The Department of Player Safety has been busy so far this year, and today handed out their latest punishment. Los Angeles Kings forward Kyle Clifford has been fined $4,301.08 for kneeing Jordan Greenway last night. That was the maximum allowable fine, but Clifford will avoid suspension altogether. Clifford stuck out his leg to trip Greenway in the middle of the ice and was penalized for it, and the fight that followed with Nick Seeler.
Though it won’t go down as a suspension, Clifford will be considered a repeat offender if anything else happens in the next 18 months. That means any supplementary discipline will end up costing him much more salary, and this fine will be taken into account for the rest of his career in any decisions from the Department of Player Safety. Really, it means that the Kings forward will need to avoid any suspect incidents or face increased punishment.
As for Greenway, he suffered no major injury on the play and was sent to the AHL for the next few games to get his play back on track. He’ll be back in Minnesota for their road trip next week.