse. Now he’s looking at upwards of a 10 game suspension for ‘physical abuse of an official.’

In the just about midway third period with the Anaheim Ducks up 1-0 on the Minnesota Wild, Vermette and Mikko Koivu lineup to take a faceoff.

The linesman drops the puck. Vermette doesn’t move, but Koivu does and sweeps the puck away. As play continues, Vermette stand there barking at the officials. The linesman is looking up ice when Vermette gives him a swat to the back of the legs.

For his (idiotic) effort, Vermette was tossed from the game and assessed a game misconduct for ‘abuse of officials.’

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Anthony DeAngelo suspended 3 games for physical abuse of an official

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Anthony DeAngelo has been suspended for three games by the NHL for violating Rule 40.4 – Physical Abuse of Officials.

Per the rule book:

40.4 Automatic Suspension – Category III – Any player who […] deliberately applies physical force to an official solely for the purpose of getting free of such an official during or immediately following an altercation shall be suspended for not less than three (3) games.

He will forfeit $14,388.90 in salary.

The incident happened at the end of the second period of Saturday night’s game against the Calgary Flames.

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Cody Eakin suspended four games for steamrolling Henrik Lundqvist

Right after Cody Eakin was tossed from Thursday’s game for slamming into Henrik Lundqvist’s head pretty much everyone knew the Dallas Stars forward would be suspended. It was just a matter of the Department of Player Safety handing down their ruling.

On Friday afternoon, Player Safety announced Eakin will miss the next four games. He’ll forfeit $85,555.56 total salary for charging.

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NHL files suit against NHLPA to void Wideman arbitration decision

In March 2016, a neutral arbitrator reduced Dennis Wideman’s suspension for striking Don Henderson from 20 games to 10 games. A determination to which the NHL ‘strenuously’ disagreed.

Nearly three months after the decision was handed down, the NHL has filed suit against the NHLPA to nullify the decision by the arbitrator.

Through a league spokesman, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly offered comment that broadly addresses the nature of the suit:

“We can confirm that the National Hockey League today filed an action in the federal district court for the Southern District of New York seeking to vacate Arbitrator James Oldham’s arbitration decision reducing the League’s supplementary discipline suspension to Player Dennis Wideman from 20 to 10 games. We believe that Arbitrator Oldham, in reaching his decision, exceeded his contractual authority by failing to properly apply the parties’ collectively bargained standard of review.  Today’s action was motivated primarily by our regard for the collective bargaining process and the importance of maintaining and safeguarding the parties’ reasonable expectations arising from the agreements made in that process. The timing of today’s filing was dictated  exclusively by the requirements of the federal rules governing these actions.  We do not intend to offer any further comment pending the conclusion of the court’s review.”

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