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.

NHL looking into "the bite felt round the world"

If you follow me on twitter, myspace or facebook, you likely saw a post last night of me talking about Ottawa's Jarkko Ruuto biting Buffalo's Andrew Peters in the first period of last night's hockey game.

Or maybe you heard me talk about it with Tim Schmitt this morning on Reason.

Or maybe you just saw the game and were amazed that such a thing could actually happen in professional sports.

Well - looks like the NHL is amazed, too. According to an AP story posted by Channel 7, the league is looking into the biting incident.
NHL spokesman Frank Brown says in an e-mail Wednesday that the league reviews everything and added if a suspension is warranted it would be announced before the Senators game at Boston on Thursday.

The force of Ruutu's bite ripped Peters' glove off and broke the skin on the player's right thumb. It happened in the first period of Buffalo's 4-2 win when Peters forcefully rubbed the palm of his glove into Ruutu's face at the Senators bench.

Ruutu denied that he bit Peters despite replays showing he chomped down on the player's glove.

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