Blackhawks tough guys Bob Probert and Dave Manson were suspended for a combined seven games by the NHL yesterday for attacking San Jose G Steve Shields from the bench late in Monday's loss to the Sharks. The incident occurred with 75 seconds left in San Jose's 7-1 rout of Chicago.

LW Probert received a match penalty for attempting to injure when he struck Shields with his stick while sitting on the Chicago bench. D Manson, who was also on the bench at the time, grabbed Shields.

Probert was suspended four games and will lose $33,854 of his $1.625 million salary, under terms of the collective bargaining agreement. Manson was suspended for three games but will lose $55,243 of his $1.510 million salary as a repeat offender.

"The league has previously issued a clear directive in this regard," said NHL discipline chief Colin Campbell. "The message should be clear: Any involvement with players on the ice [from the bench] is not acceptable and will be subject to discipline."

SATAN RE-SIGNS: The Sabres re-signed LW Miroslav Satan, their leading scorer last season, to a multiyear contract.

Satan, 24, set career highs with 40 goals and 26 assists last season to become Buffalo's first 40-goal scorer since Pat LaFontaine in 1996-97.

MALTBY OUT: Red Wings RW Kirk Maltby will be out indefinitely after suffering a hernia during Tuesday's win over the Stars. Maltby, who left the game in the first period, didn't travel with the team for today's game in Atlanta against the Thrashers.