Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is scheduled to have a disciplinary hearing over the phone with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Sunday to discuss the charging penalty he received in Saturday’s 4-2 loss at Los Angeles.
Shattenkirk was penalized for charging Kings defenseman Kevin Gravel late in the third period. The penalty was Shattenkirk’s third of the game.
On the play, Shattenkirk appeared to launch himself into Gravel, who was shaken up but remained in the game.
Shattenkirk, a seven-year veteran, does not have a history of being disciplined by the NHL. The hearing is set for Saturday afternoon, the league announced.
With the Caps set to play in Anaheim at 9:30 p.m., the NHL is expected to hand down its decision prior to the opening faceoff.
Shattenkirk has four assists in six games with the Caps, who acquired the 28-year-old puck-moving D-man from the Blues at the trade deadline earlier this month. If he is suspended, Coach Barry Trotz could turn to either Nate Schmidt or Taylor Chorney to take Shattenkirk’s spot.
The hearing is the first for a Capitals’ player all season.
Nate Schmidt, freshly claimed by the Las Vegas Knights in the NHL Expansion Draft, is now drawing interest from the Toronto Maple Leafs, according to a report from TVA's Louis Jean.
Given the wheeling and dealing around the expansion draft, it's certainly possible the Knights chose Schmidt with plans of sending him to Toronto all along.
But the eyebrow-raising part of this report is the supposed asking price – a second-round pick. The Capitals almost certainly could have negotiated a better deal with Las Vegas to keep Schmidt.
George McPhee, general manager of the Knights, signed Schmidt as an undrafted free agent in his previous role as Caps GM.
McPhee was quoted before the expansion draft as saying other teams could negotiate to hold onto their players. And Schmidt's potential to be a top-four defenseman as soon as next year should have incentivized Washington to do whatever it took to secure his future in D.C.
So either this report is questionable or the Capitals weren't willing to give up more than Toronto (a second-round pick) to keep Schmidt.
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