Edmonton Oilers defenseman Andy Sutton has been suspended without pay by the NHL for eight games for charging Carolina’s Alexei Ponikarovsky on Wednesday night.
The suspension Saturday will cost Sutton $207,317. He was given a minor penalty for boarding on the play in the third period of the Oilers’ 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes.
Suspended for the second time in the past 18 months, Sutton is classified as a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. He was suspended for five games Nov. 1 for an illegal hit to the head against Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog.