Vermette Banned 10 Games For Slashing Ref – Anaheim Ducks center Antoine Vermette has been suspended 10 games by the NHL for slashing a linesman. Vermette slapped his stick against the back of linesman Shandor Alphonso‘s legs after losing a faceoff to Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu during the third period of the Ducks’ 1-0 win Tuesday night. The NHL announced the decision in a news release Thursday, a day after Vermette had a disciplinary conference call with the league and the players’ union. A source told ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun that Vermette will appeal the discipline. Vermette will lose more than $97,000 if the suspension is upheld. The money goes to the league’s Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.