Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla is resting at home after being taken off the ice on a stretcher and transported to a local hospital after a check he received during Sunday nights game against the Los Angeles Kings, per a team report. Klesla was on the receiving end of a hard check from Kings forward Jordan Nolan in the first period. Klesla crumpled to ice and was briefly motionless. He was stabilized by the medical staff and waved to the crowd while being wheeled of the ice on a stretcher.
“He probably has a little bit of a headache but ... he's home, which is a good sign," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said on Monday.
Tippett also reported on Monday that Klesla is suffering from whiplash and concussion symptoms. No timetable has been set for his return to the team.
NHL.com reported on Monday that Nolan will not receive supplemental discipline for his hit on Klesla.
“After reviewing the incident in which Los Angeles Kings forward Jordan Nolan hit Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla in a preseason game Sunday night between the two teams,” A Monday NHL release stated. “The National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety has determined that no supplemental discipline is appropriate.”
The Coyotes Paul Bissonette did not escape the NHL’s wrath. Per a Monday evening report, Bissonette has been suspended for 10 regular-season games for leaving the bench on an illegal line change at 12:09 in the first period and then fighting with Nolan. Bissonette fought Nolan after the Kings forward started his first shift after leaving the penalty box.
It is reported that Bissonette will forfeit approximately $38,000 in salary due to his suspension and those funds will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. Bissonette is eligible to return to the ice for the Coyotes on their October 24th games against, ironically enough, the Kings.