Stars’ Ruff on Kulikov hit: ‘I want to see the league deal with it’

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Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov has a phone hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Monday morning and Dallas Stars’ head coach Lindy Ruff hopes the league will send a message.

Kulikov was assessed a major penalty for clipping and a game misconduct for his hit on Stars’ forward Tyler Seguin on Friday night.

Kulikov, who has not been suspended previously, was offered an in-person hearing on Saturday, but declined. Since he was offered an in-person meeting, he is eligible to be suspended for more than five games.

“It’s a play that I don’t like,” said Ruff per The Dallas Morning News. “It’s a dirty, low play that the league doesn’t like, and I want to see the league deal with it. They took out one of the best players in the league, and it’s something that has to be dealt with and I’ll let them deal with it.”

Seguin, who had a team-leading 29 goals and 59 points in 55 games, is expected to miss 3-6 weeks with a knee injury.