The National Hockey League has suspended Montreal forward Brandon Prust two games for his hit on New York’s Derek Stepan during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final.
“Approaching laterally from the middle of the ice, Prust drives his left shoulder up and into Stepan’s chest and jaw, well after Stepan releases the puck and well after the time he is eligible to be checked,” the NHL’s Department of Player Safety explained. “What elevates this hit to merit supplemental discipline is its extreme lateness and the significant head contact that results from the way it is delivered.”
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Further explaining the suspension, the Department of Player Safety noted that Stepan did suffer an injury on the play — a broken jaw — and that Prust had been suspended once before, for elbowing Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov during the Eastern Conference Final two years ago.
Prust will now be ineligible to play in Games 4 and 5 of this series, able to return for Game 6.
Update: Interesting insight here from Fox Sports…
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Raffi Torres has been suspended pending his disciplinary hearing with the league for his hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Torres was assessed a match penalty for targeting Silfverberg’s head on Saturday night.
The 33-year-old missed all of last season with a knee injury, and it looks like the start of his regular season will be delayed once again.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have come back into the game, but he was held out for precautionary reasons.
Ducks center Ryan Kesler didn’t hide his feelings after the contest.
“(Torres) is the same player every year,” Kesler told reporters. “He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”
The Edmonton Oilers placed Ben Scrivens on waivers on Sunday.
Should he go unclaimed, the 29-year-old will be sent to the American Hockey League.
It looks like Edmonton will enter the regular season with Cam Talbot and Anders Nilsson as their goaltenders.
Scrivens was the team’s number one goalie last year, but his overall numbers were among the worst for starting goaltenders in the NHL.
He had a 15-26-11 record with a 3.16 goals-against-average and a .890 save percentage in 57 games last season.
Scrivens is scheduled to make $2.3 million in the final year of his contract.
If he does end up in the AHL, the Oilers will carry $1.35 million of dead money on the salary cap.
The move comes one day after Edmonton placed Nikita Nikitin on waivers.
The 29-year-old officially cleared on Sunday afternoon.