Blackhawks' de Haan fined for slew-footing Habs' Caufield
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) keeps the puck away from Montreal Canadiens right wing Cole Caufield (22) during the second period at United Center. Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Calvin de Haan of the Chicago Blackhawks earned a $2,500 fine for a dangerous trip on Montreal Canadiens forward Cole Caufield.

The incident in question happened partway through the third period as Caufield tried to skate around the Blackhawks’ net. The trip, which appeared to be a clear slew-foot, went unpenalized by the on-ice officials. The league has been seeing a huge increase in these kinds of incidents this season, with Brad Marchand and Kevin Labanc both earning slew-footing suspensions and P.K. Subban earning multiple fines.

There are some who credit the crackdown on cross-checking as the reason why these trips have seemingly increased, though, obviously, the league believes something like this is not worthy of a suspension. Caufield did not suffer a serious injury on the play. While it isn’t a suspension, the incident will still be considered in any future disciplinary decisions involving de Haan.

This article first appeared on Pro Hockey Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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