Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post is reporting this morning that Washington Capitals Star forward Evgeny Kuznetsov will indeed be suspended by the NHL, for “conduct detrimental to the league”.
The number of games has yet to be released, but it will be no more than three games. The formal announcement will be coming later today.
Breaking: Evgeny Kuznetsov to be suspended by the NHL. Won’t be more than three games. Announcement coming today. https://t.co/kDS1xgbYgn
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) September 14, 2019
This NHL suspension comes after Kuznetsov had a meeting with commissioner Gary Bettman to review his conduct on Monday.
Kuznetsov tested positive for cocaine use at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in May and was suspended from all international competition until 2023.
If Kuznetsov is suspended the full three games, he would miss the season opener in St. Louis, the Capitals’ visit to the Islanders and the home opener vs. Carolina.
UPDATE: 10:30 AM
The NHL made its official release at 10:30 AM This morning. The suspension will be for three games. Kuznetsov will not appeal 3 game suspension:
The National Hockey League announced today that Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has been suspended, without pay, for three regular-season games for inappropriate conduct. The Commissioner’s determination came following an in-person meeting in New York on Monday, Sept. 9 with Kuznetsov and NHLPA representatives.
Kuznetsov has informed the League through the NHLPA that he will not be appealing his suspension. The League will have no further comment.
Per a team official, Kuznetsov's cap hit will NOT count against the cap during his suspension. That is really good news Washington.
— JJ Regan (@JJReganNBCS) September 14, 2019
We will update as more information becomes available.