No suspension for Joffrey Lupul for Winter Classic cross-check; fined $10,000

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One of the few scary moments in the Winter Classic was when Patrick Eaves of the Detroit Red Wings was dropped by a cross-check to the head in the first period. He left the game and didn’t return.

Here’s the head shot from Joffrey Lupul of the Toronto Maple Leafs:

We asked you to guess the suspension for this incident, but guess what? There is no suspension! The NHL has fined Lupul instead.

From the League:

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul has been fined $10,000, the maximum permitted under the CBA, for cross-checking Detroit Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves in NHL Game No. 610 in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Wednesday, Jan. 1, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 11:04 of the first period. Lupul was assessed a minor penalty for cross-checking.

Eaves was injured on the play, although it wasn’t a concussion. He had to have his jaw reset, telling

“Everything’s good to go now,” Eaves said. “It was pretty uncomfortable with my jaw being the way it was; my teeth weren’t lined up. I was pretty sore right away. But it’s back in the right spot and feels a lot better.”

Lupul argued that he was going for Eaves’ arm, and we hope the NHL sends him a copy of “Operation!” along with the $10,000 bill.

Had Eaves been concussed, Lupul probably gets a game or two as a repeat offender. But he wasn’t, which is fine.

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