Daniel Carcillo is exercising his right to appeal his 10-game suspension for physical abuse of officials. The National Hockey League Players Association announced Saturday that Carcillo has requested his suspension be reviewed by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Carcillo was assessed a game misconduct after hitting linesman Scott Driscoll in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals and received an automatic 10-game suspension per Rule 40.3, which covers physical abuse of officials.
Carcillo was ruled to have committed a Category II violation of abuse of officials. He had 72 hours to file his appeal, which will include an in-person hearing with Bettman.
It's hard to find a scenario in which Carcillo will win this appeal, however.
Carcillo was upset after being restrained by a linesman after he was whistled for charging and a fight involving Brandon Prust of the Canadiens and Derek Dorsett of the Rangers. Carcillo was being escorted to the box, rather aggressively by Driscoll, but not necessarily out of the ordinary. Carcillo tried to break free from Driscoll and at one point appeared to elbow the linesman in the face. He was immediately tossed.
The NHL is not going to take a situation like this lightly and I'd almost guarantee that Bettman is going to uphold this suspension.
Carcillo really doesn't have any choice but to appeal. He gives him chance to at least plead his case, which he didn't get previously due to the automatic suspension.
This suspension could effectively end his postseason and should the Rangers be eliminated, it would carry into next season. Additionally, Carcillo is a pending free agent this summer. His already bad reputation has been harmed even more by losing control and hitting an official.
This is something Rangers coach Alain Vigneault touched on in his remarks with the media after the team's practice Saturday, saying he worried about Carcillo's personal future.
“His first comments to me was ‘I know I should have been in better control,'” Vigneault said. “There is no excuse for what happened. Two wrongs don't make a right. Whatever happened before, he should have been in better control there. He knows that. I can't begin to tell you how bad he feels about the whole thing. I mean, his situation, his personal future, the team. There is nothing he can do about it now, and there is nothing we can do about it.”
Vigneault probably couldn't use Carcillo much more in the series even if he wins his appeal, especially after an outburst like that. It would be too risky, but this could have a negative impact on the remainder of Carcillo's career. And maybe it should.
Carcillo probably will still find a team that wants his edgy style on their roster, but the market could be softening quite a bit as he showed he doesn't often harness that aggressiveness properly.
The time and date for Carcillo's appeal hearing has not yet been announced.