NHL notebook: Caps’ Wilson appealing suspension

NHL notebook: Caps’ Wilson appealing suspension
By Reuters

06/10/2018 at 01:15Updated 06/10/2018 at 01:17

Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has appealed the 20-game suspension he received Wednesday from the NHL's Department of Player Safety for a check to the head of St.

Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist.

After Capitals coach Todd Reirden made the suspension known Thursday, the NHL
Players Association confirmed the filing of an appeal Friday on Wilson's

Wilson had an in-person hearing with the league Wednesday and had 48 hours
from the time of receiving the suspension to provide an appeal in writing to
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who would be the first to review the case.

If the full suspension is upheld, Wilson would forfeit nearly $1.3 million in
pay and be ineligible to play until Nov. 21, when the Capitals face the
Chicago Blackhawks.

--New Jersey Devils forward Jesper Bratt was placed on injured reserve, one
day after suffering a broken jaw when struck by a puck during practice.

The 20-year-old Bratt is expected to miss two to three weeks, beginning with
Saturday's opener against the Edmonton Oilers in Gothenburg, Sweden.

"He has a fracture, and no surgery is needed so that's good news," New Jersey
coach John Hynes told reporters. "He should be able to continue his physical
activity over the course of (rehab) and he'll be back ready to go when the
time comes."

--The Calgary Flames placed defenseman Travis Hamonic on injured reserved with
a facial fracture. The move is retroactive to Oct. 3.

The 28-year-old Hamonic, in his ninth NHL season but just his second with the
Flames, was injured Wednesday in the 5-2 season-opening loss to the Vancouver
Canucks. He is out week to week, according to the Flames.

Hamonic was involved in a fight with Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson in the
first period of Wednesday's game.

--Field Level Media