Michael Cammalleri and the Canadiens will both pay a price for his
uncharacteristic attack on Islanders’ rookie Nino Niederreiter Saturday
night in Quebec City.
The league announced Monday 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
The suspension was announced shortly after 3 p.m.,
three hours after Cammalleri spoke by phone to NHL vice-president Colin
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.
terms of the Collective Agreement, and based on his average
annual salary, Cammalleri will forfeit $32,258.06. The money goes to the
Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. Capgeek calculates Cammalleri’s fine as being equivalent to $268.81 for a person making $50,000 before taxes.
Cammalleri left the arena
in Clermont after practice Monday 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 Tuesday.
Before the suspension was announced, head 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 Tuesday.