The New York Rangers are looking at the real possibility that they could be without Daniel Carcillo for the rest of the postseason, unless they somehow get to a Game 7 situation in the Stanley Cup that would then be beyond the 10-game suspension that has been handed down from the NHL.
Carcillo’s suspension, which was handed out on Friday, stems from an incident in Game 3 against the Montreal Canadiens in which Carcillo got a little too hands with a linesman and was kicked out of the game. Making contact with an official is one thing but what Carcillo did deserved punishment but maybe not the ten games he got.
That’s the thinking, at least, behind Carcillo’s expected appeal which is being filed to the NHL ahead of Game 4 on Sunday.
According to the NHLPA’s official site, an appeal to review the suspension has been sent to the league and theNHL will take n final look at things before a suspension is finalized one way or another.
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Carcillo doesn’t have the cards stacked in his favor, as the NHL isn’t really all that forgiving of players they’ve handed suspensions too but there are notable cases in which an appeal has worked.
For Carcillo, he made contact with an official on multiple occasions and you get fined for just talking ill of them, let alone touching them in the manner Carcillo did.
Still, the suspension may get reduced from ten games which would be a big win for the Rangers.
They may not get him back for the remainder of this series, but if they continue this dream season to a Stanley Cup berth, then having Carcillo at their disposal will be key in making sure their attack is well rounded and the holes in their lineup aren’t too glaring.