Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Ian Cole has been fined $5,000 by the NHL Department of Player Safety for a "dangerous trip" on Vancouver Canucks forward Brandon Sutter on Saturday.

The fine is the maximum amount allowed under the current collective bargaining agreement.

Cole, 29, has five goals and 15 assists over 64 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Jackets this season. 

Sutter, 29, has 10 goals and 13 assists over 58 games with the Canucks this season.