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.”

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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.

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Zuccarello Fined, Wolski Sits

October 8, 2011

Some Rangers news tid-pits prior to today’s tilt with the Anaheim Ducks, who fell to the Buffalo Sabres, 4-1, yesterday in Finland.

The NHL handed winger Mats Zuccarello a $2,500 fine following his cross-check to Los Angeles King Kyle Clifford. Zuccarello seemed bump Clifford, sending him head first into the boards. It wasn’t a vicious hit by any means, as Clifford seemed to just lose an edge. Zuccarello is obviously a first-time offender, and no suspension is forthcoming.

The Rangers announced Erik Christensen would play today, taking the place of Wojtek Wolski, who the team says is feeling the affects of his groin injury in the preseason. Let’s read between the lines, though, and Wolski is getting scratched. He played very little in yesterday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Kings, and has already squandered his chance to play alongside Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards on the top-line.

Check back after the game for some reaction and [possibly] some quotes.
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