Kings' Jarret Stoll faces hearing, possible suspension
Kings center Jarret Stoll has a telephone hearing with NHL executives scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday to discuss his dangerous hit on San Jose defenseman Ian White during the first period of the Sharks' 3-2 overtime victory Thursday at HP Pavilion.
Given the NHL's emphasis on eliminating head shots and hits from behind, it wouldn’t be surprising if Stoll was suspended for Game 2, to be played Saturday in San Jose.
No penalty was called on the play, but the NHL can and does review plays to determine if supplementary discipline is warranted in the form of fines or suspensions. Stoll isn't a dirty player, but this was an ugly hit. White didn't return to the game after the hit, and Sharks Coach Todd McLellan said he would be monitored closely Friday.
The Kings will practice at 1:45 p.m. Friday at Sharks Ice, the Sharks' practice facility.
If Stoll is suspended, would it make sense for the Kings to call up prize prospect Brayden Schenn, who was assigned to Manchester of the American Hockey League after his junior team's season ended? That's the question of the day -- and we hope to have an answer later.
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-- Helene Elliott in San Jose
Photo: Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll (28) passes the puck down ice against the Anaheim Ducks during a game at the Staples Center April 9, 2011. Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea / US Presswire