The NHL suspended Max Domi of the Arizona Coyotes for instigating a fight with Ryan Garbutt of the Ducks in the final five minutes of Thursday’s game at Glendale, Ariz. Domi objected to a hard but clean check Garbutt laid on the Coyotes’ Oliver Ekman-Larsson late in the Ducks’ 5-1 victory. Domi pursued Garbutt and began punching him after catching up along the boards. Garbutt didn’t fight back but was given a fighting major. Domi was penalized for instigating the fight and ejected.
Domi forfeits $4,641.58, with the money going to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
The Ducks traded speed for snarl Thursday, when they sent left wing Jiri Sekac to the Chicago Blackhawks for left wing Ryan Garbutt. Sekac had only one goal and three points in 22 games this season. Garbutt had two goals and six points in 43 games with the Blackhawks. Each player has been traded twice in the last 12 months. The Ducks got Sekac from the Montreal Canadiens last season. Garbutt went the other way in the trade that sent Patrick Sharp to Dallas from Chicago.
Sekac is eligible to become a restricted free agent at season’s end.
Garbutt has one season left on his contract, with a cap hit of $900,000.