Suspend him or not: Matt Martin’s elbow on Wild defenseman Keith Ballard

Adam Proteau
Matt Martin (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Islanders left winger Matt Martin has made a name for himself as the NHL’s annual hits leader for the past few seasons. However, Martin’s hit on Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard Tuesday resulted in a horrendous on-ice scene and could result in disciplinary action being taken against him.

Ballard had just made a pass midway through the game when Martin attempted to finish a check on him. Ballard turns away in an attempt to avoid it, but Martin’s left elbow follows through and makes contact with Ballard’s head, knocking his head directly into the boards and rendering him unconscious. Read more

Suspend him or not: Evander Kane’s hit from behind on Clayton Stoner

Jared Clinton
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Evander Kane would probably be the first to tell you 2014-15 hasn’t gone quite to plan.

After an injury took him out of the season opener, the Winnipeg Jets winger was sidelined for several games. When he returned from injury, the Kane struggled to score. Now, 20 games into his campaign, he may be looking at a few games on the sideline thanks to a hit from behind on Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner on Sunday: Read more

Junior goalie Storm Phaneuf suspended nine games for kicking player with skate

Jared Clinton
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The Quebec League announced yesterday that Chicoutimi Sagueneens goaltender Storm Phaneuf has been suspended for a total of nine games after kicking an opponent in the chest.

Phaneuf – no relation to Dion, if you were wondering – kicked an opponent during a Nov. 30 contest against the Drummondville Voltigeurs. The kick struck the felled Voltigeur in the chest: Read more

Suspend him or not: Robert Bortuzzo’s high hit on Jaromir Jagr

Adam Proteau
Jaromir Jagr (Getty Images)

We all know that, at age 42, Devils right winger Jaromir Jagr is a marvel of nature – especially once it dawns on you that he was durable enough last season to play all 82 games for New Jersey. However, after a more-than-questionable hit from Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo Tuesday night, Jagr may be sidelined – and Bortuzzo definitely ought to be, courtesy of the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

The two players had been having some intense 1-on-1 battles leading up to the incident, which took place late in the second period at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. But it’s undeniable Bortuzzo’s hit was late, and that the Pens defender’s principal point of contact was his elbow meeting Jagr’s head:
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Los Angeles Kings fined $100k after suspended Slava Voynov practices with team

Jared Clinton
Slava Voynov (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

When the NHL suspended Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov, the Kings were instructed that Voynov was not to take part in any team activities, optional or otherwise.

On Tuesday, during what has been called an optional team skate by team officials, Voynov was on the ice with his teammates. Shortly after news broke that the suspended defenseman was taking part in a skate with the Kings, the NHL handed down a $100,000 fine to the team. The Orange County Register’s Rich Hammond reported that the Kings did not get league permission for Voynov to take part in the skate. Read more

Suspend him or not: Adam Lowry crunches Patrick Kaleta from behind

Jared Clinton
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If Adam Lowry doesn’t get a call from the Department of Player Safety, he should consider himself lucky.

Late in the second period of Wednesday night’s game, the Winnipeg Jets rookie was in deep on the forecheck when the Buffalo Sabres’ Patrick Kaleta picked up the puck behind the net and shovelled it over to a waiting defenseman. With Kaleta’s back to the play – and face to the boards – Lowry finished a check that left the Kaleta bloodied: Read more

Los Angeles Kings will get salary cap relief during Slava Voynov’s suspension

Matt Larkin
Slava Voynov's salary will no longer count as part of L.A.'s cap hit while he is suspended. (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images)

Slava Voynov’s domestic violence saga continues, but its direct impact on the Los Angeles Kings was diminished Friday.

Voynov has been charged with one felony count of corporal injury to spouse with great bodily injury. The Kings defenseman, 24, allegedly injured wife Marta Varlamova’s eyebrow, cheek and neck seriously enough to require medical attention, and Voynov was arrested Oct. 20.

In a statement Friday, the NHL announced the existing terms of Voynov’s suspension “will be continued indefinitely.” The league also stated, through NHL.com:

“However, in light of the uncertain and potentially extended period of time that the legal process may entail, the NHL and the NHLPA have agreed to permit the Kings to replace Mr. Voynov’s Salary and Bonuses pursuant to the Bona Fide Long-Term Injury Exception under the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement.”

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Antoine Roussel to face disciplinary hearing for sucker punch on Justin Braun

Jared Clinton
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As Saturday night’s contest between the San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars wound to a close, Stars winger Antoine Roussel received a misconduct for a hit to the head of Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock.

Initially, it seemed as if Roussel, if he were to face supplemental discipline at all, would receive it for his hit on Stalock. However, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced Sunday that pesky 24-year-old will instead face a hearing for the sucker punch to Sharks’ defenseman Justin Braun that followed: Read more