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Shana-banned: Daniel Carcillo gets two-game unpaid vacation

Oct 29, 2011, 7:09 PM EDT

Daniel Carcillo AP

We knew that Daniel Carcillo would talk to Brendan Shanahan. Now we know what they talked about (via Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville): the NHL has suspended Carcillo for two games for his dangerous shove on Hurricanes’ defenseman Joni Pitkanen.

The play in question occurred only two minutes into Chicago’s 3-0 ugly defeat to the Canes. It’s an interesting suspension in that Carcillo wasn’t even penalized on the ice for the borderline call, yet he’ll miss two games (and two gameday checks) for the dangerous play.

This is exactly the kind of play that would have brought out the Wheel of Justice last season. Quenneville was a realist when he said, “his reputation may have been a part of it as well.” But with the consistency that Shanahan has brought to the league offices, it certainly appeared that Carcillo was going to get some type of punishment. Even going back to preseason, the league has been consistent in punishing reckless plays in dangerous areas of the ice.

Considering that there wasn’t even a penalty on the play from the on-ice officials, do you think the league got this one right? If this were some other player with a lesser reputation, would they have been let off with a simple fine? More importantly—should Carcillo have received a fine or did the play warrant a two-game suspension?


  1. trbowman - Oct 29, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Good riddance.

  2. obamablowz - Oct 29, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Carcillo is a punk..NEVER wins a fight and ALWAYS acts like he did! CHUMP cant play, cant fight, cant kill penalties, cant do ANYTHING to promote this game! Complete joke as a player and so called “tough guy.” Philadelphia fan living in Phoneix. Watched him for 5 years…JOKE!!!!

  3. tapefolie - Oct 30, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Another example why the NHL needs to get rid of fighting and punks that can’t play the game!!!!

  4. tapefolie - Oct 30, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Another example why the NHL needs to get rid of fighting and punks that cant play the game!!!!!!

  5. blkeskimo1785 - Oct 31, 2011 at 7:12 AM

    tapefolie, don’t start this “the NHL needs to ban fighting” crap again, because fighting had nothing to do with this. Even though Carcillo is a player that walks a fine line, this has been his first incident as a Blackhawk. I’ve watched a few of their games, and he’s been an effective player, not on his own agenda.

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