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In a ruling that is sure to make Coyotes fans' blood boil and stoke this already budding rivalry, Los Angeles Kings forward Jordan Nolan will face no supplemental discipline for his hit on Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Rusty Klesla, while Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette has been suspended 10 games without pay for leaving the bench during an altercation on "an illegal line change."
In the explanatory video on NHL.com, NHL senior vice president for player safety, Brendan Shanahan, determined that Nolan broke no NHL rules. Shanahan says Nolan leads with his shoulder on the first-period hit that led to Klesla being carted off on a stretcher with his head and neck immobilized. Shanahan also notes the hit wasnt late and Nolan hits squarely through the body and does not target the head.
Despite video evidence to the contrary, Shanahan says "nor does he launch up or into the check."
Nolan and Coyotes center Martin Hanzal earned roughing penalties for a scuffle after the play, and soon after they left the box, Hanzal caught Nolan with an elbow, starting another altercation. Bissonnette left the bench to join the fray.
Coach Dave Tippett said Monday that Bissonnette was on a line change for Max Domi (an assessment Kings coach Darryl Sutter seemed to agree with). The Coyotes were upset with both rulings but could not comment.
The NHL obviously saw Bissonnette's decision differently. According to Rule 70.6: "A game misconduct penalty shall be imposed on the player who was the first or second player to leave the players or penalty bench during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation, from either or both teams."
The suspension is mandated by Rule 70.10: "The firstplayer to leave the players or penalty bench illegally during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation from either or both teams shall be suspended without pay for the next 10 regular league andor playoff games of his team."
Bissonnette will forfeit 37,820.51, which goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund. He is eligible to return -- you can't make this stuff up -- when the Coyotes play the Kings on Oct. 24 in Los Angeles. He can still play in preseason games.
As for Klesla, he was officially diagnosed with a concussion and whiplash and is resting at home. The Coyotes have no timetable for his return. Concussions are notoriously difficult to predict, both because they impact individuals in vastly different ways and because our knowledge of them is in its infancy.
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NEW YORK (September 16, 2013) – Phoenix Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette has been automatically suspended for 10 regular-season games, without pay, as a result of being assessed a Game Misconduct penalty for leaving the bench on an illegal line change to join an altercation during NHL Preseason Game No. 9 against Los Angeles Sunday night in Glendale, Arizona.
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The first major suspension of the year has been handed out. This statement is pretty incredible considering the NHL's regular season hasn't even started yet. The league has suspended Paul Bissonnette for 10 regular season games after he left the bench to join in on an altercation during a preseason game between Phoenix and Los Angeles. Paul Bissonnette has been automatically...
The NHL is suspending Paul Bissonnette for 10 regular-season games after the Coyotes forward left the bench to fight during a preseason game.
Bissonnette was given a game misconduct 12:09 into the first period Sunday night against the Kings when he came off the bench on an illegal line change to fight Jordan Nolan after Nolan hit Phoenix defenseman Rostislav Klesla.
Brendan Shanahan has a difficult job. The National Hockey League's director of player safety reviews hundreds of incidents each season with his staff.
No matter how diligent, thorough and reasoned his group is in its assessments, his approval ratings will always hover somewhere just above Congress'. When he doesn't hand down discipline he is largely forgotten; when he...
The NHL on Monday suspended Paul Bissonnette for 10 regular-season games after the Phoenix Coyotes forward left the bench to fight during a preseason game.
Bissonnette was given a game misconduct 12:09 into the first period Sunday night against the Kings when he came off the bench on an illegal line change to fight Jordan Nolan after Nolan hit Phoenix defenseman Rostislav Klesla...
Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Rusty Klesla left the ice on a stretcher after absorbing a big open-ice hit from the Los Angeles Kings' Jordan Nolan at 9:44 of the first period of the teams' preseason opener Sunday at Jobing.com Arena.
Coyotes assistant general manager Brad Treliving said the issue appeared to be with Klesla's neck. Klesla was examined at the arena before...
from QMI AGENCY/Toronto Sun,
It didn't look good for Coyotes defenceman Rostislav Klesla as he took a brutal hit to the head Sunday night and had to be taken off on a stretcher during a pre-season NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings.
Unfortunately, the game was not televised locally, but was recorded.
One of two games played between both clubs -- one in Glendale...
No supplemental discipline for Jordan Nolan for bodycheck on Rostislav Klesla. Video: http://t.co/QESZ8YMqYK
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) September 16, 2013
Here are some thoughts over some of the major subjects that have gone through the wire over the last week.
The hit itself doesnât concern me at all. Not only is hard hitting âpart of the gameâ, itâs part of what makes hockey great. The only other sport with contact similar to hockey is in football. In that, when a big hit like Jordan Nolanâs...
According to Sarah McLellan of AzCentral sports, the Coyotes' Paul Bisonette's agent has said he will be appealing the 10 game automatic suspension he received after leaving the bench to fight the Kings' Jordan Nolan:
#Coyotes Paul Bissonnette will be appealing his 10-game suspension, according to his agent, Mark Guy.
— Sarah McLellan (@azc_mclellan...
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