New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault spoke out in concern over the 10 game suspension Daniel Carcillo received this week. Vigneault worries that the punishment is potentially a career threat.
A definite repeat offender with the Department of Player Safety, Carcillo’s reputation may affect where he lands going into next season. He is an unrestricted free agent heading into the off season and any future prospects will have this incident fresh in their minds.
Vigneault was displeased with the way Scott Driscoll acted during the altercation:
“I still don’t understand why Scott grabbed him in that fashion. All Scott had to do was tell him he had a penalty. Dan didn’t know he had a penalty. Just, ‘Can you come to the box with me? Here, you have a penalty, and it would’ve been over. In that split moment of grabbing him like that — obviously, it’s inexcusable what Dan did — but those situations or incidents put one after the other leads to a young gentleman’s career moving forward might be very tough here.”
There is no word as to whether Carcillo will rejoin the Rangers next season.
Both Carcillo and his agent, Kevin Epp, declined to comment on the situation. It is also unknown if they plan to appeal the suspension.
Fellow teammate, Brad Richards, had nothing but good things to say about Carcillo:
“Ever since he got here, our team has played well and he’s been great in the locker room. Heard a lot about him before and don’t have one bad thing to say about him as a teammate since he’s been here. Like I said, hopefully this will be a good lesson and turn out the right way for him.”