Philadelphia Flyers: Daniel Carcillo Suspended; John Stevens Fired, What Now?

December 7th, 2009 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter

When it comes to the NHL handing out suspensions, they have a reputation for being far too lenient at times. That said, in the case of Philadelphia Flyers forward Daniel Carcillo, it appears as if Colin Campbell and the NHL got it right this time.

Let’s face it, Carcillo’s sucker punch on Washington Capitals' Forward Matt Bradley was nothing short of an act of thuggery and extreme cowardice.

Carcillo, who was on the wrong end of a big hit distributed by Bradley, acted with recklessness and disregard when he sucker-punched Bradley and, while the four-game suspension will suffice, he is lucky he didn’t get more than that.

With all the talk about what constitutes a late hit, bad hit, or dirty hit these days, the NHL has had its hands full trying to differentiate the three and establish appropriate punishment.

When you look at the Carcillo incident, there was absolutely no doubt in my mind that he was guilty of a dirty hit. Sucker punching an opponent is an act of stupidity and, given the possibility of long-term injury to the victim, Carcillo is lucky he didn’t c ...

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