A day after the NHL Department of Player Safety opted not to pursue supplemental discipline for Dallas Stars defenseman Jani Hakanpaa for a knee-to-knee hit, they have decided not to be so lenient toward Philadelphia Flyers forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel. The league has announced that Aube-Kubel has been fined $2,678.50 for kneeing Florida Panthers forward Mason Marchment on Saturday. This is the maximum fine allowable per the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The hit in question occurred early in the third period and was only called a trip on the ice, resulting in a two-minute minor penalty. With the puck in the Panthers’ zone and Marchment attempting to settle the puck in front of his own net, Aube-Kubel came from the corner with speed and hit Marchment, drawing an immediate whistle (video). While Marchment was shaken up on the play, he did return to the game and played a number of shifts in the remainder of Florida’s 4-2 win.
Aube-Kubel plays hard and is quickly gaining the reputation of a frustrating player to go up against. However, the 25-year-old grinder needs to be careful not to build a reputation with Player Safety, too. While he has yet to be suspended, this is Aube-Kubel’s second maximum fine, both coming within this calendar year. He received a $4,633.62 max fine for roughing the Buffalo Sabres’ Rasmus Dahlin back in January. As that disciplinary history grows, Aube-Kubel will face harsher review from the league and could miss time with another incident.