More American Thanksgiving suspension fun from the NHL. Ryan Garbutt ... you've just been hit with a two-game suspension for kneeing Taylor Hall in a Tuesday night game, which will cost you $43,902.44. Oh yikes, that's a lot of money -- but hey it's going to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund so it's all good.
The NHL announced the move as indeed, for kneeing.
The video please:
As the NHL indicates, Hall wasn't injured on the play, and Garbutt got just a two-minute minor for tripping. But then again Garbutt is s repeat offender, having garnered a five-game suspension for boarding Dustin Penner in 2013, and a fine for spearing Corey Perry.
Normally coaches defend their players in such situations, but not Dallas bench boss Lindy Ruff. From The Dallas Morning News:
“It’s something he has a tough time with,” Ruff said Wednesday. “We had a tough time with it last year, but I thought we were making some headway. I feel like I’m losing a bit of ground again.”
“That’s where the wires short out a little bit,” Ruff said. “It’s something that is part of his makeup that I’m trying to tone down. It’s real important that I get to him, and he’s able to control those emotions.”
Hall didn't sound too irked by the play after the game, but alas that didn't matter too much. Garbutt's past history? Yeah, that probably did.
Also, Hall is a star player, and let's face it, the league protects said types of athletes.
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