The Toronto Maple Leafs will be with no the companies of Jason Spezza for the upcoming 6 games soon after the NHL’s Division of Player Safety suspended him for kneeing Winnipeg Jets defenseman Neal Pionk.
The ruling arrived down just just before the second period of time of the Maple Leafs’ recreation in opposition to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday evening. Spezza did not engage in as the team awaiting the ruling.
The league explained Spezza’s knee on Pionk as “reckless and retaliatory.”
Pionk was wounded on the participate in and is currently in concussion protocol. He did not accompany the Jets for the impending two-video game highway excursion.
Soon just before Spezza’s strike, Pionk wounded Maple Leafs defenseman Rasmus Sandin.
In accordance to quite a few studies, Spezza intends to attraction the suspension. The very first appeal will be read by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Mainly because Spezza’s suspension is 6 games, a even more attraction could be heard by a neutral arbitrator, must Spezza not be content with Bettman’s ruling.