Every time an NHL player is suspended, he doesn't receive any pay for that duration of time. Now that the Habs are down one guy because of Maxim Lapierre's four-game suspension, I thought I'd go for another round of sleuthing and find out more about these fines.
Per the NHL, Lapierre's salary, like every other fined player, goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
What does this fund do, you ask? Well, I did some research, and found this message board thread to be most useful. Not all NHL players in history were as rich as some of the superstars we're watching right now, so retirement might be a little rough for them, especially if they live in the States and need any kind of medical care, so that's one pretty big thing that the Fund helps out with. Pretty useful, considering anyone who works as hard as a hockey player probably deserves to be looked out for.
Another mystery solved! (In case you didn't know already.)