SAN JOSE, Calif. — The NHL threw the book at Raffi Torres on Monday, suspending the Sharks forward 41 games for his illegal hit on Jakob Silfverberg in San Jose's final preseason game.
It's the second-longest suspension in league history.
Torres will miss half of the regular season and forfeit $440,860.29, according to terms of the NHL's collective bargaining agreement with the players association. It's the fifth time Torres has been suspended in his NHL career.
Pending word on whether the Sharks or the union will appeal the length of Torres' suspension, he would be eligible to return Jan. 14. Torres hit Silfverberg with 7:15 to go in the first period Saturday against the Ducks.
Canadiens: Forward Zack Kassian entered a substance abuse program after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Kassian, 24, is in "Stage Two of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program," according to a statement from the NHL and NHLPA. He is suspended without pay. Kassian broke his nose and left foot in the crash early Sunday in Montreal. Two women with him in the vehicle suffered non-life threatening injuries.