The NHL announced Friday that Edmonton winger Zack Kassian has been suspended 7 online games for kicking Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak in the upper body, blade very first, for the duration of the first period of Thursday’s video game.
As a repeat offender, Kassian’s seven-recreation suspension will value him $166,463.41 in income.
Cernak was briefly sitting down on Kassian and Kassian’s teammate Josh Archibald. But as Kassian pushed himself cost-free, he aimed the kick at Cernak to get Cernak off his teammate.
“He was keeping my leg, it was reactionary, I was just attempting to get him off me, kick him off me. I was just striving to get my foot loose,” Kassian explained to reporters following the Oilers’ 3–1 decline to the Lightning. “If I kicked him difficult, I feel he would have flew again or the ref would have called a penalty.”
“I asked what is erroneous with him since that is not the suitable enjoy, what you do on the ice,” Cernak explained. “He didn’t say [anything].”
Kassian was presently suspended for two games in January immediately after participating in a fight with Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk, who tried out to skate absent from the scuffle. On Friday, the NHL introduced Kassian was provided an in-particular person listening to for kicking Cernak. The day and time for the hearing have not been made a decision but.
He was also suspended 3 preseason online games and 5 normal-time games for high sticking Sam Gagner in September 2013.
Kassian, the No. 13 pick in the 2009 NHL draft, has 14 objectives and 16 helps this period. He is logged a lot more than 170 points during his 10-calendar year NHL occupation.