(UPDATED) Good morning. The NHL just announced that Phoenix's Ed Jovanovski has been suspended two games for his forearm to the face of the Wild's Andrew Ebbett. Ebbett had trouble getting up after the hit, was bleeding and couldn't practice yesterday.
The Wild just announced that Ebbett is sidelined with a concussion and Nathan Smith has been recalled, meaning James Sheppard remains a winger. Ebbett is the fourth Wild player out with a concussion right now, and as you know, this is a huge blow for this team. Ebbett scored three goals and a shootout goal in seven games since being claimed off waivers.
I will update my Twitter, www.twitter.com/russostrib, from the morning skate with updates around 12:30 p.m. CST.
Two years ago, Jovanovski was suspended one game for elbowing Marian Gaborik in a game.
Remember, I'll be doing a live chat on startribune.com at 3 p.m. CT today and Russo Radio will be on KSTP at 6 p.m.
Here's the press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / DECEMBER 9, 2009
COYOTES’ JOVANOVSKI SUSPENDED FOR TWO GAMES
TORONTO (December 9, 2009) – Phoenix Coyotes’ defenseman Ed
Jovanovski has been suspended for two games, without pay, for an incident
in NHL game #436 against the Minnesota Wild, December 7, the National
Hockey League announced today.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on
his average annual salary, Jovanovski will forfeit $67,357.52. The money
goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
At 9:34 of the third period, Jovanovski delivered a forearm to the
head area of Minnesota’s Andrew Ebbett. No penalty was assessed on the
Jovanovski will miss Thursday’s game at Los Angeles and Dec. 12
against San Jose. He will be eligible to return Dec. 14 at Detroit.