NHL fines Blue Jackets D Savard $5,000 for slashing

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard was fined $5,000 by the NHL on Monday for slashing in Sunday’s game.

Savard was fined the maximum amount allowed under the collective bargaining agreement for slashing Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck in the third period of the game in Columbus as the Blue Jackets pulled out a 3-2 shootout win.

No penalty was called on the play, but video showed Savard coming down hard with his stick on Trocheck’s hands in back of the Blue Jackets’ goal cage.

The league’s department of player safety has been cracking down on slashing this season with fines because of potential serious injuries. The money from the fines go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

In 42 games this season, the 27-year-old Savard has two goals, six assists and 22 penalty minutes.

–Field Level Media

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