TORONTO – Colin Campbell had a busy start to his work week.
The NHL’s disciplinarian made two rulings on Monday, giving Los Angeles Kings defenceman Denis Gauthier a five-game suspension and Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tyler Kennedy a one-game ban.
Gauthier’s punishment comes after he hammered Montreal Canadiens defenceman Josh Gorges with an elbow to the head. He received a charging major on the play and will forfeit more than US$56,000 in salary during his suspension.
He’s eligible to return to the Kings lineup on Feb. 14 against Edmonton.
Kennedy’s one-game suspension will cost him $2,900 in lost wages. He violated rule 70.2 on Saturday by getting into a fight with Toronto’s Luke Schenn after a line change.
Kennedy will sit out Tuesday’s game in Montreal and is eligible to return Wednesday against Tampa Bay.