By: Adam Gretz
Brendan Shanahan announced on Saturday that Minnesota forward Brad Staubitz and Columbus defenseman James Wisniewski would be suspended indefinitely for two separate plays that occured in their preseason game on Friday night, which Minnesota won in overtime.
The hearings for both players took place on Monday, and it was announced in the evening that Staubitz has been suspended for the remainder of the preseason as well as Minnesota's first three games of the regular season for delivering an illegal hit on Columbus' Cody Bass. He will be eliglble to return to the Minnesota lineup on Thursday, Oct. 13 when the Wild host the Edmonton Oilers.
During the game on Friday Staubitz was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the hit.
Staubitz has spent three seasons in the NHL with Minnesota and the San Jose Sharks, scoring eight goals in 153 games. In 71 games last season for the Wild he averaged just a little over six minutes of ice time per game and scored four goals while recording a career-high 173 penalty minutes.
The suspension was announced by Shanahan in his latest video presentation that breaks down the hit and explains his reasoning for the suspension, and you can check it out by clicking right here. It's already the fourth suspension issued by Shanahan in the past week, as Staubitz joins Philadelphia's Jody Shelley, Calgary's Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond and Buffalo's Brad Boyes. Combined they've cost the aforementioned players nine regular season games.
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