It’s hard to know which part of the Michael Cammalleri reaction to a check by Islander rookie forward Nino Niederreiter caused the NHL to hand him a one game suspension this afternoon.

Initially the call was a five minute major for high sticking. That was later amended to slashing plus a game misconduct.  As the play unfolded there was the perceived, but ultimately harmless “blindside check” by Niederreiter which seemed to set Cammalleri off.  Seconds later he swung his stick at Niederreiter’s head.  That was followed by a crosscheck as he proceeded to pursue Niederreiter.  The incident concluded with the slash to the back of the leg.  That slash finished Niederreiter’s night.  In the dressing room after the game he complained of a calf injury.  It is considered minor and the 18 year old Niederreiter remains on the Islanders’ training camp roster.

One way or the other, Cammalleri can consider himself lucky it was just a game.

Cammalleri will be forced to sit out the season-opening game in Toronto on Thursday.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Cammalleri will forfeit $32,258.06. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.