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Updated: September 26th, 2011 9:24pm
NHL suspends Wild's Brad Staubitz for three regular-season games

NHL suspends Wild's Brad Staubitz for three regular-season games

by Judd Zulgad
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The NHL has suspended Minnesota Wild forward Brad Staubitz for the remainder of the preseason and the first three games of the regular season for an illegal hit from behind on Columbus' Cody Bass last Friday during a preseason game at Xcel Energy Center.

NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan announced the suspension on Monday.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Staubitz will lose $9,324.33. That money will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Staubitz hit Bass from behind and into the glass late in the third period. Bass was injured on the play and the hit drew blood. Staubitz was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for checking from behind.

Staubitz missed the Wild's preseason game at Pittsburgh on Saturday and will sit out exhibitions Tuesday against St. Louis, Thursday at Columbus and Friday against Edmonton.

He also will miss regular-season games Oct. 8 against Columbus, Oct. 10 at the New York Islanders and Oct. 11 at Ottawa. Staubitz will be eligible to return Oct. 13 against Edmonton.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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