Fallout from the Maple Leafs Sunday brawl with the Sabres, Oilers lose Sam Gagner to a broken jaw, plus updates on Brian Gionta, Cory Conacher and more.
TORONTO STAR: Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson faces an automatic ten-game regular season suspension for leaving the bench during the club’s donnybrook with the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night. Leafs forward Phil Kessel could also face suspension for swinging his stick at Sabres hulking enforcer John Scott, who could also face a suspension for sparking the 12-player brawl by threatening to “jump” Kessel. The brawl overshadowed Joffrey Lupul’s return to the Leafs lineup.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If, as expected, Clarkson receives ten games, he’ll be out of the lineup until October 25. Kessel may have been defending himself against the much-larger Scott, but swinging his stick twice at Scott’s legs could land him at least a two-game suspension.
VANCOUVER SUN: Kassian could face supplemental discipline for that stick swing, while teammate Dale Wiese could face suspension for a hit to the head of Oilers center Taylor Hall.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s no question Kassian’s stick struck Gagner in the face, but it was accidental. Still, his recklessness could result in a suspension of less than five games. Gagner’s injury, meanwhile, leaves a big void at center for the Oilers, who are already missing Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (shoulder) until November.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens captain Brian Gionta was honored Saturday with the Jean Beliveau award for his charity and community work. Gionta is currently sidelined from off-season biceps surgery but hopes to return to action later this week.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators forward Cory Conacher will get a shot at landing a top-six spot.
CALGARY SUN: Karri Ramo, Joey MacDonald and Reto Berra are still jockeying for the role of Flames starting goalie.
WINNIPEG SUN: An impressive camp could earn Jets prospect and 2013 first round pick Josh Morrissey his first pro contract.