It was only a matter of time before this happened. Daniel Carcillo hit a linesman last night. The NHL has had a hard time getting players to clean up the game, and the way the league has handled players may have led to this.
Players need to be held responsible for their actions, but this season the NHL has given players an inconsistent message. Suspensions have been subjective, and no one knows what a suspend-able offense is and what is not. Let me help with that; Daniel Carcillo should be suspended. Going after a fellow player is one thing, but having the audacity to get involved with a linesman is just dumb.
Stick-tap to the linesman for getting Carcillo to the penalty box. But, the bigger problem here is the lack of professionalism players are showing. I understand that this is their life, and this is their job but what kind of example are they setting for any kids watching. Now, I know athletes shouldn’t be role models, but society has made them into role models. This latest mental breakdown needs to be handled quickly and with a fine and suspension. The NHL cannot allow players like Daniel Carcillo to hit any officials.
In the video found on CBS Sports you can see that all of this came during a scum, but that is no excuse. The linesman cannot be mistaken for a Montreal Canadiens player.
When something like this happens it is a clear violation of NHL rules.
- Rule 40.3 Automatic Suspension – Category II – Any player who deliberately applies physical force to an official in any manner (excluding actions as set out in Category I), which physical force is applied without intent to injure, or who spits on an official, shall be automatically suspended for not less than ten (10) games.
I’d say the Rangers will be without Carcillo for the rest of this series if not the rest of the NHL Playoffs.