NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan has suspended Nashville’s Jordin Tootoo two games for charging Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller. Let’s go to the video…
One thing the exhaustive breakdown (2:30 in length) fails to mention is the Miller-Lucic incident, which loomed large over this entire scenario. No surprise Shanahan steered clear of Lucic’s contentious hit, but he might’ve made a subtle allusion to it by saying:
“It should be noted that interference on the goalkeeper can be penalized with a minor. There will be times when the contact with the goaltender and the call on the ice will be suitable for the offense.”
(Lucic got dinged two minutes for charging Miller.)
Tootoo will miss games tonight vs. Phoenix and Dec. 8 at Columbus and forfeit $13,513.52 of salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
He will be eligible to return Dec. 10 vs. Anaheim, which is awesome because the Ducks and Predators hate each other.