The Department of Player Safety announced that Flames defenseman Mark Giordano has received a two-game suspension from a kneeing incident involving Minnesota center Mikko Koivu on Thursday night. In addition, the league also revealed that winger Ryan Lomberg has also been suspended one additional game on top of the automatic one-game suspension he received for instigating a fight in the final five minutes of that same contest.
Koivu sustained an injury on the play which may have factored into the league’s decision. The team announced (Twitter link) that Koivu will not play tonight in Edmonton and has been sent home by the team for further evaluation. There is no timetable for his return and his loss will certainly be felt as he sits tied for third on the Wild in scoring with 21 points in 27 games.
Both players will miss Calgary’s games against Edmonton and Nashville this weekend and will be eligible to return on Wednesday against Philadelphia. They’re both first-time offenders so they will forfeit 2/186 of their respective cap hits. As a result, the suspension will cost Giordano just over $72K while Lomberg loses a little under $8K.