Report: Dan Carcillo's suspension appeal hearing set for Friday

by May 26, 4:32 PM

New York Rangers forward Dan Carcillo's suspension appeal hearing has been set for Friday, according to Tom Gulliti of the Bergen Record.

Carcillo will be appealing a ten-game suspension levied for making contact with an official during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final; as per James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail, Carcillo will have an in-person meeting with commissioner Gary Bettman.

Jun 3, 12:07 PM

NHL reduces Dan Carcillo's suspension to 6 games

by Jun 3, 12:07 PM
Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL has decided to reduce Dan Carcillo's suspension from ten games to just 6, according to commissioner Gary Bettman.

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 reduction means the New York Rangers forward will be eligible to return to the lineup for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. 

Carcillo missed three games of the Eastern Conference Final for abusing an official in Game 3 of his team's series against the Montreal Canadiens.

See below for further details on the suspension.

For the complete Commissioner's Opinion, click here (PDF).

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Jun 2, 9:50 AM

Report: NHL's decision on Dan Carcillo's suspension appeal coming Monday

by Jun 2, 9:50 AM

The NHL is expected to announce a decision Monday regarding Dan Carcillo's appeal of a ten-game suspension levied during the Eastern Conference finals, according to Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record.

The New York Rangers forward was suspended for abuse of an official during Game 3 of the series against the Montreal Canadiens, and he met with commissioner Gary Bettman on Friday to appeal the decision.

If the suspension is upheld, Carcillo will miss the entirety of the Stanley Cup Final.

May 24, 4:58 PM

Rangers' Carcillo requests review of automatic 10-game suspension

by May 24, 4:58 PM

Daniel Carcillo is asking NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to review the automatic 10-game suspension he received for shoving a linesman during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final on Thursday, according to the NHLPA.

As per the terms of the NHL rulebook, Carcillo had 72 hours to request a review - an option available on any suspensions six games or longer. The review process will include an in-person appeal with Bettman at a time to be determined later.

May 24, 1:36 PM

Alain Vigneault on suspended Carcillo: 'His career moving forward might be very tough here'

by May 24, 1:36 PM

With a nickname like "Carbomb," anything more than an apathetic response to the 10-game suspension he received for shoving an official would be inconsistent with Dan Carcillo's moniker.  

Yet the scrappy forward is apparently overcome with remorse for his actions. 

All but suspended for the rest of New York's postseason run, the success of both the team and the prospects of extending his individual career are no longer under his control. 

Carcillo is set to become a free agent this summer. 

May 23, 3:28 PM

Rangers' Carcillo given automatic 10-game suspension for abuse of official

by May 23, 3:28 PM

The NHL handed New York Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo an automatic 10-game suspension for abuse of an official as a result of his actions against linesman Scott Driscoll during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final.

According to Rule 40.3 Physical Abuse of Officials -- 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."

Carcillo's contact with Driscoll occurred during the Brouhaha that followed Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust's late hit on Rangers forward Derek Stepan.

You can watch video of the incident below.

May 22, 8:49 PM

VIDEO: Rangers' Carcillo ejected for making contact with linesman

by May 22, 8:49 PM
Andy Marlin / USA TODAY Sports

After Montreal's Brandon Prust caught New York's Derek Stepan with a late hit early in the first period of Game 3 Thursday, Dan Carcillo got himself involved by taking a run at Benoit Pouliot, earning a minor penalty for charging as a result.

In the ensuing moments, Brust and Derek Dorsett began to engage in a round of fisticuffs while Carcillo was held at bay by an official; unfortunately, Carcillo's exuberance got the best of him, and he appeared to catch the linesman in the chin with an elbow, resulting in a game misconduct.

Between this and the Prust hit, the NHL's department of player safety may be rather busy in advance of Game 4. This will probably not end well.

From the rulebook:

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.

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