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NHL reduces Carcillo’s suspension to six games

Jun 3, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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If the New York Rangers want to use Daniel Carcillo, they’ll have the option to do so before the Stanley Cup Final is over. The 29-year-old forward had been serving an automatic 10-game suspension for physically abusing an official on May 22, but after an appeal his punishment has been reduced to six games.

That will allow him to return for Game 4 of the Rangers’ series versus the Los Angeles Kings.

Per the Department of Player Safety:

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.

It’s worth noting that Rule 40.4 comes with a minimum suspension of three games compared to Rule 40.3’s 10.

The NHL added that making sure that the players abusing officials is in no way tolerated is critical to maintaining the “integrity of the game.”

To read Gary Bettman’s complete ruling, click here for the PDF.

If you missed the original incident, you can see it below:


Vigneault worried about Carcillo’s future following suspension

  1. tronn25 - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Don’t you love it when the NHL tries to help a team who is about to get pounded worse than Sasha Grey?

    Here’s a freebee NY, but the bad news is you have to make it to game 4.

    Kings in 3, book it.

    • jkay1818 - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      helping NY? you do realize even if they lifted the suspension and he can play game 1, he would be a healthy scratch.
      nice excuse for you to use that corny sasha Grey joke.

    • barkar942 - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:33 PM

      Best of three wins you nothing, tronn. Series will end on Monday, June 16th in NY. Rangers in 6.

    • doknyc - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      tronn… or troll?

      kings in 3… you must be from montreal…

      • dueman - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:56 PM

        I’m sure he’s wearing his Montreal Kings jersey right now….Two stupids don’t make a smart!

      • dueman - Jun 3, 2014 at 2:07 PM

        Montreal fans don’t watch hockey once their teams gone!

    • iwt5007 - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      you get a thumbs up for the Sasha Grey analogy…just getting pounded! lol

    • davidmessina63 - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      Sasha comment was good.

    • billiam55 - Jun 3, 2014 at 6:52 PM


  2. nyeagles10 - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Rangers in 6.. book it..

  3. joey4id - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Nice to see that the system worked. Good call NHL.

  4. mgp1219 - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Why not just apply this rule in the first place? it’s not like the NHL didn’t have time to review the incident before the hearing with Carcillo. Something fishy going on here…

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 3, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      You’re implying the league brass is somewhat competent when it comes to disciplinary issues.

      • mgp1219 - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        Good point, but I think it’s more a matter of integrity than competence

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:17 PM

        Probably both. I wouldn’t make the mistake of attributing either to Bettman & Co.

    • hrudey - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      Although I am ashamed to admit this might be construed as complimentary to the league office, which I in no way intend, the way they do the initial penalties for these situations is the referees specify what specific violation occurred, which in this case initially was the one with the automatic 10 games. On appeal, Carcillo could supply his own version of events, and the league would in its infinite wisdom make sure to screw it up somehow.

      • mgp1219 - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:22 PM


        I agree, but all of the conditions described in rule 40.4, which is what the league is claiming is the reason for the reduced suspension, are obvious just by watching the video once.

      • hrudey - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:25 PM

        True, but in that case you’d be suggesting that the officials applied the rules incorrectly or called something that didn’t happen, and we all know that the officials are never wrong.

        I can’t believe I typed that almost with a straight face. :)

    • imleftcoast - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      I agree. It’s either on the book as 10 games or it should have been 6 games originally. There is no new evidence, what changed?

  5. djshnooks - Jun 3, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Scumbag doesn’t deserve to play.

    Seems the NHL really wants NYR to win.

  6. nyrnashty - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    I’m so so so so so so so sooooooooooo happy he’s playing, we need our sniper back!

  7. rupp246 - Jun 3, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Simple, if the rangers would have lost the series, suspension would have stayed at 10. Since they won, it’s 6. Doesn’t matter, with or without him rangers in 6.

    • henrik4dawin - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      Why the thumbs down– if you read the ruling, which I assume you didn’t, Bettman stated that if the suspension was going to be served in the regular season it would have been longer.

  8. bobsnygiants - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    the Official should get suspended , lot of time they are to physical the way they push and shove.

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