Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Devils Bobby Farnham Suspended Four Games for Late Hit on Jaskin

The NHL came down pretty hard on Devils left wing Bobby Farnham for his late hit on Blues Dmitrij Jaskin. Farnham went hunting for somebody to hit after he was taken out by Kevin Shattenkirk after the play, and he found his man in Jaskin--only he levelled the Russian a full second after he had cycled the puck up the boards.

"A full second after Jaskin has moved the puck--well after the time when players are permitted to finish checks--Farnham delivers a violent, predatory hit to defenseless Jaskin, slamming him to the ice. This is interference. What elevates this hit to merit supplemental discipline is its extreme lateness and the predatory nature of the hit," says the NHL's Department of Player Safety.

This is Farnham's first suspension in his 38-game NHL career.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Farnham will forfeit $12,365.60. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.