Suspend him or not: Flyers’ Zac Rinaldo boards Penguins’ Kris Letang

Adam Proteau
Zac Rinaldo (Getty Images)

Like recently-suspended Hawks winger Daniel Carcillo, Flyers winger Zac Rinaldo has made an NHL career out of playing “on the edge” – and implicit in that phrase has long been the understanding he occasionally goes over that edge. So when he once again crossed the line Tuesday by drilling Penguins defenseman Kris Letang into the boards from behind, not a single brow league-wide was raised in surprise: Read more

Carcillo gets six-game ban for crosscheck on Jets’ Perreault

Jared Clinton
Dan Carcillo

Chicago Blackhawks winger Daniel Carcillo has been suspended for six games following his crosscheck to the arm of Jets’ center Mathieu Perreault in Friday night’s contest between Chicago and Winnipeg.

The crosscheck, which came in the dying seconds of the second period, forced Perreault out of the Friday night tilt and sidelined him for Winnipeg’s Sunday meeting with the Arizona Coyotes. The Department of Player Safety’s decision to suspend Carcillo for six games is due in large part to his suspension history. Read more

Daniel Carcillo deserves a hefty suspension for his ‘hockey play’ hit on Mathieu Perreault

Josh Elliott
Dan Carcillo

Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo needs to rethink his definition of a “hockey play.”

The unrepentant on-ice cannon ball will meet with the league soon to learn his punishment for a dirty cross-check on Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault. The in-person hearing allows for a suspension of five games or more, so it likely won’t be a slap on the wrist.
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Brad Marchand’s second slew-foot earns him a two-game suspension

Josh Elliott
Brad Marchand

He may not officially count as a repeat offender under NHL rules, but Brad Marchand was punished for the second slew-footing incident of his career on Friday with a two-game suspension by the league.

Marchand will sit for two games after he slew-footed the New York Rangers’ Derick Brassard on Thursday.

That’s less than half the five-game punishment Marchand received on Jan. 9, 2012 for a clipping incident involving Sami Salo, but more than the $2,500 fine he paid for slew-footing Matt Niskanen in December of 2011.
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Suspend him o̶r̶ ̶n̶o̶t̶: Brad Marchand’s slew-foot on Derick Brassard

Adam Proteau
Brad Marchand (Getty Images)

Brad Marchand is no stranger to the NHL’s supplemental discipline process. The Bruins winger also isn’t unfamiliar with being accused of slew-footing one of his opponents. So when Marchand did exactly that Thursday – this time, to Rangers star Derick Brassard – there’s no doubt he deserves to be hauled before the NHL department of player safety and hit with a significant suspension for undeniably reckless play.

Marchand and Brassard were chasing the puck into the corner in Boston, and Marchand clearly kicks out Brassard’s right foot just before he crashed into the boards in a sequence that easily could’ve resulted in a broken leg for the Blueshirts center: Read more

Wild’s Ryan Suter suspended two games for headshot on Penguins’ Steve Downie

Adam Proteau
Ryan Suter (Getty Images)

The NHL department of player safety suspended Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter two games for a flagrant elbow to the head of Penguins right winger Steve Downie Tuesday. Suter will forfeit $81,058.72, which goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Suter had no previous disciplinariy incidents, but the video evidence is clear and damning. If there is any good news to come out of the suspension, it’s that the games Suter will miss come against two of the league’s weaker teams: He’ll miss Minnesota’s games against Buffalo Thursday and Arizona Saturday, and will be eligible to return to action Monday against Columbus.

Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Brad Ross suspended 20 games for violating performance enhancing substance policy

Jared Clinton
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The AHL announced today that Toronto Maple Leafs prospect and Toronto Marlies winger Brad Ross has been suspended for 20 games for violating the AHL/PHPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.

“I truly want to apologize to the entire Toronto Maple Leafs organization, my teammates, friends, family, and fans for violating the terms of the AHL/PHPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program,” Ross said in a statement released through the PHPA. Read more

Suspend him or not: Thomas Vanek boards Marcus Kruger

Matt Larkin
Thomas Vanek (Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

University of Minnesota alumnus Thomas Vanek’s homecoming hasn’t gone as planned. His point production is his weakest since his rookie season of 2005-06. When he finally did make a Wild headline Thursday night, it was for a morally questionable hit.

Let’s whisk ourselves to the Xcel Energy Center. It’s halfway through the first period. Chicago’s Daniel Carcillo stumbles as he enters the neutral zone with the puck and hands it off to Marcus Kruger. Just as Kruger looks back for the puck, he’s side-swiped by Vanek. Kruger flies face-first into the boards. The Blackhawks bench explodes in outrage. Vanek gets slapped with a five-minute boarding major. Have a look:

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