No suspension for Bayda
Posted May 22, 2009
Hurricanes forward Ryan Bayda will not be suspended for Game 3 against Pittsburgh, the NHL announced.
The league chose only to fine Bayda $2500 -- the maximum fine allowed under NHL rules -- for high sticking the Penguins' Kris Letang late during Carolina's 7-4 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
The incident led to multiple fights. Bayda received a match penalty, and Letang drew a game misconduct.
Rule 21.2 in the NHL Rulebook states that "any player who receives a match penalty "shall be automatically suspended from further competition until the Commissioner has ruled on the issue." But Colin Campbell, the NHL's Senior Executive Vice President for Hockey Operations, made the decision to rescind Bayda's suspension and fine him the maximum amount..
Bayda has 2 goals and 2 assists in 13 playoff games for the Canes this year.