Take the rest of the preseason, Max.
The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has suspended Montreal Canadiens centre (centre?) Max Domi for the remainder of the preseason — or a handful of completely meaningless games — for his sucker punch on Florida Panthers defender Aaron Ekblad.
His sharp bit of malice coincided with his debut in a Canadiens sweater Wednesday night.
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Not unlike the punch itself, it’s honestly a bit of a spineless decision on the part of the league. Not only does Domi not miss a single consequential start, but forfeits nothing for leaving an unsuspecting Ekblad a bloody mess, as players don’t technically receive payment in the preseason.
Montreal does have plans to run Domi out there at centre ice, a position he hasn’t played since he was a squirt. But “getting used to a position you probably shouldn’t be playing anyway” isn’t an adequate punishment for trying to cave an unwilling opponent’s face in.
The league had a chance to make a statement early, and instead invited the crap most would like to see out of the game.
Unfortunate to say the least.
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