TORONTO – Chris Simon will find out Wednesday how long his seventh career NHL suspension will be.
The New York Islanders forward met with league disciplinarian Colin Campbell in Toronto on Tuesday to discuss the weekend incident in which he stomped on Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jarkko Ruutu during a game.
Simon took a paid leave from the Islanders on Monday, agreeing with the team that he needed time away from hockey following his latest penalty for attempting to injure an opponent.
Simon missed the first five games of this season while completing a 25-game ban – his sixth NHL suspension – handed out in March.
Late in New York’s loss to the Penguins on Saturday, with the Islanders trailing 3-2, Simon drew a match penalty when he pulled out Ruutu’s leg with his, sending the forward to his knees between the team benches. Simon then stepped on the back of Ruutu’s leg with his skate.
Simon was ejected and the Islanders were a man short for all but the final 54 seconds of the loss.
“There is no excuse for my actions … and I apologize to everyone involved,” Simon said Monday in a statement. “The Islanders and I agree that the right thing to do is for me to take some time away from the team.
“I have enjoyed a long career achieving my dream of being a player in the National Hockey League and I’m proud of my accomplishments. But I acknowledge that time and assistance is needed before I return to the game.”