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Suspensions updates and John Tortorella puts his money where his mouth was


Some people never learn and that’s the theme of tonights article.  Blackhawks forward Dan Carcillo is one of them, taking his third suspension of the season after boarding Oiler defenseman Tom Gilbert in Mondays game. In the game, Carcillo as given a five minute major and a game misconduct and both he and Gilbert left with knee injuries.

Given Carcillo’s history over the years of suspensions, league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan handed down a 7 game suspension as Carcillo is a repeat offender. He will lose over $66,000 in pay for this suspension and it is not known when the suspension will take effect as a player has to be “healthy” while serving a suspension and his status is Day to Day at this time due to the injury he suffered in the play.

English: Forward Rene Bourque warming up prior...

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Another person to file in the repeat offenders category is Flames winger Rene Bourque, who received a five game suspension from the league office today. Borque blatantly delivered an elbow to the Caps’ Nick Backstrom head and it certainly looked like headhunting to me! Apparently the on-ice officiating crew decided it was only a minor penalty, but upon further review, the league took action and in addition to the suspension, Bourque was also fined over $203,000.

Finally, Rangers coach John Tortorella was fined $30,000 for his post game comments about the officiating at the Winter Classic that the Rangers won in a thriller. After the game he called the officiating disgusting and implied that the crew was trying to work the game into an overtime situation in some kind of collusion with NBC Sports.

Prior to getting hit with the fine, Tortorella did try to smooth the ice, saying his comments were made tongue in cheek and that he didn’t think there was a conspiracy afoot. Additionally, he apologized saying “”I tainted the Winter Classic with my mouth and I shouldn’t have so I apologize to everyone involved.”

The league issued the following statement to explain their decision in levying the fine: “There is no acceptable explanation or excuse for commentary challenging the integrity of the League, its officials or its broadcast partners,” said NHL Senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell. “People can disagree with calls by officials on the ice, but even in instances of the utmost frustration there is no justification for speaking as inappropriately and irresponsibly as Mr. Tortorella did.”

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  1. January 5, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    If the NHL is serious about taking out head shots then goonie Carcillo should have gotten AT LEAST ten games. And if he does it again which he will because he can’t help himself it should be twenty then out of the league for a year. I agree it looked like head hunting but Bourque was able to convince Shannaban that he really didn’t mean it — it was only a “reflex.” Well, ten games then twenty for you too Rene.

    • January 5, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      Reflex! I wonder how many other headhunters are going to start using that excuse…”Sorry, I uh, had a reflexive twitch that caused my body to steer right at the guy and uh, the reflex caused my shoulder to jerk upward in an explosive and violent fashion into the opposing players face…take it easy on me this time, willya, Shanny?”

  2. Justin
    January 6, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Heh heh, that’s funny Jason. Must agree with Rose on this one. The penalty for Carcillo should have been 10 games. The penalties should roughly double for each infraction. 2 games, 5 games, 7 games or 10 games, then 20, then 40, after that you’re out for the season. Given that Shanaban can levy pretty much whatever type of penalty he wants, plus can factor in previous infractions, Carcillo’s next infraction should be a 20 game suspension. An example must be made.

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