Colin Campbell had a busy weekend, first handing a four-game suspension to Atlanta Thrashers' Ben Eager, then topping that with a six-game banishment to Calgary's Tom Kostopoulos.
The NHL's disciplinarian delivered the news to Kostopoulos on Sunday, two days after the Flames forward's hit to Brad Stuart's head on Friday night left the Detroit Red Wings defenceman with a broken jaw.
"A number of factors were considered in reaching this decision," Campbell said in a statement released by the league. "Kostopoulos delivered a blow to the head of an unsuspecting and vulnerable player. As well, he targeted the head of his opponent and, while the hit was not from the blind side, the head was the principal point of contact.
"The fact that Brad Stuart was not in possession of the puck when the blow was delivered and the serious nature of the player's injury were also considered in my decision."
Kostopoulos and acting Flames general manager Jay Feaster released a statement maintaining the team's position that the hit was legal and thus the suspension unwarranted.
"I'm extremely disappointed in the league's ruling as I believe I have not done anything illegal," said Kostopoulos. "I'm sorry that Brad was hurt on the play and I hope he returns to play soon, but it was never my intention to injure him and I definitely did not target the head."
The Red Wings called for the league to come down hard on Kostopoulos, with Detroit head coach Mike Babcock saying Saturday, "If you make a stand hard enough when this stuff happens, this stuff won't happen."
Babcock also called Kostopoulos' hit "really disappointing" and "a needless play."
Earlier this season, Minnesota's Nick Schultz sustained a concussion following a Kostopoulos elbow.
Stuart is expected to be out of the Red Wings' lineup for a minimum of six weeks.
The 10-year NHL rearguard was caught with his head down in the third period of Friday's 5-4 shootout win at Calgary.
Stuart first helped prevent Flames forwards Jarome Iginla and Olli Jokinen from converting a two-on-two rush and then was drilled by Kostopoulos while searching for a loose puck.
He lay on the ice as Kostopoulos was assessed a minor penalty for roughing and left a trail of blood as Detroit training staff helped him off the ice.
Kostopoulos, who is in his first season with the Flames, reportedly waived his right to an in-person hearing with the NHL, no doubt realizing he would be suspended regardless.
The former Montreal Canadiens right-winger will lose $29,569.92 in salary during his suspension, which begins Tuesday when the Flames visit Carolina.
Kostopoulos will also miss Friday's trip to Ottawa, Saturday's game at Toronto and another road game against the Canadiens (Jan. 17), along with home games versus Minnesota (Jan. 19) and Dallas (Jan. 21).
In other Flames news, defenceman Brendan Mikkelson has been summoned from his conditioning stint with Abbotsford of the American Hockey League.
The Regina native picked up an assist in four games with the Heat. Mikkelson has one helper in 15 contests with Calgary since he was claimed off waivers from Anaheim on Oct. 19.