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Carcillo suspended indefinitely for Gilbert hit

Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:05 am
Edited on: January 3, 2012 3:55 pm

By Brian Stubits

Daniel Carcillo is going to know Brendan Shanahan pretty well soon. At this rate he'll know Shanny's favorite food, his anniversary and exactly how hard Shanahan can lay the hammer down.

The Chicago Blackhawks forward earned himself an indefinite suspension from Shanahan over his hit Monday night on Tom Gilbert of the Edmonton Oilers. It was brutally impressive, an ugly yet eye-popping hit that sent Gilbert careening through the air like a Frisbee.

Holy smokes.

In this era of homer announcers, you know it's bad when the play by play guy's first word after the hit by one of his team's players is "Oh! That's going to be a suspension."

It is, the question remains how many games. That fits a dirty hit by about any definition you want to use. Not to mention boarding -- and interference if you felt so inclined.

"I knew who it was and you have to be aware," Gilbert said. "I should have been more ready for a guy whose made those kind of hits before."

Gilbert, not surprisingly, left the game with an injury from the hit. The kicker? Carcillo did, too. So not only did his hit likely cost him some games and salary from the NHL, it could also cost him some additional time if the injury is bad. Talk about a double whammy.

I admit to getting a little gun-shy on guessing the length of Shanahan suspension calls recently. I thought he let Raffi Torres go too long before suspending him for a third questionable hit in three games and also felt that he missed the boat on the Tomas Kopecky, Michael Del Zotto incident.

But there's no way there's not a hefty suspension for Carcillo here, right? After all, he has already been smacked by the Shanahammer once this season for boarding and has been suspended a somewhat remarkable five times already in his career.

That makes for the Shanahan trifecta: A bad hit that resulted in an injury from a player with a history of supplemental discipline. If there is no suspension from this mix, then I'm left wondering all over again like it's the Colin Campbell era.

I'd guess Carcillo gets an in-person hearing for this, opening up the possibility of five games or more. How many games do you think he should get?

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Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:01 am

Carcillo suspended indefinitely for Gilbert hit

I agree with plane. This was a case of recklessness on the part of Carcillo. I don't think it was malicious. But it is suspendable and if Carcillo is a repeat offender, as many here have indicated, the league will slap a big one on him.

Since: Jun 30, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 9:42 am

Carcillo suspended indefinitely for Gilbert hit

I don't get why this is a big deal ..... it was a big hit ???    We have to quit trying to find fault with every single hit .... and if we are going to punish people for the hit then punish them for the hit and not the result !
It is impossible to read the fine line between an awsome hockey hit and a season ending suspension hit .... sometimes they look identical , on some nights the same hit puts you out of the game early on other nights the same hit gets you high 5's from your team mates .... this is way to fine of a line to walk !!!!! 

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 9:41 am

Carcillo suspended indefinitely for Gilbert hit

give him a 10-gamer.  Carcillo is a repeat offender.  Shanny should make it clear that one more and it will be the rest of the season.  Carcillo is a thug.  When the flyers don't want you around, you know it's bad. 

Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 7:43 am

Carcillo suspended indefinitely for Gilbert hit

Give him 10-15 game suspension.  Hell make it 20, send a message.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:10 am

Carcillo suspended indefinitely for Gilbert hit

Not that I don't miss the old days also.  You do realize those "Real Men" your talking about are the same guys who are begging the current players union for money because they got their heads knocked around so much when they played that they can't even function in normal society now right?

Praising those guys for being tough back before anyone knew just how much long term damage concussions actually did is one thing.  To bash current players for being careful when it comes to head injuries is ignorant though.  Feel free to call modern players weak, soft, or whatever demeaning terms you want to.  I'll stick with calling them smart for wanting to actually have some quality of life after hockey.

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:54 pm

Carcillo suspended indefinitely for Gilbert hit

Heard That Sammy , Bring Back The Hammer Dave Schultz and  John Wensink  !!!!!!

Since: Dec 31, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:51 pm

Carcillo suspended indefinitely for Gilbert hit

Bring back the 80's when hockey platyers where MEN , Hockey players NOW are friggin girls compared to  the 70's and 80's . that hit would have been a 2 minute penalty back then and every highlight film for as a week ....... hockey has sure gone down , guy gets hit nowadays he is out for 3 weeks  claiming headaches , yet those guys played without helmets and if they got their bell rung they would be back the next day , maybe it is better for the players now , but most of these players couldn't play back then

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:10 pm

Carcillo suspended indefinitely for Gilbert hit

Redskin81hof was right on about people saying the hit use to be legal.  This type of hit has never been accepted, or legal in the NHL.  Players dumb enough to make a play like this 30 years ago weren't worried about getting suspended.  They were worried about the 5 guys on other team who were going to try and take his head off for making such a dumb play.

I do agree with people saying it wasn't as bad as people are making it sound though.  I don't think it was a really dirty play, but I don't think it was clean either.  Gilbert himself said he should have been more prepared for it.  Gilbert not protecting himself like he should have.  Combined with Carcillo being more aggressive then he should have been is what makes this look so bad.

"His reputation will cause more of a fine and suspension than the actual hit should have"

Yeah! because a history of taking cheap shots should have nothing at all to do with what punishment he should get for a dirty shot today!

All we need now is for Carcillo to start crying saying the league is picking on him again.  What was it he said after his last suspension?  Something along the lines of changing his name because the league targets him?  Great job showing the league your such a stand up player buddy.  Go back to the trailor parks where you belong.
Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:52 pm
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Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:45 pm

Carcillo suspended indefinitely for Gilbert hit

Dan Carcillo is an idiot.

He brings nothing to the table at all.

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