Wild’s Staubitz suspended three games

The NHL hit Minnesota Wild forward Brad Staubitz hard,

suspending him for the rest of the preseason and the first three

regular-season games for an illegal check on Columbus’ Cody Bass

from behind.

Brendan Shanahan, the league’s new senior vice president of

player safety, handed down the punishment on Monday for Staubitz’s

hit against Bass in a game on Friday. Bass was injured when

Staubitz hit him and sent him into the glass.

Staubitz, who was given a major penalty and game misconduct for

checking from behind, will lose $9,324.33 for the suspension and

not be eligible to return until Oct. 13 when the Wild host


”You’ve just got to be conscious all the time of what you’re

doing. It’s tough. You’ve got to play hard, especially in the role

that I’m in,” Staubitz said Monday after practice, before the

punishment was levied. ”It’s a narrow line.”