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Carcillo happy not being a ‘dead man walking’

Jun 4, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT

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New York Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo got a reprieve on Tuesday when the NHL announced they reduced his suspension for striking an official from 10 games to six.

Carcillo’s successful appeal means he’ll potentially get to play in at least one game of the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings as he’ll be eligible to return in Game 4. As you might expect, he feels relieved to have a chance to suit up as Katie Strang of ESPN.com shared.

“It’s awesome. It puts a little jump in your step. I’ve been a bit of a dead man walking the last two weeks. Or the last week and a half. It was tough,” Carcillo said during media availability Tuesday. “To hear that this morning as soon as you wake up, it just gives a little boost, a little energy. Just to be able to be around the guys in three games will be great. I’m just really encouraged. Like I said, hopefully they don’t need me, but it is nice to be able to be around the guys again.”

With Carcillo eligible to play in the Final, that means he’ll get a chance to face off against one of his former teams in the Kings. The Rangers were able to soldier on well without him in the lineup going 2-1 against Montreal following his incident in Game 3.

It may be tricky for Carcillo to get back in the lineup after how well the team played without him and after getting Derick Brassard back, but things could change quickly in the next three games.

  1. joey4id - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Good for the kid. In his defense, he didn’t know he had a penalty, and Driscoll kind of manhandled him.

    • 7mantel - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      The earth must be falling off it’s axis ! I’m agreeing with you for the third time this season !

      • joey4id - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        I’m not sure what’s more scary. The fact that we agree, or the fact that you’re actually counting the times we agree. :-) But! That’s probably not as bad as my re-posts that many find annoying.

        Cheers! Hope we get to see great hockey. 7 games please.

  2. hockey412 - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    I wonder how he feels about being an a-hole, though.

  3. nj666 - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    where are all those ranger fans who claim “the league hates them” and the rest of that boo hooary?

    • nebbah306 - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      It was more that the league wanted Montreal to win to get as many games in the ECF as possible. Although, there has been terrible officiating all playoffs.

  4. pjblake2redwings - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    bums like him and cooke know this is there only chance for a cup since they are usually out of the league around 32 these days

    • chrisjdonohue - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      carcillo won a cup with chicago you jamook.

      • nj666 - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        try to find his name on it…

      • nebbah306 - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:03 PM

        He played 23 games that year, he should be on the cup, no?

      • 2qswing - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:09 PM

        barely played … dumped right after the season. There are 100 AHL players more talented

    • argofckyourself - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      Carcillo has a Cup with Chicago and is guaranteed to get a ring this year no matter who wins. So, yeah.

    • cofran2004 - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      except he already has a cup, and this would be number 2 for him. whoops.

  5. theskinsman - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    I’m glad they lightened up on him.

  6. hosewater2 - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    I imagine AV would rather the suspension held up because now he’s gonna get all kinds of media hassle annoyance about whether he’s playing Carcillo in game 4 or healthy scratching him.

    • 7mantel - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      Do you really think AV is worried about Carcillo and the media,don’t think so ! Torts might have blasted the A HOLE reporter asking that question but I don’t see AV getting caught up it that BS .

      • hosewater2 - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        No I don’t think he’s “worried” about it, but if he’s human he’s not looking forward to the annoyance of a bunch of writers making an issue of whether or not a marginal player like Carcillo will be put back in. Unnecessary distraction.

  7. twesty85 - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    It’s good he’ll be on the ice for the final game of the season.

  8. schusters3 - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Name on cup requires 41 reg season games or 1 Cup Final game.

  9. terrier92 - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    To nj666 he is right after Brookbank and before Crawford. Look it up

  10. 2qswing - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    I’d healthy scratch this bum very game. There are plenty of players who play on the edge but actually have nhl skill sets. All this guy does everywhere he goes is take stupid penalties, take needless runs at guys, puts his team in a hole. He’s been on 3 or 4 teams in 4 years for a reason.

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