No Suspension For Jamie Benn’s Cross Check On Ryan Jones

The NHL has fined Jamie Benn $10K for his cross check to the back of Ryan Jones.

The incident stems from Thursday night in Dallas, when Ryan Jones inadvertently collided with Dallas’ netminder Kari Lehtonen.  Before Jones skated away, it appeared he had a quick discussion with Lehtonen, and it appeared that Lehtonen wasn’t ready to tear out Jones’ guts with a goalie stick.  Jones skated towards the benches, play had been whistled for Jones’ two minute interference penalty, when Jamie Benn came from behind and laid the lumber to the back of Ryan Jones.

Benn received a five minute penalty and a game misconduct for the incident.  Fans began clamouring for a suspension almost immediately after the penalty was assessed,  but Jamie Benn received a $10,000 fine instead.

(Side note:  here’s the video on how NHL Player Safety determines how supplemental discipline is handed out.  It’s worth your five minutes.)

Why didn’t Benn get a suspension?  Here are a couple of guesses

  • Benn is a first time offender to the Supplemental Discipline Club.  If it was Carcillo, it might have been different.
  • It was a nasty cross check to the back.  It wasn’t to the face or the knees.  Also of some importance is the fact that Benn didn’t use his stick as a javelin or other speared object.

Here’s the official release from the NHL.

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