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Report: Coyotes’ Bissonnette at risk for 10-game suspension

Sep 16, 2013, 12:27 AM EDT

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Phoenix Coyotes tough guy Paul Bissonnette dropped his gloves in reaction to the hit teammate Rostislav Klesla received on Sunday night, but depending on the details, he might not be able to defend his colleagues when the regular season begins.

Bissonnette might have violated Rule 70.10, which dictates an automatic 10-game suspension for leaving the bench to begin a fight, Five for Howling’s Jaime Eisner reports.

Video of the Jordan Nolan-on-Klesla hit hasn’t been made available yet, so it’s not surprising that a clip of Bissonnette,28, possibly leaving the bench cannot be found at this time.

Note: AZ Central’s Sarah McLellan reports that Klesla, 31, hasn’t been taken to the hospital yet (possibly for precautionary reasons).

Naturally, it’s the NHL’s call regarding suspensions for Nolan and/or Bissonnette, like any other situation. Unfortunately, the difference between tonight and the regular season is that video evidence is much easier to come by when the games start to “matter.” So we’ll wait and see if anything comes of this.

In other notes, Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek was banged up during the game, but he returned to action with a cage added to his helmet, according to McLellan. It’s been a rough game by any standards.

Related: Klesla leaves game on stretcher

  1. kingsforever - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Jordan Nolan the one man wrecking crew. LA will continue to throw around their opponents this year. The only player who’s not at least 6 feet tall is Mike Richards and he’s all heart.

    • hockey412 - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      How did they do on the scoreboard?

      • buffetchicken - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        You’re citing a preseason victory to look sophisticated. Stanley Cup and WCF in the last two years. That is what we call credible scoreboard smack fodder—you know, the stuff that really matters.

      • hockey412 - Sep 17, 2013 at 8:03 AM

        At the end of ANY game, it’s the scoreboard that matters. The comment that the Kings will “throw around” the competition was not supported by back-to-back losses, is all. I think the Kings are the better team, and are a very tough team, and further I think preseason losses are a good thing…but I also think that the comment was idiotic.

  2. cardsandbluesforever - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    I haven’t seen a vid of the hit yet, so I cant say for sure, but when someone gets their neck jacked up due to a hit it probably wasn’t a clean legal hit- especially if it knocks em out twitching on the ice.

    so Nolan jacks up Klesla’s neck and Bissonnette is the one who is gonna get suspended? yeah, I totally don’t see any problem with that…smh.

    • adlent - Sep 16, 2013 at 6:49 AM

      I would think that these are separate issues. If Nolan’s hit was illegal and warrants a suspension he should get one. However, the legality/illegality of the hit is a moot point for Bissonette’s possible suspension if he left the bench. All sports have rules about coming from out of play to join a melee. He stood up for his guy and that’s cool, but he came off the bench to fight he deserves a suspension sadly enough.

  3. rushledger - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    The coyotes/kings rivalry always finds a way to heat up. Hope Rusty is gonna be okay.

  4. sjsharks66 - Sep 16, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    Figures they were playing the Kings. Was probably a board that they got away with. That is the kings thing.

    • Anoesis - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:25 AM

      Hang on, the wambulance is on its way.

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