NEW YORK -- Buffalo Sabres forward John Scott has been suspended for seven games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson during NHL Game No. 138 in Buffalo on Wednesday, Oct. 23, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 5:49 of the third period. Scott received a match penalty for an illegal check to the head.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Scott will forfeit $26,923.05. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
Scott already has served three games of this suspension while awaiting an in-person hearing that was convened this morning.
If this was the precedent for all headshots going forward, I wouldn't have a problem with it. It isn't though; Dubinsky--a repeat offender--threw a late headshot the other day and didn't even get a hearing.
Shanahan and that entire office are a bunch of clownshoes
Not to get the tinfoil hat on, but this is as much of a message TO the Sabres than Scott. The NHL hates the Sabres right now.
I don't buy that.
This is about the players...not the teams.
NHL is using players like Scott and Kaleta as examples because they are deemed expendable in an effort to showcase that they are taking serious steps to curb head injuries and avoid class action lawsuits against them in the future.