On Monday, Jan. 6, it was reported that Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers will be suspended for seven games for an illegal hit to the head of New Jersey Devils forward Dainius Zubrus during a game on Jan. 4.
The incident occurred 7:02 into the third period and Myers was assessed a two-minute minor penalty for the hit.
Under the terms of the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, Myers will forfeit $84,615.39 of his salary. The money will go to the NHL’s Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
This is the second suspension of Myers’ career, previously serving three games for a boarding incident in March of 2012 involving then Montreal Canadiens forward Scott Gomez. However, this incident falls outside the 18-month period that would make him considered a repeat offender under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, thus not affecting the length of this current suspension.
Myers will be eligible to return to the Sabres lineup on Tuesday, Jan 14, when the team hosts the Philadelphia Flyers at 7:30 p.m. Eastern at the First Niagara Center.