The AHL has just announced that Milwaukee Admirals center Vladislav Kamenev has been suspended for the next two games in connection to his boarding incident that took place Thursday night against the Manitoba Moose.
Press Release via AHL:
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today announced that Milwaukee Admirals center Vladislav Kamenev has been suspended for two (2) games as a consequence of a boarding incident in a game vs. Manitoba on Oct. 29.
Kamenev was suspended under the provisions of AHL Rule 28.1 (supplementary discipline). He will miss Milwaukee’s games tonight (Oct. 31) and Thursday (Nov. 5) at Iowa.
In addition, Grand Rapids Griffins left wing Tyler Bertuzzi and Toronto Marlies center Sam Carrick have been suspended pending the league’s review of their actions during a game between their teams on Oct. 30.
As I made mention in the Game Recap on Thursday – I didn’t really get a good look at the incident as it happened. The AHL reviewing the play evidently has and saw fit to slap a two-game suspension on Kamenev. The only thing I saw at the time was that Matt Fraser was down and hurt badly enough that the trainer and two teammates needed to escort him off the ice – and that players in Manitoba blue were not happy with the Russian centerman. Fraser didn’t return to the game and he also did not play yesterday when the Moose played against the Chicago Wolves.
With Kamenev suspended these next two games, both road games for the Admirals against the Iowa Wild, it would seem likely that Jamie Devane comes in on the wing and either Cody Bass or Frédérick Gaudreau setup at center. My guess would be Bass assumes the center role while Kamenev is out. You do hope this isn’t something that hangs over the head of the young Russian and also doesn’t become the start of any sort of bad reputation against him. Not having witnessed the play or been privileged to see a replay I can’t assign how bad the hit was. I leave that up to the officials and the AHL. And this is what they’ve judged to be appropriate punishment.