The incident occurred at 11:03 of the second period — no penalty was assessed on the play and Connolly eventually returned to action.
Part of the reason for the three-game suspension was Green’s reputation, as he was deemed a repeat offender after getting suspended three games in 2010 for elbowing then-Florida forward Michael Frolik:
Green will miss Saturday’s game in Boston, Sunday’s home date with Toronto and Tuesday’s contest in New York against the Islanders. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Green will forfeit $85,135.14, with all funds going to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.
As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.
Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?
The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.
This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.