John Scott faces no supplemental discipline. That is the only welcome news for Sabres fans, as the NHL closed the book on the Sabres-Maple Leafs brawl for now. The league ruled that Sabres coach Ron Rolston will be fined and that Toronto forward Phil Kessel will be suspended for the remainder of the preseason.
While it's not ludicrous for the league to fine a coach when his team insights a brawl that led to 211 penalty minutes, the description of the fine raises some eyebrows. Rolston was fined for "player selection and team conduct." That wording is curious at best, seing as how Rolston was the road team and did not have the final change. While it's obvious that he put Scott on the ice with the intention of addressing the injury to Corey Tropp, there was still 9:59 left in the hockey game. This does not fall into the the "late fight" category.
As part of the video announcing Kessel's suspension, Brendan Shanahan noted that Kessel had a similar stick-swinging incident against the Flyers earlier this preseason. He noted that the first swing may have been self defense, but that the second was certainly not. However, all of that was not enough to warrant a ban on any regular season games. Three preseason games will be the end of it.
The Sabres and Maple Leafs face off for the first time this season on November 15 in Buffalo. You can bet that the league will be watching that one closely.