Video: NHL suspends Farnham four games, Tootoo out for tonight

On Tuesday, Jan. 12, Devils forward Bobby Farnham delivered a retaliatory cheap shot on an unsuspecting Blues forward Dmitrij Jaskin resulting in a five-minute interference major and misconduct. He had a hearing with the NHL yesterday to determine supplementary discipline. The Department of Player Safety determined that Farnham is suspended four games.

In the above video, the Department of Player Safety explains in detail the severity of the hit to Jaskin, who had already released the puck and wasn’t eligible to be checked. After taking a clean hit from St. Louis defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, Farnham lost his discipline and went after the closest Blue for retribution. He delivered a dangerous high hit that could’ve resulted in injury a full second after Jaskin had gotten rid of the puck. Fortunately, he was able to return to the game.

Regarding the suspension, Farnham had no prior history in 38 NHL games. However, the league came down hard on him for a reckless hit that has no place in hockey. Not only will he serve four games but also cough up $12,365.60 in salary which will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. That’s pretty costly. Especially for a player who earns $575,000 this season. He won’t appeal the decision.

I probably would’ve given him two games instead of four. He was a first time offender. The NHL had already assessed Farnham a $2,000 fine for diving/embellishment. So, he was being watched. While I agree that it was a bad hit, giving him four seems excessive. What would you expect from a league that’s never consistent when it comes to discipline.

The Devils claimed Farnham off waivers from the Penguins. He’s been a solid contributor scoring seven goals with an assist and 44 penalty minutes in 24 contests. Prior to playing for New Jersey, the 26-year old from North Andover, Massachusetts had never registered a point in 14 total games with the Pens. He’s made the most of his opportunity with the Devs. But silly acts like the other night won’t help him stay in the NHL.

Due to Farnham’s selfishness, he watched Blues enforcer Ryan Reaves deck Jordin Tootoo during a one-sided fight. Reaves gave Tootoo an extra shot with him already down. A no no in The Code. Reaves later admitted that he waited six years to avenge a cheap shot he sustained from Tootoo as a rookie.

“To be honest, I’ve been waiting for that one for about six years because he had a little cheap shot on me in my first year,” Reaves told Tom Gulitti. “I told him it was going to come and it came. That was long-awaited.”

Tootoo didn’t take the morning skate and is out for tonight’s game at Colorado. He had sinus issue prior to the road trip. That leaves the Devils short a forward. It looks like they’ll go with 11 and seven defensemen.

Somewhat curiously, the NHL also fined Tootoo $2,000 for diving/embellishment. He had been warned before. Guess the league doesn’t like the Devils much.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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4 Responses to Video: NHL suspends Farnham four games, Tootoo out for tonight

  1. hasan4978 says:

    I don’t think it’s so much an anti-Devil bias as it is an anti-non star bias. Chris Pronger probably gets one game for that. I guess that play was sort of the inevitable reminder of what Farnham was before he came here though. I’m glad he’s not appealing, I’d hate to think the new regime was more tolerant of that nonsense than the old regime.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. hasan4978 says:

    How do you upload videos? I can’t auto-do it anymore by putting the URL into the video section.


    • Derek Felix says:

      okay. What you have to do is go back to signing in on the old WP. Do it that way. Go to the WP at the top. And go into the post or start it that way than rather the new format. Old format. You can still upload videos and tweets. If you have any issues, let me know.


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