Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 06/01/14 at 11:29 PM ET
Because the New York Rangers haven't played since last Thursday, the New York Daily News's Peter Botte reminds us that Rangers defenseman John Moore will sit out Game 1 of the Rangers-Los Angeles Kings series on Wednesday:
John Moore still must sit out Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, the back end of a two-game suspension for an illegal hit that concussed Montreal's Dale Weise in the previous round. But the dependable defenseman is relieved that his Rangers teammates have ensured he will have a chance to play again this season.
"It's tough to watch no matter what time of year, but the guys gave me a chance to keep playing now," Moore said after practice Sunday in Greenburgh. "Obviously, if I could take it all back I would, but the biggest thing now is I hope Dale is OK and I've just got to get ready and hope for opportunity to come back here."
Moore, who was replaced by Raphael Diaz in the lineup for the Eastern clincher, added that it doesn't "really matter what I think" about the penalty imposed by the NHL.
"I respect the league's decision. I know they're trying to protect the players, but it certainly wasn't my intent to injure Dale on that play and I just hope he's OK," Moore said.
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Update: Lest I forget, LoHud.com's Rick Carpiniello reminds us that Gary Bettman will rule on Daniel Carcillo's suspension appeal today, too:
Defenseman John Moore and winger Daniel Carcillo, both suspended, also practiced. Moore has one game remaining on his two-game suspension for a high hit on Montreal's Dale Weise in Game 5. Carcillo had the appeal of his 10-game suspension, for abusing linesman Scott Driscoll in Game 3, on Friday. Commissioner Gary Bettman is expected to rule on upholding or reducing the suspension early this week, possibly Monday.
Tomorrow is "media day" for the Stanley Cup Final, so you can be certain that Bettman will get the unpleasantries out of the way today.
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