The largest suspension that Komarov could have received was five games and, after his phone hearing with the league today at 1:30 PM ET, he has received a three game ban for clearly targeting the head of the recently concussed Ryan McDonagh.
Here is the video released by the NHL's Department of Player Safety on the play in question.
Ryan McDonagh did not return to the game as a precaution. We will update you if there is any news on the health of the Rangers' captain and top pair defender.
Here is an excerpt from the league's press release on the decision on Komarov's elbow to McDonagh.
MAPLE LEAFS' KOMAROV SUSPENDED THREE GAMES FOR ELBOWING
NEW YORK (Feb. 19, 2016) – Toronto Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov
has been suspended for three games, without pay, for elbowing New York
Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh during NHL game No. 860 in Toronto on
Thursday, Feb. 18, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety
The incident occurred at 18:58 of the first period. Komarov was
assessed a match penalty for illegal check to the head.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on
his average annual salary, Komarov will forfeit $47,580.66. The money goes
to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
So, Banter readers, did Komarov get off easy? Too easy? Let me know what you think in the comments.