The Olympic Break just got a little longer for Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson.
Johnson has been suspended two games by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for his slash on the New York Islanders Frans Nielsen. It is the first suspension of Johnson’s career.
For the Department of Player Safety’s explanation for the suspension, just click here.
By watching the video, you can see that the slash Johnson laid on Nielsen was pretty violent and definitely deserved a suspension. A player that has been in the NHL for seven seasons should definitely know better than to slash a player like that.
As the video says, Nielsen was injured on the play. Nielsen reportedly has a broken hand as a result of the play. If that’s true, the Islanders will have lost one of their better players for much longer than just the Olympic break.
As part of the suspension, Johnson will lose $38,461.54 per the Collective Bargaining Agreement. As with all player suspensions, the money will donated to the Player’s Emergency Assistance Fund.
This suspension is badly timed for Johnson. Already having two and a half weeks off because of the Olympic break, he will now have to wait even longer before he can get back into an NHL game. The first game he will be eligible to play in will be on March 2.
With that much of a wait in between games, Johnson will have to get to work to get back into game action. The Colorado Avalanche sure hope that he can do that quickly.