Blog Entry

Flyers' Rinaldo suspended two games for charging

Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:14 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 1:57 am
 

By Brian Stubits

Players across the NHL had been on their best behavior since the All-Star break. Alex Ovechkin was the last player suspended and that came with a game to go before the midseason vacation.

That was until Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo decided to charge Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson on Sunday night in Detroit's 4-3 win.

For the hit, Brendan Shanahan issued the rookie Rinaldo a two-game suspension.

As usual, Shanahan is very descriptive in breaking down why Rinaldo was suspended. In this instance, he was clear in pointing out that Rinaldo could have delivered a legal check and Ericsson should have been more aware of what was coming instead of looking back at his pass.

But that doesn't absolve Rinaldo from charging and turning a good hit into a bad hit. Making this perhaps my favorite Shanahan video this year, it busts out the telestrator and a little math. Taking into account that Rinaldo is five inches shorter than Ericsson, he clearly had to launch himself into the air to connect with Ericsson's head like he did.

Rinaldo was skating on thin ice. It was just eight days ago that he was fined not once but twice in the same game. One was for a late hit, the other for a slew foot. That didn't curry him any favor, Shanahan hasn't looked down kindly on repeat offenders.

Rinaldo has been good for the Flyers in his first season in the NHL. He has also proven he fits in the mold of classic Flyers, playing a little reckless at times and proving he's not afraid to throw the gloves down.

Check out this nugget on Rinaldo from Broad Street Hockey: Rinaldo has 285 minutes on the ice versus 276 minutes in the penalty box or on suspension.

More NHL Discipline news

More from Eye on Hockey

Rinaldo fined for late hit, slew foot

For more hockey news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnHockey and @BrianStubitsNHL on Twitter.

Comments

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:33 pm
 

Flyers' Rinaldo suspended two games for charging

Please, get a grip!  He may be a young aggressive undisciplined player. But he's not a piece of crap.  There are far more dirty players in the NHL than Rinaldo. 



Since: Jun 6, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:34 am
 

Flyers' Rinaldo suspended two games for charging

could have destroyed em anyway. no need to leave his feet. i like rinaldo but he needs to use his head more.
i think he was tryingTongue out

he really shouldnt be playing much anyway.  overall this season the flyers have taken a lot of bad penalties.  those penalties resulted in a lot of PP goals for the rangers and red wings this past weekend.  if they dont fix the over abundant penalties and trade for a defensemen, its one and done again for the flyers in the playoffs.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:31 am
 

Flyers' Rinaldo suspended two games for charging

I wonder what type of punishment Kromwell is going to get...



Since: Jan 2, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:05 am
 

Flyers' Rinaldo suspended two games for charging

Rinaldo is a piece of crap enough said



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:31 am
 

Flyers' Rinaldo suspended two games for charging

I still have a problem with this suspension. I also find it ironic that Brendan Shannahan is the league enforcer for disciplinary issues.  He always complained about getting hit when he played.  I have the same opinion for football as well, you have to watch how you hit a receiver, you can't hit the QB at the kness, you can't hit him up high. When you hit him in the middle, 9 times out of 10 they call leading with the helmet. Hard hits are part of both sports. Rinaldo is a smaller guy than Ericsson, should he have delivered that hit to Ericsson's stomach area or his shoulder?  I am a Flyers fan, but it wouldn't matter if someone hit one of our players like this. No contact was made with the head, so I don't believe that a suspension was necessary. 



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 6:18 am
 

Flyers' Rinaldo suspended two games for charging

Will someone ... ANYONE ... please tell cbssports.com that the Pittsburgh Penguins DO NOT play in the Mellon Arena?  When the executives at Consol Energy approved money for the naming rights to the new Pittsburgh arena, they intended for highly regarded sports websites like this one to know, and act accordingly.  



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:40 pm
 

Flyers' Rinaldo suspended two games for charging

I originally thought this was a clean check, but a different angle on the video and being able to freeze it at the moment of impact instead of just hitting pause on a straight-on angle shows a different story. I agree that this was charging.

Great explanation by Shanahan, especially stating that Rinaldo was in position to deliver a clean check and saying that Ericsson has some responsibility to protect himself better.



Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:21 pm
 

Flyers' Rinaldo suspended two games for charging

Good explanation of the suspension.  For those of you who hate on Rinaldo, I like him more than Carcillo, who he has replaced in the agitator role.  I wonder what type of fine/suspension Shanny would have given Bertuzzi for his hit (I am being kind) on Steve Moore.   



Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:53 pm
 

Flyers' Rinaldo suspended two games for charging

Kuddos to Brendan Shanahan for the consistent and detailed explanations he gives when issuing the suspensions. i think he is fair and his decisions are well thought out before he gives them out.



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:15 pm
 

Flyers' Rinaldo suspended two games for charging

Kind of hard to argue that when you see the height difference, and where he hit the guy.  I'm curious if it would have been a suspension if he hadn't just been nailed with those previous fines.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com