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.