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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: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2012 7:20 pm

Carcillo suspended indefinitely for Gilbert hit

Give him 5 games for the hit. It's not as bad as everyone is making it out to be. An early hit that went wrong really quick. I don't think Carcillo meant to send Gilbert flying into the boards. Gilbert even said he should have been more prepared for the hit given the situation. Was it a clean hit...not at all, but it's being made to be worse than it actually is. Give him 5 games and call it a day. He probably busted up his knee too as it is. Given that he stopped right away after initial contact and tried stopping himself shows he wasn't trying drive GIlbert into the boards after he sent him flying. Again, an early hit that went as bad as you could imagine. Intent wasn't there, but what happened has happened. 

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 7:04 pm

Carcillo suspended indefinitely for Gilbert hit

Shanny was a..."soft"...player? That is the most ignorant statement I have read ever on CBSSports.

Since: Jan 1, 2012
Posted on: January 3, 2012 6:52 pm

Carcillo suspended indefinitely for Gilbert hit

Awful. Hopefully the D-bag blew his knee out and can go back to pumping gas where he belongs

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 6:30 pm

Carcillo suspended indefinitely for Gilbert hit

If he would have touched the puck first it would have been a great hit. The kid got smeared but he didnt protect himself either. Shanahan was a soft player and he is making a bigger issue out of this one hit then he should by issuing such a harsh suspension.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 6:21 pm

Carcillo suspended indefinitely for Gilbert hit

I blame it on Jerry Angelo
Now what are you blaming on Jerry, the last I check that Jerry has nothing to do with Chicago Balckhawks.

Since: Sep 14, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 6:19 pm

Carcillo suspended indefinitely for Gilbert hit

This guy isnt a hockey player he is a thug..No hockey ski;lls what so ever..I never say this about a player but if he blew out his own knee it would be zero loss for the hawks.

Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 6:04 pm

Carcillo suspended indefinitely for Gilbert hit

I blame it on Jerry Angelo

Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2012 5:59 pm

Carcillo at it again: Ejected for Gilbert hit

I saw the hit developing live, and was excited for what was sure to be a smart hard check into the boards by Carcillo on the unsuspecting Oiler. Instead what I saw was clearly a dangerous and uncalled for assault that reminded me of the Alex Ovechkin hit on Brian Campbell a couple of years ago. I was outraged by that hit and am outraged by Carcillo's hit, too. When a hockey player is speeding across the goal line towards the boards to get to an icing, he is prone to injury by a hit from behind and every hockey player knows this. Ovechkin's hit was indefensible and warranted more than the 2 games suspension he received. Campbell was left with a broken shoulder and became a shell of himself as a player. Hopefully, Gilbert was not severely hurt, but he could have been, and Carcillo's hit is inexcusable. And, oh yeah, his penalty resulted in two goals and cost his team a 4-3 Loss. Stupid play, by a guy that has talent, but doesn't know how to put it to good use on the ice.

Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: January 3, 2012 5:49 pm

Carcillo suspended indefinitely for Gilbert hit

Matt Cooke would be suspended 25 games for that hit.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 5:46 pm

Carcillo suspended indefinitely for Gilbert hit

And though I don't think it was all that they are making it out to be, guys this was never legal, was never just a check, and did not happen every night 15 years ago. You have never been able to drive a guy into the boards with your stick from behind before he ever touches the puck. That is like three different infractions! But I do agree it looks alot worse than it is and Gilbert had plenty of time to protect himself both before and after the hit to prevent serious injury. Looks like Carcillo ended up getting the moe serious injury anyway. Karma? 

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