BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The NHL is reviewing whether to penalize the Vancouver Canucks for tampering after general manager Jim Benning expressed interest in acquiring players under contract, including Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said on Saturday that he expects a decision to be made within days after receiving complaints from numerous teams. Daly said the severity of punishment will be based on how “damaging” the comments might have been.
The potential discipline would range from a fine or Vancouver losing a draft pick.
Benning told a Vancouver radio station on Thursday that he intends to contact Stamkos’ agent. Stamkos is in the final year of his contract and eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on Friday.
Benning also revealed the Canucks have contacted Montreal about acquiring star defenseman P.K. Subban.