BUFFALO — The NHL is holding Sabres coach Ron Rolston partially responsible for a brawl that broke out during a preseason game against Toronto.
The league fined Rolston an undisclosed amount Tuesday for "player selection and team conduct." The NHL determined that Rolston was partially to blame for the melee that broke out midway through the third period of Toronto's 5-3 victory on Sunday.
In the meantime, Rolston told the Associated Press earlier in the day that forward Corey Tropp is out indefinitely while being evaluated for a possible concussion. Tropp was hurt and his head bloodied following a fight with Toronto's Jamie Devane that eventually sparked the melee.
On the next faceoff, Sabres enforcer John Scott initiated the line-brawl when he tried to go after Toronto forward Phil Kessel before a faceoff. That prompted a series of fights that involved all 12 players — including both goalies — and led to 211 penalty minutes and three ejections.
Rolston spoke to the AP before the NHL announced it had fined the coach. He called the brawl "an unfortunate incident for everybody."
Meanwhile, Leafs forward David Clarkson said he won't appeal his 10-game suspension for jumping off the bench to join the brawl, Rogers Sportsnet reported.
Devils: Forward Jaromir Jagr practiced for the first time after missing nearly two weeks because of an injured hip and back. The 41-year-old said he'd like to play one preseason game. Also, New Jersey signed Damien Brunner, 27, after he reached a tryout agreement this month. In 44 games last season with the Red Wings, Brunner had 12 goals and 14 assists, then added a team-leading five goals in 14 playoff games.
Predators: Forward Viktor Stalberg left injured early in the first period of the preseason game against the Lightning. Stalberg was checked by Dmitry Korobov inside the Lightning zone 5:39 into the game. Stalberg skated off favoring his right arm and went straight to the locker room.
Ducks: Defenseman and first-round pick Shea Theodore signed a three-year entry-level deal.
Tuesday's preseason highlights: Mike Sislo scored the winner at 7:34 of the third for the visiting Devils in a 2-1 victory over the Flyers. … Colin Greening scored the winner at 8:43 of the third as the visiting Senators defeated the Maple Leafs 3-2. It was Toronto's first game since Sunday's brawl with Buffalo, which resulted in suspensions for Clarkson and Kessel as well as the fine for Sabres coach Rolston.