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NHL suspends Anaheim Duck Evgeny Artyukhin for 3 games

He will forfeit almost $35,000 in salary also. From ESPN-

The NHL suspended Anahiem Ducks forward Evgeny Artyukhin for three games without pay Thursday for what the league called “a slew-footing incident” against Dallas Stars defenseman Matt Niskanen of Wednesday’s game.

Niskanen suffered a head injury that will keep him out of Thursday’s game against Los Angeles.

Since Artyukhin was suspended for two games in January 2009, he is considered a repeat offender. He’ll forfeit $34,756.11 in salary based on the number of games (82), rather than the number of days (193). The forfeited money goes into the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Artyukhin is a thug. Last year while playing with Tampa he brutally injured Florida Panther Ville Peltonen. I’m not a fan of NHL players who are sadists on ice skates.

Here’s the video of Artyukhin’s hit on Niskanen.

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