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Dan Carcillo suspended 7 games

Posted on: January 4, 2012 8:37 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2012 8:41 pm

By: Adam Gretz

The NHL's disciplinary committee has been dropping the hammer all day on Wednesday, and the latest player to face its wrath is Chicago Blackhawks forward Dan Carcillo.

The league had already announced that Carcillo had received an indefinite suspension for his hit from behind on Edmonton defenseman Tom Gilbert on Tuesday night. Carcillo was ejected and given a five-minute major for boarding, a penalty that proved to be costly as Edmonton went on to score a pair of goals on the extended power play during its 4-3 win.

A lengthy suspension was obvious, and on Wednesday evening the league announced that Carcillo has been suspended seven games for the hit.

"Carcillo chips the puck behind Gilbert at the Edmonton blue line creating a race for the end boards," said Brendan Shanahan. "This is a 50/50 puck that either player can win, and in such cases a reasonable amount of physical contact is permissable as the the players jostle for position. However, on this play, Carcillo slows up and gets behind Gilbert, just as Gilbert begins slowing down and bracing himself for some contact, Carcillo explodes into him causing a violent crash into the boards. This is a clear violation of the boarding rule."

Carcillo is a repeat offender in the eyes of the league, and has been fined or suspended nine previous times throughout his NHL career, including a two-game suspension earlier in the season for a similar hit against Carolina defenseman Joni Pitkanen.

That prior history, combined with the violence of the play, as well as the fact that Gilbert was injured, earned Carcillo the second-longest suspension (in terms of regular season games lost) that's been handed out by Shanahan during his time in charge of player safety. Columbus' James Wisniewski missed the first eight games of the regular season for his preseason incident with Minnesota's Cal Clutterbuck.

He won't return to the Chicago lineup until Jan. 18 against the Buffalo Sabres

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Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:34 pm

Dan Carcillo suspended 7 games

The problem with Carcillo is either that he is not smart enough to understand the difference between a good clean hit and obvious intent to injure hit..........or he just doesn't care.  In either case the league would be best served to banish him from playing if he does it again.  I know that sounds extreme, but coming off a 7 game suspension, if he does it again, he clearly will never get the message.  If he can't get the message then he is a menace to the league and should not be allowed on the ice unless it's to shovel the snow during a time out.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:15 pm

Dan Carcillo suspended 7 games

If you actually ever watched him play when he's focusing on the game, or across an extend period of time, you would understand.  I agree, there's nothing wrong with being physical (don't know where you get the opposing notion from).  This guy though goes out of his way to play a style of hockey that is beyond what is acceptable.  When you actually see him out on the ice though with guys and he's not trying to hit someone, he's actually a pretty decent player.  Not good or outstanding, but a decent player. 

how many times did he put the Flyers in short handed situations,
Not as many as you think, because most of his penalties he would draw one right back and make it 4-on-4.  The guy takes more than enough penalties for stupid stuff, but he draws a lot of penalties as well because he can play the agitator role and make the other team go down a man just as easily. 

Again, if you ever actually watched him play, and I mean watch...not a couple of shifts or a game when he's a player on the other team, but I mean over the course of a few seasons, you would understand this.

Bottom line, I'm not defending the guy's actions when he makes the hits he does, because they're inexcusable.  All I'm saying is the guy has more skill than is given credit for, and it's unfortunate for HIM and his TEAM that he's such a mental case that it gets negated with his ridiculous play.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:31 pm

Dan Carcillo suspended 7 games

Carcillo still doesn't understand the difference between being tough and being dirty.  Personally, I enjoy watching the skill of the game along with clean, hard hits/fights.  There's no room in hockey for guys like this.

Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:12 pm

Dan Carcillo suspended 7 games

Blitz, you got to be kidding, this clown is a disgrace! there is nothing wrong with being physical, but you have to be some what productive, the best thing the Flyers did was part ways with poor excuse of a thug! like a poster said, how many times did he put the Flyers in short handed situations, with just being plain stupid!

Since: Oct 16, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:01 pm

Dan Carcillo suspended 7 games

Being a Blackhawks fan and watching that hit made me say the guy was off balance but truthfully it was a vicious hit and not needed in the game. I do think the NHL needs to get back to the old days when a defenseman could hold up a player busting into the zone on a dump in. That will give his partner time a chance to turn and see what's coming.  My one problem with the keep it safe direction the NHL is going to is the referees not being on the same page. Alot of the suspendable hits didn't even get penalties. I think Shanny needs to send out the memos individually to each official!!! Thank God Stuart is there to take those hits for Lindstrom!!

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:15 pm

Dan Carcillo suspended 7 games

First of all Carcillo is useless and really has no purpose in the NHL.  What makes what he did worse is that I can almost guarantee you he doesn't even realize what he did was wrong.
I disagree somewhat with the first part, but totally agree with the 2nd part.  Carcillo has a lot of passing skill and can easily put the puck on the tape of another players stick almost effortlessly when he's actually focused on making a play. 

He just can't do it all the time, because he needs to play with a physical edge that goes beyond what is acceptable and endangers other players.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:13 pm

Dan Carcillo suspended 7 games

What a ticking timebomb this guy is.  You gotta appreciate his energy and the guy does have some skill.  However, his constant ability (or inability) to play past the acceptable "edge of play" gets him in trouble, as well as his short temper.  If he could ever control it, he would be a very useful 2nd-3rd line player, but he never does and I doubt he ever will. 

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:58 am

Dan Carcillo suspended 7 games

It's funny that comments to this post and the suspension are in agreement; when the hit happened, many idiots said that Carcilloo should get off lightly because (shades of Erik Cole) the injured player "put himself in a bad position" by stopping suddenly.  I really love that argument: "hey, foward, you aren't allowed to play the puck near the boards unless you ram yourself into the glass and/or turn around so the other guy can smear you into the glass himself!"  GREAT idea, old-school hockey people!
Hopefully, Shanahan will get better at handing out real punishments and in a consistent manner.  But also, perhaps the lunkheads who are always trying to find an excuse for a cheap-shot artist like Dan Carcillo will soon understand that hockey players should be entitled to safe, free movement when they're playing the puck, unless someone checks them legally, i.e., in order to separate them from the puck.  Smashing a guy with both hands when he's anywhere near the boards (facing you or not, moving or not, stopping or starting) has only one intent: to injure.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:33 am

Dan Carcillo suspended 7 games

I think the Blackhawks should dump Dan Carcillo.  The experiment has failed.  The man is only good for getting pummelled and for putting his team in bad spots.

I just don't see what baby Bowman saw in him.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:25 am

Dan Carcillo suspended 7 games

First of all Carcillo is useless and really has no purpose in the NHL.  What makes what he did worse is that I can almost guarantee you he doesn't even realize what he did was wrong.  He's so reckless and careless that hurting people is comes pretty easy for him...

As for the suspension Shanahan handed down, I'm at the point where I don't really care anymore how many games anybody gets. I hate how some of these rules are written and the fact they take into account if a player is injured pisses me off even more.  I also hate how the league is trying to read minds and figure out if there was any "intent" to injure in some of these cases.

In my mind the NHL has made this a lot tougher then it should be.  If a player is careless, breaks the rules and does something dangerous they should be suspended for x amount of games.  Do it again and get double whatever x was.  Do it a 3rd time and you get a year off.

I don't care if there was "intent" or if a player actually got injured.  How can anybody justify that logic to me?   Logic that says you can crosscheck a player from behind into the boards, face first if you want to.  If the player doesn't get hurt you get less games then another player who wasn't as lucky and actually hurt somebody?  Does that really make sense???

Penalize and suspend the actions of a player..... don't try to read minds and don't reward a player for getting lucky and not injuring somebody. 

This is now getting really stupid....


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