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NHL suspends Michael Cammalleri one game for slashing incident on Nino Niederreiter

Oct 4, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Cammalleri1.jpgThe NHL made its decision regarding Montreal Canadiens forward Michael Cammalleri’s slash on New York Islanders prospect Nino Niederreiter on October 2, suspending Cammalleri for one game.

Michael Cammalleri was suspended for one game by the NHL due to a slashing incident on Nino Niederreiter in a preseason game Saturday against the New York Islanders. Cammalleri received a five-minute major and game misconduct on the play, which occurred with 3:08 left in the second period.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Cammalleri will forfeit $32,258.06. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

While Joe wrote that Cammalleri might have had “just cause” for going after Niederreiter, it’s difficult to argue with the league’s decision to make him sit for a game.

The biggest problem is that Cammalleri didn’t just make one passionate (and still questionable) move with his stick. He swung high at Niederreiter once and then slashed him from behind in the ankle, which indicates to me that an angry Cammalleri could make an even more dangerous mistake at some point if he’s not properly reprimanded. Take a look for yourself in this video of the incident.

Pretty ugly, if you ask me, but what do you think? Did Cammalleri deserve a suspension for this slash? Should he be out more than one game for it? Let us know in the comments.

  1. Brock - Oct 4, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    Definitely should’ve been suspended more than one game. He took a swipe at his face with a stick which is bad enough, then he goes and slashes his leg/ankle. If you are going to fight, use your hands, not a stick when someone else isn’t expecting it. Foolish action by Cammalleri.

  2. Alex - Oct 4, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    I agree with Brock … definitly intentional and definitly cheap. Provocation (of any level) is no excuse for your own stupid acts.

  3. matt - Oct 4, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    you guys missed the headshot nino did on cammeleri, i know his stick should have been down, but he shoud have had 3 games, but probably the fact nino had a cheap headshot on him, helped out his case a little

  4. KingDonko - Oct 4, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    I don’t care what Nino did to Michael, this is stupid and deserves more than a 1 game suspension. I don’t like either team but this crap needs to stop now. No wonder Micahel isn’t wearing the C on his sweater

  5. IH21 - Oct 4, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    Head shot? Nino’s hit on Cammalleri was shoulder to shoulder. Pause the video at the right time, take off any Habs colored glasses and you’ll see that Cammelleri clearly just can’t take a hit and keep his cool. See frame by frame where no part of Nino ever touches the smurf’s head:

  6. marc - Oct 4, 2010 at 8:13 PM

    No problem with the suspension, however the Islanders coach calling him gutless should take a look in the mirror sending out a line that had only one intent and that was to fight.

  7. joe - Oct 5, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    the nhl should be embarassed,there is most definetly two sets of rules for the players .if that was a 3rd 4th liner or a so called enforcer in the league he would have been suspended at least 15 games.Cammelleri ,provoked or not ,crossed the line ,and again i think everyone should remember this when someone gets suspended this year for few games.This incident ,looks just like Chris simons stick swinging incident,what if he took the players eye out,then he would have gotten more games,the nhl is @#$@@,the attempt should get the suspension not the results,if you shot at someone with a gun and missed,the nhl would only give you one game!

  8. PSUDU - Oct 5, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Good thing Cammelleri isn’t Steve Avery or any member of the Philadelphia Flyers or Montreal would be without him for a month…Absolutely deserved more than one game since he chases him around the ice, instigating, swipe at the face with his stick, then chops out his ankle…Looks like a guy with road rage.

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