Islanders' Anders Lee fined for elbowing Blues' Carl Gunnarsson

Anders Lee escaped suspension, but not a fine for his hit on Carl Gunnarsson. (USATSI)
Anders Lee escaped suspension, but not a fine for his hit on Carl Gunnarsson. (USATSI)

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has fined New York Islanders forward Anders Lee  $2,286.29, the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement, for his elbow on St. Louis Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson.

Here's a look at the incident in question:

This hit was subject to scrutiny right away, but Player Safety didn’t call a hearing until 48 hours after the initial infraction. That raised some eyebrows, because the league usually acts within 24 hours of an infraction.

Lee was not penalized on the ice for the play, while Gunnarsson was concussed as a result of the hit and missed Sunday night’s game. He’ll also miss Tuesday night’s contest according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  The hearing wasn’t called until after it was known that Gunnarsson was concussed.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Greg Wyshynski, the department claimed the late timing of Lee’s hearing being called was the result of “miscommunication.”

Though that may be the case, it calls into question how much that miscommunication played a role in the eventual punishment.

It doesn’t look like it was an intentional elbow from Lee, but it was a reckless play that resulted in the injury of an opponent. A fine appears to be the appropriate call here, but the way it was handled leaves a little to be desired.

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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