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from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
The inconsistent manner in which the NHL hands out suspensions would be comical if it wasn't such a serious matter.
Numerous former players have filed a lawsuit against the league for not doing enough to protect them from neurological damage caused by repeated blows to the head. And, yet, the league still has vague interpretations of which hits are legal or not. Hits, by the way, that sometimes cause concussions.
For the latest exhibit of the league's confusing suspension policy, we give you Zac Rinaldo's hit to the head that leveled his ex-teammate, Sean Couturier, in the Flyers' 5-4 overtime win in Boston on Wednesday.
Couturier missed the last two-plus periods in the game and did not play Saturday against the Rangers. The Flyers will not say whether he suffered a concussion, referring to it only as an upper-body injury.
Somehow, Rinaldo, who was the poster boy for knuckleheaded penalties when he played for the Flyers, wasn't suspended.
In case you need a refresher, watch Patrick Burke of Player Safety Department describe the hit below..
Patrick Burke explains...
“I’ve just got to be a little more cautious, I’m in my fifth year in the league. I’m not second year in the league. I’m not first year in the league anymore. I’m an experienced player.
“I’m a little more mature in the sense of when to ease up on some hits, when to fight, when not to fight. I’ve matured a lot over the year and experienced a lot.”
“I’d love to be on the penalty kill. I think that’s an asset I could bring to the Bruins as a solid penalty killer, blocking shots, getting it down deep once it’s in our end....
-Zac Rinaldo of the Boston Bruins. More on Rinaldo from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe.
Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, June 29, that the Bruins have acquired forward Zac Rinaldo from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for the Bruins natural third round draft pick in 2017.
Rinaldo skated in 58 games with the Flyers during the 2014-15 campaign, registering one goal and five assists for six points. Rinaldo led the team in penalty minutes with 102.
In total, the 25-year-old has skated in 223 games at the NHL level - all with Philadelphia - notching eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points with 572 penalty minutes. The forward has led the Flyers in penalty minutes the last four seasons. Rinaldo has also skated in 14 NHL postseason games with Philadelphia, racking up 64 penalty minutes.
The 5'11'', 185-pound native of Mississauga, ON was drafted by the Flyers in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Video will be posted when available.
If you want to review the hit, watch it below...
from Randy Miller of NJ.com,
Pittsburgh Penguins fans are outraged at Flyers left wing Zac Rinaldo.
They're angry over a dirty hit that injured Letang in the first period of the Flyers' 3-2 overtime victory on Tuesday night a Wells Fargo Center and disgusted about Rinaldo's postgame comments in which he bragged that he "changed the game" and "might have changed" his club's fortunes in what's been a bad season.
Since his hit, Rinaldo has been getting bashed virtually nonstop with messages sent to his @rinaldozac Twitter account, many of which were quite vulgar.
Others kept it clean by calling Rinaldo a disgrace, thug, beer leaguer, embarrassment, idiot, Neanderthal, coward, punk, puke, scumbag, tooth bag, meathead, dirty, useless, moron, garage, trash, scrub, goon and savage.
Plus a game misconduct.
Update #2: Via The Score's Navin Vaswani:
Zac Rinaldo wanted to make sure the NHL understood he had no intent to injure Buffalo Sabres defenceman Chad Ruhwedel.
And I have never heard a player say yes, "my intent was to injure him."
Until players understand hits like Rinaldo made can injure someone and need to be avoided, we will continue to see more suspensions down the line.
Watch the video for an explanation...
George here on the late shift. Regrettably, the NHL has gotten to the point where my job tends to involve scouring the internet for the night's controversial hit.
I sure wish players respected each other more, but as so many have pointed out, they're not coached to let up on hits or take responsibility for intent-to-injure plays--nor do "tough" players have any trouble whatsoever being signed by general managers who are looking for "toughness" at the expense of basic respect.
This evening, I saw a TSN video with the title, "How many games will the NHL suspend Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo for his hit on Sabres defenceman Chad Ruhwedel on Sunday? Dave Reid weighs in" and I could only shake my head.
Just like Radko Gudas' hit on Saturday USA Today's Mike Brehm reports that Gudas escaped supplemental discipline), we've got another case of someone leading with their elbow/forearm and targeting a player's head, but this is much more vicious, and as the game aired on NBCSN, Pro Hockey Talk's Ryan Dadoun posted a video of the incident (the nasty part starts at the 40-second mark):
via the Philadelphia Flyers,
Less than 24-hours after posting a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced an injury update to forward Zac Rinaldo.
"Zac Rinaldo sustained a left high ankle sprain in our game last night. He will be out for approximately six weeks."
Rinaldo, who posted his first goal of the season in last night's victory, has two points and is one of nine players to have appeared in all 44 games for the Flyers so far this season.
He leads the team with 101 penalty minutes and 135 hits on the season, while averaging 7:30 of ice-time per-game.
Early in the first period this afternoon against Dallas.
01:15 Philadelphia Zac Rinaldo: 5 minutes, fighting
01:15 Philadelphia Zac Rinaldo: 2 minutes, instigator
01:15 Philadelphia Zac Rinaldo: 10 minutes, game misconduct
01:15 Philadelphia Zac Rinaldo: 10 minutes, misconduct
via the Flyers website,
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced this evening that the club has agreed to a two-year contract extension with forwards Zac Rinaldo and Jay Rosehill.
Rinaldo posted three goals and five points to go along with 85 penalty minutes in 32 games for the Flyers this season.
He is currently out of the line up, missing the last seven games, with a high-ankle sprain on his left leg. Prior to his injury, he was one of the Flyers leaders in hits this season, posting 143 in 32 games.
Rinaldo also missed four games from Jan. 22-27 due to lacerated right thigh.
Rosehill was acquired around the trade deadline from the Anaheim Ducks on Apr. 1 in exchange for Harry Zolnierczyk.
Since joining the Flyers, he has one goal and 47 penalty minutes in seven games.
Carter received 2 minutes for tripping on the play.
Alfredsson received 5 for cross checking, a 10 and game misconduct. Rinaldo 2 for roughing.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
It is also true that Rinaldo approached Volchenkov from the middle slot with speed. While this “distance traveled” is language used to determine charging under Rule 42, Zac Rinaldo created a legal approach when he glided a remaining number of feet prior to delivering his check on Volchenkov. The contact Rinaldo made on Volchenkov would also be considered legal since Rinaldo’s hands and elbows did not come beyond an acceptable level nor did he make contact with Volchenkov’s head. With the “glide factor” eliminating a charging infraction this was just a good, hard body check; albeit with added incentive and purpose after Schenn was hit!
A bit of a pattern develops here when Zac Rinaldo took out Dainius Zubrus, another payback recipient, with a low bridge hip check (video link) just above the knees. While kneeing was initially reported on the call, interference appears on the official score sheet as Pierre Maguire of NBC correctly pointed out at the time. This was a needless and dirty play. The puck was in the opposite corner of the rink as Zubrus cut around the net and was low bridged by Rinaldo. I can appreciate the fact that the refs would not want to put the game on the line by assessing a five-minute major penalty for clipping even though Zubrus appeared shaken up on the play and was attended to.
more and watch both hits below…
Chris Kunitz has a flashback to his Anaheim days, gets involved with Hartnell, just to play the agitator role.
Also from the same game, Hartnell high sticks his own player, Zac Rinaldo. You can watch the incident below…
The Flyers Zac Rinaldo hit on T.J Galiardi of the Sharks.
Reports are the league has looked at the hit and no action will be taken.
NEW YORK (February 13, 2012)—Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo has been suspended for two games, without pay, for a charging incident in which he launched himself to hit Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson during NHL Game #829 in Detroit on Sunday, Feb. 12, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Rinaldo will forfeit $5,885.88. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo faces an afternoon hearing with the Department of Player Safety on Monday to discuss the charging minor he was assessed for hitting Detroit’s Jonathan Ericsson at the 13:32 mark of the first period in Detroit’s 4-3 victory Sunday night at Joe Louis Arena.
Watch the hit…
added 12:35pm, Added another video, one with multiple views…
NEW YORK (February 4, 2012)—Philadelphia Flyers center Zac Rinaldo has been fined a total of $5,000 as a result of two separate incidents during NHL Game No. 768 against the New Jersey Devils Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
Rinaldo was fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for his late hit on Devils center Jacob Josefson at 12:51 of the second period. Rinaldo received a minor penalty for interference.
Rinaldo also was fined the maximum $2,500 for his dangerous trip of Devils left wing Zach Parise after the whistle at 11:38 of the third period. No penalty was assessed on the play.
You can watch the trip here if you missed it earlier.
Milan Lucic received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding Zac Rinaldo late in the second period on Saturday, and he could find himself in another meeting with Brendan Shanahan.
Lucic explained the hit after the game.
continue or watch the video which contains the hit…