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Hartman suspended for footwork at DeBrincat

Hartman suspended for footwork at DeBrincat

Minnesota Wild forward Ryan Hartman was suspended two games on Monday after hitting Detroit Red Wings leading scorer Alex DeBrincat in Sunday’s 4-1 loss at Detroit. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Hartman was considered a repeat offender after being suspended for one game in April for interfering with Winnipeg’s Nikolaj Ehlers. That means he suspended based on games in a season rather than days. Based on his salary, Hartman will lose $20,731.70 per game or $41,463.41 in total.
  • This is Hartman’s third suspension in his 10-year career. The NHL says he has also been fined six times before.
  • Hartman will miss this week’s games against St. Louis and Nashville.

What predicament does this put the Wild in?

A big one for a team that has lost seven in a row. The Wild only have enough cap space to afford another $822,000 minor league hockey player. So unless the Wild go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen on Tuesday against the Blues, the Wild will have to call up a forward and eat up most of their available cap space during Hartman’s suspension.

Additionally, during Hartman’s absence, the Wild will be one short-term injury away from having to play without a player for one game (they did so in a win in Montreal last month) before entering an emergency withdrawal situation that will allow players earning $875,000 or less (league minimum salary plus $100,000) to retire. Hartman, who plays on the edge and sometimes crosses the line, will have to be squeaky clean for another 18 months until his repeat offender status expires.

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