The NHL might be on hiatus during the Olympics, but the Department of Player Safety never rests.

Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson will miss the first two games when NHL play resumes.   He’s been suspended for a nasty baseball-swing slash on Islander Frans Nielsen that happened on the last day of NHL hockey prior to the Olympic break.   Take a look at the incident via the NHL’s Department of Player Safety:

While Johnson will miss two games, his victim – New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen – will miss a bit more.

From the NHL:

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson has been suspended for two games, without pay, for slashing New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen during NHL Game No. 878 in New York on Saturday, Feb. 8, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.


The incident occurred at 12:09 of the third period. Johnson was assessed a minor penalty for slashing.


Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and based on his average annual salary, Johnson will forfeit $38,461.54. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.