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Jamie Benn's punishment will only be monetary in nature, but is it enough of a kick in the Stars' collective pants to curb their discipline problem?
In the moment at the American Airlines Center Thursday night it felt as though Jamie Benn's unwarranted cross-check of Ryan Jones would result in significant league action on Brendan Shanahan's part, but the NHL took the drama out of today's disciplinary hearing, saying that only a fine would be levied.
The NHL released this yesterday
At 16:00 of the third period, Benn was assessed a major penalty and a game misconduct for a hit on the Oilers' Ryan Jones.
As per the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, Benn will have a fine hearing since half of his daily salary would be in excess of $5,000, the maximum fine amount.
So it will be a costly day for Jamie Benn's wallet, but not for the team's hopes against St. Louis tomorrow.
Mike Heika wonders if it's a necessary kick in the pants, and symbolic of a larger issue.
But the Stars center does expect to receive a pretty good talking-to from the NHL's director of player safety, Brendan Shanahan, in a phone review Saturday that could include a fine.
And that could be a good thing for the Stars. [DMN]
Read his exposition here, where he notes, as we have many times, that the Stars seemingly got rid of high penalty minutes players purposefully in the off-season and find themselves the most penalized team once again.
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