Well, perhaps we an all move on now. The NHL has heeded the battle cry of Steve Ott, and has suspended Dany Heatley for two games. Heatley was called for interference when he elbowed Ott in the head in the third period, well away from the play.
Ott was very vocal on his thoughts after the game, saying that the if the NHL was serious about hits to the head Heatley would be suspended. Well, he got his wish.
How about the Stars respond on the ice, now? Let's move on and play some hockey.
From the NHL's press release:
TORONTO (March 16, 2011) - San Jose Sharks forward Dany Heatley has been suspended for two games and will forfeit $80,645.16 in salary for delivering an elbow to the head of Dallas Stars player Steve Ott in NHL game #1049 last night, the National Hockey League announced today.
Heatley's fine is based on his average annual salary and is calculated under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
The incident occurred at 15:54 of the third period and Heatley was assessed a minor penalty for interference.
Heatley will miss the Sharks' next two games -- March 17 against Minnesota and March 19 against St. Louis. He will be eligible to return March 23 against Calgary.