McLennan suspended, Flames fined
Calgary goalie Jamie McLennan has been suspended five games for slashing Johan Franzen late in Game 5 of the Flames-Red Wings playoff series.
Calgary Flames goaltender Jamie McLennan has been suspended five games, Calgary coach Jim Playfair has been fined $25,000 and the Flames' organization has been fined $100,000 for a variety of actions late in Game Five of the team's Western Conference Quarter-final series against the Detroit Red Wings.
McLennan was assessed a Match Penalty for slashing Detroit's Johan Franzen at 17:01 of the third period, one of four different penalties the Flames were assessed for aggressive and illegal use of the stick (slashing or cross-checking) in the closing minutes of play. The Red Wings led 5-1 at the time.
On Sunday afternoon the Flames issued a statement pertaining to the league's ruling.
"The League disciplinary process and their decisions are not the primary issue for our organization today," the statement reads.
"We are focused solely on our game this evening. With respect to the League's decisions, we are disappointed with their ruling.
Our organization disagrees with the conclusions drawn but will abide with the disciplinary measures assessed."
Just prior to the game, McLennan, too, issued a statement."I'm surprised by the ruling but will adhere to it because of my respect for the League and the Flames organization," said McLennan.
"My record as a professional athlete speaks for itself and indicates that there was never any intention to injure an opponent. My goal still is to support my teammates as I have all year. The focus is tonight's game and I don't want this to be a distraction to our playoff success."
"In our pre-playoff conference calls with the coaches and General Managers of the respective organizations, we addressed a number of topics – and one of them was actions late in the game when the score was out of hand," said Colin Campbell, NHL Senior Executive Vice president and Director of Hockey Operations.
"The coach and the organization must be held accountable for the players' actions."
McLennan's suspension begins with Game Six of the series, April 22, in Calgary.
The Flames recalled Brent Krahn from Omaha (AHL) to replace McLennan.