Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Jordin Tootoo Gets Two Games for Collision with Ryan Miller

After Jordin Tootoo's conference call hearing with Brendan Shanahan's player safety team Monday afternoon, he was assessed a two-game suspension as a result of  Saturday night's collision with Buffalo's Ryan Miller late in second period action.

It was a super-charged, emotional play with plenty of bad blood in the aftermath with Miller pounding Tootoo relentlessly as he reacted to hit.

Tootoo received a five minute minor for charging and a game misconduct. Paul Gaustad received a double minor for roughing and a game misconduct, while Miller got in about 25 punches on Tootoo and received nothing.

Nashville coach Barry Trotz labeled it a "hockey play gone a little bit awry a little bit" and Lindy Ruff said that it was a continuation of "open season on goalies." Here is the video and complete postgame quotes.

The situation was aggravated by the fact that Tootoo has somewhat of a reputation as an annoying pest around the league and Miller was in his first game back after being hit by Milan Lucic on November 12. Tootoo had previously been suspended for five games in 2007 for a punch to the face of Stephane Robidas.

Shanahan ended the debate with this video and the decision to suspend Tootoo ...

Make the jump for the official release from the NHL...


NEW YORK (December 6, 2011) – Nashville Predators forward Jordin Tootoo has been suspended, without pay, for two games for charging Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller during NHL Game #379 Saturday night, Dec. 3, in Nashville,  the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Tootoo will forfeit $13,513.52. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 15:54 of the second period. Tootoo was assessed a major penalty for charging and game misconduct.

Tootoo will miss games tonight vs. Phoenix and Dec. 8 at Columbus. He will be eligible to return Dec. 10 vs. Anaheim.

More later...

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