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'Yotes Bissonnette to sit for 10 for leaving bench to start fight

NEW YORK -- Paul Bissonnette of the Phoenix Coyotes was automatically suspended 10 regular-season games by the NHL for leaving the bench to start a fight.

Bissonnette left the bench after teammate Rostislav Klesla was injured on a hit by L.A. Kings forward Jordan Nolan. Klesla suffered a concussion and was taken off the ice on a stretcher.

Bissonnette was suspended because he violated Rule 70.10, which states: "The first player to leave the players' or penalty bench illegally during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation from either or both teams shall be suspended without pay for the next 10 regular league and/or playoff games of his team." He was also given a game misconduct Sunday night.

The suspension will cost Bissonnette US$37,820.51, and he will be eligible to make his season debut Oct. 24 when the Coyotes play at the Kings.

Nolan was not suspended for the hit, which NHL vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan called an "open-ice body check."

"The hit was punishing and resulted in Klesla suffering an injury," Shanahan said in a video confirming no supplemental discipline. "However in delivering it, Nolan broke no National Hockey League rules."

 

McLaren breaks pinky

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs were hoping to see what more Frazer McLaren could do beyond fighting, but that experiment will have to wait.

An MRI revealed that McLaren suffered a fractured r ight pinky finger at practice Sunday, according to coach Randy Carlyle. The team did not set an official time frame for the enforcer's return.

"At one point those were always four to six (weeks), but I would not say that it's four to six right now," Carlyle said Monday. "That's not the message that we had gotten back. It'll be immobilized for at least two weeks to let the healing process start."

Carlyle said McLaren's finger will not require a pin be inserted into it. Instead, it'll have a splint.

McLaren suffered the injury when he was slashed on the right hand during practice.

 

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 17, 2013 D4

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