Arizona forward Martin Hanzal doesn’t have a disciplinary hearing scheduled following his hit on Colorado’s Erik Johnson Tuesday night, a NHL spokesman has confirmed.
Hanzal caught Johnson with a high hit while the Avs blueliner was reaching for a puck early in overtime:
Johnson left immediately and didn’t return, and here was no penalty on the play. Following the game, Avs head coach Patrick Roy said Johnson was “doing well” but, shortly thereafter, the Denver Post’s Mike Chambers followed up with this:
Hanzal appears to have avoided punishment despite his reputation as a repeat offender. Last season, he was fined for a high stick on then-Canucks forward David Booth; Hanzal was also suspended two games for charging Oilers d-man Jeff Petry.
Though disciplinary matters are often quickly attended to, the league reserves the right to schedule a hearing with Hanzal later if it so chooses. Arizona doesn’t play again until Saturday night.
Martin Hanzal caught Avs’ defenseman Erik Johnson with an elbow to the head early in overtime Tuesday night.
Johnson was reaching on the play and Hanzal connected with the Avs’ blue liner in vulnerable position.
There was no penalty on the play.
Johnson left the game and did not return.
Hanzal could be hearing from NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety, Stephane Quintal, as he has quite the rap sheet.
Last season alone Hanzal was fined for a high stick on then Canucks forward David Booth. He was also suspended two games for a charging penalty he received for a hit on Jeff Petry.
During the 2012 playoffs Hanzal was suspended one game for a hit on the Kings’ Dustin Brown.
With several players on the limp, Toronto made a pair of recalls on Monday by bringing up defenseman Korbinian Holzer and forward David Booth from the Marlies.
Holzer, 26, is back in the mix following Roman Polak’s injury on Saturday against Detroit. While it’s not known exactly what’s ailing Polak, Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle said the Czech rearguard would “be out for a while” after getting tangled with Tomas Tatar.
Holzer has 24 games of NHL experience on his resume, but has yet to play for the Leafs this season.
As for Booth, he’ll look to debut this week after missing all of the season with a broken foot suffered during the exhibition campaign. The 30-year-old, who inked a one-year deal this summer after spending the last few years in Vancouver, heads back to Toronto after a successful conditioning stint with the Marlies, in which he scored once in two games.
The Leafs have been thinned-out up front with injuries to Joffrey Lupul and Brandon Kozun, along with the suspension to Carter Ashton.
As for Wednesday’s game against Pittsburgh, the likely candidates to come out for Booth would be either Richard Panik or Josh Leivo, both of whom got less than seven minutes of ice against the Red Wings on Saturday.