Chicago Blackhawks forward Dan Carcillo has been suspended 6 games by the NHL for his cross-check on Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perrault.
Perrault is out until after the All-Star Break with what’s believed to be a torn ligament in his elbow. Watching the play, it looked like it’d be far longer.
Carcillo was given a two-minute minor for cross-checking by referees Ghislain Hebert and Tom Kowal.
Jets head coach Paul Maurice called it “a vicious cross-check to an unsuspecting player.” Carcillo unsurprisingly disagreed, downplaying the incident.
“I didn’t think it was very malicious or anything,” said Carcillo. “It was just kind of a hockey play. It was at the end of the shift (and) I must have just caught him between some padding. I’ve been hit there before too. It hurts. Hopefully, he’s okay.”
“He’s got to make sure [he knows] the boundaries,” Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville said of Carcillo. “That leash is so tight that you don’t want to go the wrong way where all of a sudden you’re in the box, or things like that.”
Carcillo should be well aware. He’s spent 1,211 minutes in the penalty box over his 421-game career. He’s also been suspended before. This is Carcillo’s 10th career suspension. He was suspended during the 2014 playoffs for abuse of officials after grappling with linesman Scott Driscoll. Carcillo sat for two separate incidents, boarding and checking from behind, in 2011-12.
” I don’t really like to speak on that too much, but I mean, you guys obviously know my reputation, so …”
That reputation is what contributed to the length of Carcillo’s sentence. Here’s the NHL’s official ruling:
Carcillo will forfeit $40,243.92 in salary as a result of the suspension.