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Report: Coyotes’ Bissonnette will appeal 10-game suspension

Sep 18, 2013, 7:53 PM EDT

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Usually, when Phoenix Coyotes enforcer Paul Bissonnette picks a fight, he has a good chance to win. Dropping the gloves with the NHL can be another matter, though.

The 28-year-old decided to appeal the 10-game automatic suspension he received from the league for leaving the bench to avenge his teammate Rostislav Klesla in a Sunday preseason exhibition against the Los Angeles Kings, AZ Central’s Sarah McLellan reports.

McLellan reminds us that the new CBA dictates that the appeals process goes through league commissioner Gary Bettman, then a neutral arbitrator.

One can only guess how much of a shot “BizNasty” has, though it might be especially tough to tackle an automatic punishment. (Maybe his argument will be that he didn’t violate Rule 70.10?)

The Coyotes can’t feel great about a situation in which Bissonnette gets a huge 10-game suspension for defending Klesla, who was injured thanks to a hit by Jordan Nolan, who didn’t face supplemental discipline. Perhaps Phoenix is getting a little revenge merely by keeping this situation in the general hockey discussion.

Unless Bissonnette wins this decision, of course.

  1. pxland - Sep 18, 2013 at 8:09 PM


  2. sabatimus - Sep 18, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    What’s there to appeal? The rule is very specific, and the punishment automatic.

    • killerpgh - Sep 18, 2013 at 10:22 PM

      There are 2 rule he could of violated. One is leaving the bench on an Illegal line change to start/join and altercation. That carries an automatic 10 suspension. The other (which he is probably gonna use as reasoning for the appeal) is leaving the bench on a legal line change to start/join an altercation. The 2nd is still suspendible, but not the automatic 10 games. Ryane Clowe got 2 games for the 2nd rule last year. Eric Selleck got 1 game for it last year. Pascal Morency got 5 preseason and 5 regular season games back in 09. I haven’t seen a video of what Biznasty did, but since he is appealing an automatic penalty I’m gonna assume he feels he left the bench legally.

      • mrpinkca - Sep 18, 2013 at 11:23 PM

        Spot on.

      • jrcan13 - Sep 19, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        Great clarification! Thanks!

  3. blackandorangeforlife - Sep 18, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Malkin had an automatic suspension overturned in the cup finals so it should be easy….If his name was Malkin!

  4. steelers4385 - Sep 18, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    If players are supposed to be like family..then you stick up for your family. I could care less what the crappy yotes do. But for the love of god stop crying about fighting. Its half the reason ppl are fans.

    • jl9830 - Sep 19, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      Anyone who is just a fan of hockey for the fighting isn’t a fan of hockey.

      • bigblackzaranek - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:51 AM

        Fighting gets a lot of people into it, who end up becoming fans of everything else.

    • jrcan13 - Sep 19, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      “Its half the reason ppl are fans.”

      Its half the reason AMERICANS are fans

      There ya go – corrected that for ya

      (and YES Im just kidding. Im just playing off the fact that it seems a lot of the chatter about removing fighting from the games seems to come from American tv and yet it seems to me, when Im watching a game from the States and a fight breaks out, that they enjoy it ALOT 😉 )

  5. soldierone - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Not like the NHL will listen. They always push us aside, and to top that off he isn’t some all star player either. It’s worth a shot though, I mean come on it was a pre-season game and Nolan was dirty….

    • jrcan13 - Sep 19, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      “They always push us aside”

      Well what do “we” have to do with this in the first place? O.o

  6. areaman714 - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    If the Yotes trade him to the Kings, his suspension will be completely rescinded . . .

    • bauxjangles - Sep 19, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      Haha I get the whole “cryotes” thing now

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