For the second time today, the Department of Player Safety has handed down a two-game suspension. This time, it’s Sabres center Jack Eichel who has been suspended for an illegal check to the head on Saturday against Colorado center Carl Soderberg.
As a result, he will miss Buffalo’s upcoming games on Tuesday against Dallas and Thursday versus Pittsburgh. Eichel will be able to return on Saturday against Carolina.
This is the first time in his career that he has been suspended which is particularly notable from a financial perspective. He will forfeit a little over $107K to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund which represents 2/186 of his $10MM AAV. Had he been a repeat offender, the fraction would have changed to 2/82 which would have resulted in a forfeiture of just under $244K.