Ducks' Vermette suspended 10 games for abuse of official

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Anaheim Ducks forward Antoine Vermette has been suspended 10 games - without pay - for abuse of official, the league announced Thursday.

The suspension stems from an incident Tuesday versus the Minnesota Wild that saw Vermette slash a linesman after losing a faceoff.

Vermette will forfeit just shy of $100,000 for the infraction. Meanwhile, it's expected he will appeal the suspension and both he and the club will not speak on the suspension until the matter is resolved.

Vermette has contributed eight goals and 22 points this season. The team will play their first game sans the 34-year-old Friday against the Florida Panthers.