J.F. Jacques of the Anaheim Ducks is facing potential supplementary discipline from the NHL as a result of his actions in a pre-season game Saturday night against the Vancouver Canucks.
Jacques is expected to receive an automatic one-(preseason) game suspension for being assessed an instigator penalty in the final five minutes of the game, and Anaheim head coach Randy Carlyle is also likely to receive the $10,000 fine that is part of that rule.
But Jacques could be facing additional discipline.
While league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan has the power to rescind the automatic penalties on the instigator if he feels they're not warranted, there is no reason to believe that will happen in this instance.
But Shanahan must also decide what, if any, punishment Jacques will receive for apparently violating rule 70, which applies to any player who on a legal line change comes onto the ice for the expressed purpose of starting a fight.
Jacques came off the bench on a legal line change but immediately made a beeline to Vancouver's Mike Duco for the purposes of starting a fight.
There is no prescribed punishment for violation of this rule and any action is at the discretion of Shanahan, who has already suspended two players in the pre-season and has another two suspension cases pending.