Carkner Gets 1 Game Suspension

April 15, 2012

The NHL continues to doll out suspensions in lieu of Saturday night’s physical contest between the Rangers and Ottawa SenatorsBrendan Shanahan announced Senators’ defenseman Matt Carkner will be suspended one game for his actions against Brian Boyle minutes into the opening period.

Just have to laugh at this point. Carl Hagelin gets three games for finishing a check on a player with a concussion history, and Carkner gets inserted into the lineup to injure Boyle and he gets one game.

All these suspensions really stem from Shanahan and the league failing to punish Shea Weber the way it should have. The league received a lot of negative feedback on the $2,500 joke fine, and now it’s “no more Mr. Nice Guy.” Sadly, everyone but Weber will feel the effects.

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UPDATED: Hagelin Suspended Three Games for Hit on Alfredsson

April 15, 2012

The NHL announced that Carl Hagelin will receive a three game suspension for his hit on Daniel Alfredsson Saturday night in Game 2, which reportedly left Alfredsson concussed. The Senators were awarded a five minute powerplay as a result, which led to a goal.

Brendan Shanahan, vice president for player safety, said the hit targeted the head. He also said the league took into account that Hagelin has no prior history with suspensions.

In a statement, the Rangers said: “The New York Rangers accept the NHL’s three-game suspension of Carl Hagelin and will not pursue an appeal. However, we are thoroughly perplexed in the ruling’s inconsistency with other supplementary discipline decisions that have been made throughout this season and during the playoffs. We will have no further comment on this decision.”

Let’s be honest. Shanahan dropped the ball with Shea Weber, and now has to carry a big stick. Weber’s was more vicious than Hagelin and he wasn’t even suspended. Byron Bitz of the Vancouver Canucks completely targeted the head of Kyle Clifford and only got two games.

I was expecting a fine, but I would have laughed in your face if someone suggested three games. 

Looking forward, I’d give Chris Kreider the shot to fill Hagelin’s spot on the top line. The other option — aside from an AHL callup — would be John Scott, and I think that’s a terrible mistake given the speed of the Senators.

No Suspension for Lightning’s Dominic Moore

February 11, 2012

According to, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Dominic Moore will not be suspended for his cheap-shot against Ruslan Fedotenko. He will be fined $2,5000.

Fedotenko left Thursday night’s game and will not be playing this afternoon against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Moore, a former Ranger, targeted the head on a blind-side check to Fedotenko early in third period, which resulted in a two-minute minor for roughing.

“We’re still pretty angry about that,” said Brian Boyle. “That was a really, really dirty play.”

“He should take a look in the mirror because that was garbage,” Boyle said.

This is just another incident of the NHL still not getting it. Moore targeted Fedotenko’s head, and all indications are that Fedotenko suffered a concussion. What is the penalty? A slap on the wrist.

Brendan Shanahan came into the position and was handing out big-time suspensions. I don’t know what or who got in his way, but he’s gone soft. 

Part of the responsibility must fall on the players, most of which have no respect for the men they play with and are OK with trying to ruin careers. The league has turned into a bunch of goons with no disregard for each other’s safety.

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Whatever Happened To: Petr Prucha

July 26, 2011

We’re now a half-decade removed from the 2004-05 NHL Lockout, which cost owners, players and fans an entire year of NHL hockey. Since then, the New York Rangers have been one of the more successful NHL clubs in the league, qualifying for the playoffs in five of the first six seasons after the lockout, albeit just two playoff series victories.

In that time, many prospects with plenty of upside have come and gone from the Rangers. This series will look back at the players who didn’t quite work out here in New York, and where they are now.

In the first installment of the “Whatever Happened To?” series, we’ll take a look at Petr Prucha, one of the more popular Rangers early on after the lockout.

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