The Ducks will be without one of their best faceoff men, a trusted veteran, as they begin a long-awaited home stint.
Center Antoine Vermette was suspended 10 games for abuse of an official, the NHL announced Thursday, but Vermette will appeal the first suspension of his 12-year career. He will have an in-person hearing with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, followed by a hearing with an independent arbitrator. Bettman could then sustain, increase or decrease the suspension.
If the 10-game ban holds, Vermette would forfeit $97,222.22 in salary and be eligible to return on March 12.
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