Rasmus Andersson will find $5000 missing from his bank account tomorrow. The NHL fined the Flames defenceman $5000, the maximum amount, for a roughing penalty he took in the first period of Calgary’s 5-2 loss to Edmonton Saturday night. Andersson, and a few teammates, thought Jacob Markstrom took a stick, courtesy of Kailer Yamamoto under the chin in a scrum in front of the net. Andersson would be partially right as a Flames player would lift Yamamot’s stick up into Markstrom’s mug and after that it all broke loose after the whistle. Andersson got right in Kailer’s face, appeared to head butt him and then started throwing fists. Yamamoto clearly wanted no part of the scenario and Andersson was on his way to the bin for 4 minutes thanks to roughing and elbowing minors.
The NHL reviewed the play and today decided that Rasmus Andersson had not only earned his four minutes, but also earned a fine of $5000 for his efforts. No suspension will be levied, which is good news for the Flames and Andersson. Here’s a look at the mess if you haven’t seen it yet:
Player Safety may want to have another look at this one. Flames’ Andersson head-butts Oilers’ Yamamoto.#CGYvsEDM @NHLPlayerSafety pic.twitter.com/20ph01E30v
— Scouting The Refs (@ScoutingTheRefs) October 17, 2021
Andersson defended himself and had this to say about the play:
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Here’s Rasmus Andersson’s full account of what happened with Edmonton’s Kailer Yamamoto on Saturday night.
Andersson was assessed a double minor on the play (elbowing and roughing) and fined $5000 by the league. #Flames pic.twitter.com/Z3vBi1C8o4
— Pat Steinberg (@Fan960Steinberg) October 17, 2021