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Stifled Bell

New Jersey Day is ruined.

15 games without pay is a fair punishment and the commish is hoping that it sends a message to the rest of the league:

"Playing in the National Hockey League is a privilege, and with that privilege comes a corresponding responsibility for exemplary conduct off the ice as well as on it," said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

"However, over the past year, Mark has made extraordinary strides in his rehabilitation," added Bettman. "This positive progress was a material factor in reducing what could have been a lengthier suspension."

Bob McKenzie thinks that Rick Tocchet needs to look out but based on this I can only assume that Jay Bouwmeester will soon get at least 15 games for his DUI.

The suspension should create a bit more competition at training camp as the forwards fight it out for their spots. Salmelainen will be among those looking to make their mark.

Update: Mirtle has a good look at the suspension and wonders how the penalty for Bell was decided upon compared to the Heatley, White, Belfour (which one), and the aforementioned Bouwmeester cases.