Prust Phone Hearing Scheduled; No Word on Carcillo (Update: Carcillo Suspended for 10 Games)

Update, 3:31 p.m.:

NHL officially announces 10 game suspension for Carcillo…

“New York Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo has been automatically suspended for 10 games as a result of being assessed a Game Misconduct penalty under Rule 40.3 Physical Abuse of Officials — Category II during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final in New York on Thursday, May 22, the National Hockey League announced today.”

Carcillo is expected to appeal the suspension.

Update. 11:36:

…what a joke.

…i guess it really doesn’t matter because Brassard will likely be back on Sunday, but the Rangers lose some depth in the event of future injury. 

Original Post:
Brandon Prust has been scheduled for a phone hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety after his late, blind-sided hit on Derek Stepan in Game 3 last night night.

A phone hearing means Prust won’t be suspended for more than five games.


…because, in my opinion, the principle point of contact was not the head and Stepan returned to the game, Prust will likely get just one game. Which is fair in my opinion. Can’t go back and give the Rangers the deserved five-minute major, so I guess this will suffice.

…to be honest, I’m shocked he has a hearing at all knowing how inconsistent the NHL is with dangerous hits.

No word yet on if Dan Carcillo will receive any disciplinary action for his physical altercation with the linesman in the first period last night.

Based on the NHL rule book Carcillo could be suspended 3, 10 or 20 games, depending on how the on-ice officials categorize the offense. Here’s what the NHL rule book says…

40.2 Automatic Suspension – Category I – Any player who deliberately strikes an official and causes injury or who deliberately applies physical force in any manner against an official with intent to injure, or who in any manner attempts to injure an official shall be automatically suspended for not less than twenty (20) games. (For the purpose of the rule, “intent to injure” shall mean any physical force which a player or goalkeeper knew or should have known could reasonably be expected to cause injury.)

40.3 Automatic Suspension – Category II – Any player who deliberately applies physical force to an official in any manner (excluding actions as set out in Category I), which physical force is applied without intent to injure, or who spits on an official,shall be automatically suspended for not less than ten (10) games.

40.4 Automatic Suspension – Category III – Any player who, by his actions, physically demeans an official or physically threatens an official by (but not limited to) throwing a stick or any other piece of equipment or object at or in the general direction of an official, shooting the puck at or in the general direction of an official, spitting at or in the general direction of an official, or who deliberately applies physical force to an official solely for the purpose of getting free of such an official during or immediately following an altercation shall be suspended for not less than three (3) games.


…if Carcillo gets 10+ games the NHL is officially a joke. The linesman was over-aggressive and initiated contact with an emotional player. Carcillo was merely trying to free himself from the linesman and caught him with an elbow to the chin in the process. Under the above rules that would put him in Category III which carries a three game suspension. I must add that I don’t agree with the on-ice officials being the ones to decide how to categorize the incident. Might lead to a little bit of bias.

…having said that, Carcillo has a rap sheet and if the league does drop the hammer, he really has no one to blame but himself. Don’t put yourself in that situation by getting physical with a ref.


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