Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky was fined $10,000, the maximum allowed under the new NHL collective bargaining agreement, on Wednesday for boarding Los Angeles defenseman Rob Scuderi in Columbus’ 4-2 loss to the Kings on Tuesday. Dubinsky will not be suspended.
The incident occurred at 11:29 of the second period and set off a rash of penalties. Not long after, Dubinsky and Los Angeles forward Mike Richards fought. All told, 37 minutes in penalties were handed out, and Dubinsky was assessed a major penalty for the original incident as well as a game misconduct.
The fine money will be sent to the NHL players’ emergency assistance fund.
Dubinsky was acquired over the summer from the New York Rangers in the trade for forward Rick Nash. He has four points this season.
The Blue Jackets also announced Wednesday that they have assigned center Ryan Johansen to their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass.
Johansen, 20, has two assists in 10 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He had 14 goals and 13 assists in 34 games with Springfield before the belated start of the NHL season.
He won eight of nine faceoffs in more than 16 minutes on the ice Tuesday night.
Johansen was Columbus’ first pick, fourth overall, in the 2010 NHL draft.