Shanabanned: Harry Z gets four games

This is the kind of season it’s been so far: the National Hockey League ignores the fact that the Philadelphia Flyers are taking time off from their busy schedule to hold their annual carnival on Sunday afternoon, issuing a four-game suspension to Harry Zolnierczyk.

Zolnierczyk was given a major for charging and a game misconduct near the midway point of the first period in a 2-1 Flyers win, after issuing a hard hit to Ottawa defenseman Mike Lundin. Lundin left the game and did not return with a suspected head injury.

Hit up the link to see Brendan Shanahan’s explanation.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his
average annual salary, Zolnierczyk will forfeit $12,972.96. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The 25-year-old winger will not be eligible to return until a Mar. 13 game at
New Jersey. It’s a killer move to the depth that will be needed as the Orange and Black play at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, home against the Penguins on Thursday, at Boston on Saturday then back home next Sunday night to entertain the Buffalo Sabres.