Ottawa's Jarkko Ruutu
has been suspended for two games by the NHL for a biting incident that occurred in Tuesday night's loss to Buffalo.
Ruutu was suspended after a Wednesday morning's disciplinary hearing with NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell, a phone conversation between the two parties that began at 11:30 a.m.
In Tuesday's incident, Ruutu bit the gloved thumb of Buffalo's Andrew Peters
, breaking the skin's surface, during a first-period altercation at the 13:13 mark.
Ruutu will miss Thursday's game against Boston, the Northeast Division leader, and Saturday's home game against the New York Rangers
. He is eligible to return Jan. 13 against Carolina
It is the second time this season that Ruutu has been suspended this season. On Nov. 12, Ruutu earned a two-game ban for an elbow he delivered to the head of Montreal's Maxim Lapierre
in a Nov. 11 game.
Ruutu now is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Accordingly, he forfeits $31,707.32 in salary based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (186). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.