The NHL has decided to suspend Toronto’s David Clarkson for two games over his headshot to St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka during
Sobotka didn’t sustain an injury as a result of the incident, but Clarkson is a repeat offender after being handed an automatic 10-game suspension for leaving the bench during a 2013 preseason contest to join a fight.
This is the latest in a long line of suspensions for the Maple Leafs this season. In addition to Clarkson’s two suspensions, the NHL has also punished Dion Phaneuf (two games, boarding), arter Ashton (boarding, two games), Nazem Kadri (goalie interference, three games), and Phil Kessel (slashing, three games).
Clarkson will be eligible to return against the Florida Panthers on Dec. 17. He’ll also surrender $109,576.10 in salary, which brings his total losses to $378,806.90 for the 2013-14 campaign, according to Sportsnet’s David Alter.
He’s in the first season of a seven-year, $36.75 million contract.
Here’s the NHL’s video explanation:
This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.
Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.
While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.
There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.
Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.
Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:
It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.
In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.
For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.
Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.
Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.
They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.
Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.