First: the obvious results. David Clarkson of the Maple Leafs was suspended Monday afternoon for the first ten games of the regular season, which we all knew would happen. Leaving the bench during Sunday’s brawl is going to wind up costing him around $270 k. I’m sure he can afford it, but man – that’s an expensive bar tab, if you ask me.
Meanwhile, hockey player/caveman Phil Kessel is set to have a telephone hearing with Brendan Shanahan today. Since it’s a phone call and not a face-to-face meeting, we can expect Kessel to receive a more lenient suspension than the one that was handed down to Zack Kassian (five games for high-sticking, which was too lenient, in my opinion). A three- to four-game suspension is most likely, and while he’s at it, Shanahan should ban Kessel from using a stick for the first ten games of the regular season. If you can’t use it properly, you can’t use it all, Phil!
When it comes to the Buffalo Sabres . . . they may have dodged the suspension bullet, but they may be without the services of Marcus Foligno and Corey Tropp for Wednesday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Hopefully, their injuries are minor and we will see them back on the ice soon.