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Ryan Garbutt Suspended Five Games


Ryan Garbutt of the Dallas Stars has been suspended for five games for a high hit on Anaheim Ducks winger Dustin Penner.

The suspension was announced Wednesday after Garbutt had an in-person hearing with Brendan Shanahan. Stars general manager Jim Nill was also in New York City for the meeting.

Here is the Shanahan suspension explanation video.

As Garbutt accepted the offer of an in-person hearing, the NHL had the option to suspend him for more than five games.

Garbutt came out of the penalty box with speed and skated into the Dallas zone. Just as Penner made a pass, Garbutt caught him with a hit on Penner’s blindside. The 28-year-old from Winnipeg wasn’t penalized on the play, but Penner didn’t travel with the Ducks to start their six-game road trip as he continues to recover.

Garbutt will forfeit $14,743.60 in salary during his suspension, and he will be eligible to return on Nov. 3 in Ottawa against the Senators.

Garbutt is the seventh NHL player to be suspended for boarding, checking to the head, or charging this season, joining the following players:

It’s an unusually high number, especially so early in the season. For the sake of reference, there were 12 suspensions for boarding, checking to the head, or charging in the 2012-13 season.

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