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Shanabanned: Andy Sutton Suspended 8 Games

As the video shows..... Brendan Shanahan and company have suspended Andy Sutton 8 games for the hit on Alexei Ponikarovsky Wednesday night in Edmonton.

From the story at, the details of the huge financial hit associated with this verdict:

Having previously been suspended within the past 18 months, Sutton is classified as a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. He therefore will forfeit salary based on the number of games (82) rather than the number of days (185) in the regular season. Sutton will forfeit $207,317.04. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

No mention of the knee-on-knee delivered to Eric Staal, nor the open ice check on Jeff Skinner.

The Carolina Hurricanes are in Toronto through Tuesday, and are set to practice in a local outdoor rink at Ramsden Park Sunday at 11am ET.

Today, Coach Kirk Muller was on HNIC intermission programming and gave a brief update on Skinner. The 10-minute ★★★★★ Muller segment starts at the 1 hour 40 minute mark at this link . He is asked in the first couple minutes "How's Skinner?" He answers "He's good, he's good," and then they move on to the next topic. Quickly.

The N&O's Chip Alexander tweeted he was en route to Toronto today to join the team there. Hopefully he'll have more on Skinner's status and the rest of the crew then.