The National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety has announced discipline for a vicious slash that occurred over the week-end.
According to an official press release from Player Safety, Columbus Blue Jackets' defenseman David Savard has been assessed a $5,000 fine for the two-handed chop he delivered to the hands of Florida Panthers center Vincent Trocheck. $5,000 is the maximum fine allowed under the current collective bargaining agreement.
The slash was by no means a hockey play, and it seems quite clear from the video replay that Savard's only motive on the play was an attempt to injure Trocheck. It is for this reason that many were hoping the Blue Jackets blue liner would be receive at least 1 game as opposed to just the fine.
When you consider just how hard the league has been cracking down on slashing this season, to allow a play like this to go relatively unpunished is more than a little surprising, especially when you consider that the slash happened away from the puck.
That being said this is now a strike against Savard's record, and should he commit another offense he will now be considered a repeat offender under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.
Do you agree with the fine? Should Savard have gotten more for his slash to Trocheck's hands? Watch the replay and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.