Vermette has served his 10-game suspension and will be eligible to rejoin the lineup Sunday against the Capitals, Ducks color analyst Dan Wood reports. Vermette was on the ice for Sunday's morning skate alongside Nick Ritchie (neck) and Corey Perry, potentially positioning him for that line during the evening's contest. The veteran forward hasn't provided a high rate of scoring this season for Anaheim, but should provide a bit of a boost to the lineup Sunday.
Vermette's 10-game suspension for slashing an official was upheld by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Vermette and the NHLPA had been lobbying for a reduced suspension for the centerman, but Bettman reportedly ruled that the contact made with linesman Shandor Alphonso fit under a Category 2 ruling that justifies the assessment of a 10-game ban for "physical abuse of official foul without intent to injure." Vermette will miss his fifth game Saturday due to the suspension and now won't be eligible to return until March 12.
Vermette's suspension for contact with an official was cut to five games Friday, Doug Maclean of Sportsnet reports. Vermette should certainly consider this a win after a fairly blatant slash to the leg of an official originally earned him a 10-game suspension. The shortened ban will result in the 34-year-old missing the rest of the Ducks' February contests, but he can now return to action March 3 against Toronto. In the interim, Ondrej Kase will slide up to the top line alongside Ryan Getzlaf.
Vermette was given a 10-game suspension Wednesday for contact with an official, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports. Vermette slashed the back of an official's leg during Tuesday's matchup with the Wild, which resulted in an ejection. The nature of the act resulted in an automatic 10-game ban, however, the 34-year-old can appeal the decision which could alter the length of the suspension. With pretty conclusive evidence that it was an intentional act, it would seem unlikely the center could get off with a lesser punishment, but it may be worth appealing anyway. Vermette is eligible to return Mar. 12 against the Capitals.
Vermette was ejected from Tuesday's game against the Wild due to abuse of an official. Video shows Vermette making contact with the linesman with the blade of his stick, apparently having to do with the veteran's displeasure after a face-off. The NHL office might be taking a longer look at this one and the veteran could be facing some sort of disciplinary action from the league. Stay tuned.
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