Kings' Zeiler Suspended Three Games
The NHL Monday announced a three-game suspension for Kings forward John Zeiler. You may remember Zeiler's brutal shot on Colorado defenseman Adam Foote Saturday night in Los Angeles. He will not be eligible to play again until December 1, and he'll forfeit nearly $9,000 in salary.
The NHL Wheel of Discipline probably could have come up with a higher number, but three games is three more games than it could have been.
Meanwhile, we still don't know how badly Foote was injured. Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports Foote is due for more tests on back and neck issues, and there is a chance he also suffered a concussion on the hit. He's definitely out for Monday's game at Anaheim.
I'm not a fan of basing punishments for illegal hits on how long a player is going to miss with injury. I'd prefer that a system be set up to hand out punishments that don't seem to come out of thin air.
Zeiler deserves a longer suspension for a stupid, dirty, brutal hit. The message needs to be sent that this stuff isn't going to be tolerated, and making a guy miss 3.7 percent of his team's season and taking $9,000 out of his wallet doesn't get the job done.
With any luck, Foote is back in the Avalanche lineup before Zeiler is allowed to return.