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from the AP via TSN,
Chris Simon, the New York Islanders forward suspended for a league-record 25 games for a vicious on-ice hit, will not face criminal charges.
Nassau County district attorney Kathleen Rice says here office conduced a thorough review of the incident and decided not to charge Simon.
from Scott Morrison of the CBC,
Quite likely, Tootoo will receive a suspension of at least a few games and the league makes headlines again for all the wrong reasons, which again raises the question of whether harder, black-and-white penalties need to be in place for any kinds of blows to the head. Of course, had Tootoo and Robidas been actually fighting, he would have been applauded for the knockout.
And what about sticking up for star players getting hit, is that line between answering a clean or dirty check becoming a little blurred?
From John Glennon at The Tennessean,
Modano did set a career record for goals by a U.S.-born player, but it was the Predators who snapped a five-game losing streak to the Stars with a 3-2 win in front of a sellout crowd at Nashville Arena.
The Predators hit the 100-point mark for the second consecutive season and – based on what Colorado did late Saturday – may have clinched a third straight playoff berth.
The contest took an ugly turn with 3:39 remaining, following Jordin Tootoo’s hard hit on Modano. Dallas defenseman Stephane Robidas skated hard toward Tootoo in defense of Modano, but Tootoo spun around and flattened Robidas with a punch to the jaw.
At Andrew’s Dallas Stars Page,
Robidas was taken off the ice on a stretcher and then was taken to a Nashville hospital. He suffered a concussion. He was released from the hospital Saturday night and will be re-evaluated in Dallas on Sunday.
Video of Tootoo hit:
Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg, who was felled by a stick swung at his head by the Islanders’ Chris Simon, said today that he told Nassau County prosecutors that he wouldn’t press charges against Simon for the incident at the Coliseum a week ago.
Hollweg, who briefly lost his hearing and received a gash on the jaw in the attack, said that he and two team attorneys met for about 30 minutes with two attorneys from the District Attorney’s office on Thursday at the Rangers training center in Westchester.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Bravo to NHL justice officials on the Simon suspension….
But here’s the larger problem.
How does the Neil incident connect to the Janssen suspension, and how in the world do those two events relate to a suspension to Simon that could be worth 43 games but didn’t result in a significant injury?
If there’s a common denominator to all of this, it is an elusive one.
from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,
Chris Simon got off easy. He should not have the option of playing in an NHL game until the 2008-09 season. And if that were to end his career, so be it….
That is a mistake. It is part of the problem with the sliding scales of justice in the NHL, the unwillingness to have a blanket punishment for hits to the head or assaults with the stick. It’s nice to judge things on a case-by-case basis, in theory. In practicality, it just keeps the incidents coming.
NEW YORK (March 11, 2007) – New York Islanders forward Chris Simon has been suspended, for the remainder of the 2006-07 regular season and the entirety of the Stanley Cup playoffs, for deliberately using his stick to injure New York Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg during the third period of Thursday night’s game at Nassau Veterans’ Memorial Coliseum.
Simon is suspended a minimum of 25 games, including Saturday night’s game against Washington plus the 14 that remain in the 2006-07 regular season. If the Islanders do not qualify for the 2007 playoffs, or play fewer than 10 playoff games in the 2007 playoffs, Simon would serve additional games at the start of the 2007-08 regular season to satisfy the minimum term of the suspension.
via TSN Breaking News,
New York Islanders forward Chris Simon has been suspended for 15 regular season games and seven playoff games for slashing New York Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg in the face.
update 1:53pm, TSN has removed the alert, hmmm.
update 1:55pm, via NHL.com,
Colin Campbell, NHL Senior Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations, conducted a disciplinary hearing this morning with New York Islanders forward Chris Simon, Islanders team representatives and a representative of the National Hockey League Players’ Association.
A decision relative to that hearing has not yet been made. Any report to the contrary is false.
added 2:43pm, via On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,
It’s uncertain when a decision will be handed down. There might be concern on the league’s part about how its ruling could affect a criminal probe launched by the office of Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, especially in a situation where neither Hollweg, the Rangers nor the league requested legal intervention.
via TSN Breaking News,
New York Islanders forward Chris Simon has been suspended indefinitely for slashing New York Rangers forward Ryan Hellweg in the face
more… I am sure a hearing will soon be taking place to determine the length of the suspension.
added 1:00pm, via Bloomberg,
“Supplementary discipline will be assessed’’ when NHL officials meet with the 13-year veteran before the team plays its next game tomorrow, at home against the Washington Capitals, NHL spokesman Frank Brown said in an e-mail.
added 1:38pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Campbell, the NHL’s chief disciplinarian, spent Friday, trying to schedule a face-to-face meeting with Simon to review the play, either in New York or Toronto.
The suspicion is that Simon would receive a significant penalty, perhaps in the 12-to-15-game range, for the attack.
added 3:22pm, from WCBS,
A stick-swinging hit by New York Islanders forward Chris Simon during an NHL game against the New York Rangers is being reviewed for possible criminal prosecution.
A spokesman for Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said today that prosecutors are going to review the tape.
added 4:16pm, via Newday, Hearing is Saturday and Simon suffered a concussion from the hit by Hollweg.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
“[Simon] has been a pretty honest guy his whole career, but that was disgusting,’’ said the Rangers’ Sean Avery, a vital force again. “I don’t think he should be allowed to play another game the rest of the year.
“I mean, that was just as bad as [Marty] McSorley. I was in shock. Let’s see if the league makes a statement here.’‘
added 7:55am, via the New York Times,
“I’ve always been known as a clean guy and I just feel bad for letting my team down,” Simon said. “I just don’t really want to say anything about the incident right now because I have to talk with the league first.”
Hollweg did not express anger at Simon.
“I’m a little surprised,” Hollweg said. “As far as I knew we respected each other as hockey players and that’s it. I just play my game. And playing my game helped us win, so that’s good.”
added 8:33am, from Spector at his Fox Sports blog,
What will it take for the league to get serious in cracking down on this crap?
Three and five game suspensions aren’t enough to get the message across. It’s long overdue for the NHL to put some real teeth into the punishments they hand out for these kind of infractions.
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