NEW YORK (AP) — Toronto Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson has been suspended 10 regular-season games without pay for leaving the bench to take part in a fight.
The NHL announced the discipline Monday.
Clarkson's automatic suspension results from the game misconduct penalty he received for joining the brawl Sunday night during the third period of Toronto's 5-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
The right winger signed a $36.75 million, seven-year contract with Toronto in the offseason and will forfeit $269,230.80 of his salary. He is eligible to make his Leafs debut Oct. 25 at Columbus.
The NHL also suspended Vancouver Canucks forward Zack Kassian for five regular-season games and the rest of preseason for a hit that broke the jaw of Edmonton forward Sam Gagner on Saturday.