The issue of Dustin Brown using his elbow as a means to “counter-hit” an advancing Jason Pominville is raised by NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan in the video, which takes into account Pominville’s injury and Brown’s clean history.
Under terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Dustin Brown will forfeit $34,324.32 to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. This is the first time Brown has been suspended or fined in his NHL career.
This will present a challenge for a Kings team playing on the second game of a back-to-back in Detroit tonight, followed by a home game against San Jose on Saturday that has the potential to determine whether the Kings will receive home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Brown ranks second on the team with 18 goals; the other three skaters who traditionally line up as left wings – Dustin Penner, Dwight King and Kyle Clifford – have combined for 11. Tyler Toffoli, called up Wednesday, played right wing almost exclusively in Manchester this season and has sporadic experience on the left side since the start of his junior hockey career.
Earlier this month, Darryl Sutter indicated that a position switch to left wing is likely to be in the cards for Toffoli, the Kings’ top offensive prospect.