Vermette was ejected against the
Under Category II of the NHL's Rule 40.3, "Any player who deliberately applies physical force to an official in any manner (excluding actions as set out in Category I), which physical force is applied without intent to injure, or who spits on an official, shall be automatically suspended for not less than ten (10) games."
Category I involves intent to injure and carries a 20-game suspension. Category III includes physically demeaning or threatening an official or throwing an object at an official and carries a three-game suspension.
Vermette, 34, has never been suspended and does not have a reputation for bad temper. He did not speak to reporters after the game. Perhaps the Ducks' best forward acquisition from last summer, he leads the NHL with a 62.4 percent faceoff winning percentage among players with at least 600 faceoffs taken this season.
The Ducks recalled right wing Corey Tropp. They could put defenseman