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Carcillo appeals 10-game suspension for abusing official

May 24, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT

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It turns out Daniel Carcillo isn’t going to take his 10-game suspension for striking an official lying down.

The NHLPA announced Carcillo has requested the NHL to review his suspension for abusing linesman Scott Driscoll during Game 3 on Thursday night.

In order for Carcillo to challenge the ban he has to go right to the top. That means it’ll be NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman hearing his case. According to Rule 40.5, the Rangers forward had 72-hours from the announcement of the suspension to request the review.

No date or time has been scheduled for the appeal, but expect it to come about sooner than not with Game 4 taking place on Sunday night.

Appeals in the past have not gone well for the players challenging the league ruling. Shawn Thornton‘s 15-game suspension earlier this season was upheld by Bettman. Patrick Kaleta‘s 10-game suspension was also upheld by the commissioner.

Phoenix Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette was successful in appealing his 10-game suspension for leaving the bench to start a fight. Bissonnette’s suspension was reduced to three games because there was a lack of video evidence to uphold his full punishment.

  1. WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - May 24, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    I hate the Rangers and I hate Carcillio even more…..I did not see anything that warrants a 10 game suspension though.

    • stakex - May 24, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      Any intentional contact made with a ref that’s not intended to cause injury is an automatic 10 games. Had it been harder, with intent of causing an injury, it would have been 20 games.

  2. quizguy66 - May 24, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Solid logic – if the Refs had called the game the way Rangers wanted, Carcillo wouldn’t have had to have gotten physical with an official.

    Bottom line is you don’t hit the official. The suspension is correct.

  3. rushledger - May 24, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Agreed I know he’s far from a clean player but the refs blew a game changing call and that doesn’t warrant ten, yes I know 10 is automatic, but realistically it should be 4-7 games not 10

  4. broadstreetbeatdown - May 24, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Not sure why he’s appealing. Rule says ten games and he clearly struck the linesman. He’s probably just going through the motions hoping to catch Bettman on a good day.

  5. quizguy66 - May 24, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    I’d love it if Gary Bettman decided to pull a John Ziegler right now and disappear in Europe before this appeal hearing.

  6. AppealToReason - May 24, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    There is no way this appeal will change anything. There is zero percent chance the NHL wants to have a precedent where the players can start getting physical with the officials and not have to pay for it. Slippery slope.

  7. jpat2424 - May 24, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Referees suck

  8. stakex - May 24, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Carcillo is just exercising his right as a player to appeal his suspension. Very unlikely he will be successful.

  9. luz56 - May 24, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    The same guys continually get called onto the carpet… Would love to see LA Brown and NYR Carcillo destroy each other

  10. 950003cups - May 24, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Obviously Carcillo didn’t do something worthy of a 10 game suspension. Everyone knows that. But it’s the same kind of rule in spirit as leaving the bench during a fight. It’s there to prevent anyone else from ever considering it. If they let one go than they’ll have a slew of guys doing it and expecting appeals using the rescinded case as a platform.

    They have that rule there for a reason.

  11. 950003cups - May 24, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Also Carcillo has already been suspended for this same thing. So if he’s gonna expect some sort of side deal, he’s nuts! Oh wait….

  12. michael91148 - May 24, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    He is a bum. Get rid of him. Same with Cook . Can’t stand these near humans. Get them out of the game and have athletes instead.

    • 950003cups - May 24, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      Carcillo and Cooke are not the same. Carcillo is a top notch agitator. Cooke is an outright scumbag.

  13. nyfinest911 - May 24, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    He didn’t hit the official. He just didn’t want to get groped by the ref.

    • wingsdjy - May 25, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      Then he should’ve used his rape whistle

  14. theskinsman - May 25, 2014 at 5:53 AM

    Carcillo only asked how much the linesman had bet on the Habs. Some people are so sensitive!

  15. djshnooks - May 25, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Again, complete and total scumbags.

    Just like I said.

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