Cammalleri slash proves costly

Michael Cammalleri and the Canadiens will both pay a price for his uncharacteristic attack on Islanders’ rookie Nino Niederreiter Satrurday night in Quebec City.

The league announced today that Cammalleri will be suspended one game which means that the team won’t have him in the lineup for the regular-season opener Thursday in his hometown of Toronto.

 The suspension was announced shortly after 3 p.m., three hours after Cammalleri spoke by phone to NHL vice-president Colin Campball.

Cammalleri, who led Canadiens in scoring in the playofs,  received a five-minute major and game misconduct on the play, which occurred with 3:08 left in the second period.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Cammalleri will forfeit $32,258.06. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Cammalleri left the arena in Clermont after practice yesterday and went directly to the team bus where he talked to Campbell. He emerged from the bus to sign autographs for fans but said he wouldn’t discuss the Niedereitter incident until tomorrow.

Before the suspension was announced, coach Jacques Martin cited Cammaleri’s clean record in the past and hoped that he would escape a suspension.  A team spokesman said Martin wouldn’t have any further comment until tomorrow.

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