Simon took a paid leave from the Islanders on Monday, agreeing
with the team that he needed time away from hockey after he stomped
on Pittsburgh forward Jarkko Ruutu during a 3-2 loss to the
Penguins on Saturday.
Simon missed the first five games of this season while
completing a 25-game ban -- his sixth NHL suspension -- handed out in
With the Islanders trailing 3-2 late, Simon drew a match penalty
when he pulled out Ruutu's leg with his, sending the forward to his
knees between the team benches. Simon then stepped on the back of
Ruutu's leg with his skate.
Simon was ejected and the Islanders were a man short for all but
the final 54 seconds of the game.