Toronto forward David Clarkson is “definitely disputing” the automatic 10-game suspension he received for leaving the bench on an illegal line change to join an altercation in Sunday’s Maple Leafs-Sabres game, according to David Alter of 590 The Fan.
Other reporters, including ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun and Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, have also chimed in on the possibility of an appeal.
What Clarkson could cite in an appeal, we’re not entirely sure. Even Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle admitted after the game that Clarkson “made a mistake.” From the NHL’s ruling:
The suspension is mandated by Rule 70.10, which states: “The first player to leave the players’ or penalty bench illegally during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation from either or both teams shall be suspended without pay for the next 10 regular League and/or playoff games of his team.”
See anything in there he could appeal? What would Jackie Chiles see?