Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Ruutu suspended two games for bite

Just got this from the Sabres press office:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / JANUARY 7, 2009

SENATORS’ RUUTU SUSPENDED FOR TWO GAMES

TORONTO (Jan. 7, 2009) – Ottawa Senators forward Jarkko Ruutu has been suspended for two games, without pay, for an incident in NHL game #586 against the Buffalo Sabres, the National Hockey League announced today.

Ruutu, who was suspended for two games in November, now is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Accordingly, he forfeits $31,707.32 in salary based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (186). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Ruutu was involved in an altercation with Sabres’ Andrew Peters at 13:13 of the first period. No penalty was assessed on the play.

Ruutu will miss Thursday’s game at Boston and Jan. 10 against the Rangers. He will be eligible to return Jan. 13 against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Interestingly, the NHL doesn't specifically acknowledge the fact that he BIT Peters.