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Daniel Carcillo Suspension Reduced To Six Games

NEW YORK (June 3, 2014) -- National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today ruled that the suspension to New York Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo will be revised to six (6) games for his actions in violation of Rule 40.4 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final in New York on May 22.

Carcillo had originally been assessed a suspension under Rule 40.3 for deliberately applying physical force to an official. A violation of that particular Rule requires a minimum suspension of “not less than ten (10) games.”

After considering Carcillo’s appeal during a hearing at the NHL’s New York office on Friday, May 30, the Commissioner ruled that Carcillo’s actions were more appropriately deemed a violation of Rule 40.4 for deliberately applying “physical force to an official for the sole purpose of getting free of such official during or immediately following an altercation.” The Commissioner determined that as appropriately re-classified under Rule 40.4, and under the totality of the circumstances, a suspension of six (6) games was the proper penalty.

The National Hockey League does not and will not, under any circumstances, tolerate or condone the abuse, physical or otherwise, of our on-ice officials. The strict and proper enforcement of Rule 40, therefore, plays a critical role in safeguarding the integrity of the game by maintaining a safe and respectful working environment for our officials.

As Carcillo already has served three (3) games of the suspension that was originally assessed on May 23, he will be eligible to return for Game 4 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.

Update: The NHL released Bettman's full ruling via a PDF file which is 12 pages long.

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pautna's avatar

I actually agree with this. I always felt that he was trying to get away from the lineman, as opposed to consciously hitting him.

Posted by pautna on 06/03/14 at 12:24 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Carcillo should have gotten more than 10 to start with based on his history.  Bettman says the suspension would have been longer if it was the Regular Season, DUH.

So where is the Playoff Rule Book.  Officiating in general has gotten worse as the playoffs progress which is odd, IMO.  Daly said that the better refs would get assignments as the playoffs dwindled down to the SCF.  Really????  Fans can’t do anything about the officiating but it nearly ruined Game 7 Hawks vs Kings until O’Hallaran buried his whistle for the 3rd Period and the OT.

Will see what happens in the SCF

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 06/03/14 at 12:39 PM ET


This is a reputation suspension, anyway.

If Zuccarello had done the same thing, there would have been no suspension. Linesman overreacted here big time because it was Carcillo, who hadn’t done anything that required the linesmans hands on him in the first place.

Posted by larry on 06/03/14 at 01:57 PM ET

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