Leafs center banned 10 games for leaving bench

NEW YORK — The league suspended Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson for 10 regular-season games without pay for leaving the bench to take part in a fight.

The NHL announced the discipline Monday.

Clarkson's automatic suspension results from the game misconduct penalty he received for joining the brawl Sunday night during the third period of Toronto's 5-3 win over Buffalo.

The right wing, who signed a $36.75 million, seven-year contract in the offseason, will forfeit $269,230.80. He is eligible Oct. 25 at Columbus.

The league also suspended Canucks forward Zack Kassian for five regular-season games and the rest of preseason for a hit that broke the jaw of Edmonton forward Sam Gagner on Saturday. Kassian's teammate, forward Dale Weise, was banned for the preseason for a high hit on Taylor Hall in the same game, according to the Vancouver Province.

More Maple Leafs: Left wing Mason Raymond signed a one-year, $1 million contract.

Sharks: San Jose will be without forward Raffi Torres for the start of the season because of an injured right knee. Torres was hurt Friday night in a collision with Anaheim forward Emerson Etem. Torres and the Sharks will decide in the next few days if he needs surgery.

Blues: Veteran forward Brenden Morrow signed a one-year deal. Morrow, 34, had six goals and eight assists in his final 15 regular-season games with Pittsburgh, which acquired him last season from Dallas.

Monday's highlights: Center Chris Kelly scored 3:39 into overtime and defenseman Zdeno Chara had two goals to lead the visiting Bruins past the Capitals 3-2. … Matt Stajan had a goal and two assists and Karri Ramo made 27 saves to lead the host Flames past the Rangers 4-1. … Chicago's Bryan Bickell and Pittsburgh's Kris Letang scored twice apiece in regulation as the host Penguins beat the Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout. … Ryan White scored the winner in the third as the host Canadiens beat the Devils 3-2.

Leafs center banned 10 games for leaving bench 09/23/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 12:08am]

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