Monday, May 19, 2008
Reports: After numerous NHL suspensions, Simon signs to play in Russia
ESPN.com news services
Enforcer Chris Simon, who may be best known for the length and frequency of his suspensions by the NHL for his on-ice tactics, has signed with Russian team Vityaz Chekhov, according to multiple media reports.
The move could signal an end to his NHL career.
Simon has a long history of run-ins with the league, including a 25-game suspension for a two-handed, stick-swinging attack on New York Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg last year while Simon played for the New York Islanders.
Simon was also suspended for 30 games after stomping on Jarkko Ruutu's leg in December.
During his 15-year career, Simon has been suspended eight times.
Last season, Simon had one goal and two assists in 38 games with the Islanders and Minnesota Wild. For his career, Simon has 144 goals, 161 assists and 1,824 penalty minutes in 782 NHL games.
Vityaz Chekhov plays in the Continental Hockey League, which was previously known as the Russian Super League.
The team's general manager is former NHL forward Alexei Zhamnov, who played with Simon in Chicago during the 2002-03 season.