NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke and New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov each received multi-game suspensions from the NHL for unrelated dangerous hits, the league said on Wednesday.
Cooke, who will also forfeit $87,804.88 in pay, will be eligible to return to Pittsburgh's lineup for their February 20 game at Chicago.
"Two factors were considered in reaching this decision: Cooke delivered a forceful hit from behind on an unsuspecting opponent; also, he is considered a repeat offender," NHL senior executive vice president Colin Campbell said in a statement.
Volchenkov will be eligible to return to action for New Jersey's February 18 game against the New York Rangers.
(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by Frank Pingue)