When Zac Rinaldo was given a match penalty during an AHL game over the weekend for an illegal check to the head it meant that he was almost certainly facing a lengthy suspension from that league.
On Monday, the AHL announced that Rinaldo has in fact been suspended five games for this check to the head of Bridgeport Sound Tigers player Kane Lafranchise.
Because Rinaldo's suspension was indefinite pending a league review, he has already served two games of the suspension.
Rinaldo doing something to get suspended isn't exactly a new development.
This is the kind of player he is, and he simply does not seem to be getting the message no matter how many games he is forced to miss because of his actions on the ice. He has been suspended multiple times throughout his career in both the AHL and NHL.
What makes this one so stunning is it came less than a week after he was given another five-game suspension in the NHL for an illegal check to the head of Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cedric Paquette.
That incident happened after the Boston Bruins, Rinaldo's current NHL team, placed him on waivers for the purposes of sending him down to the AHL. He was sent to Providence after that game against the Lightning. He will not begin serving that suspension in the NHL until he gets called back up by the team, meaning he was still able to continue playing in the AHL.
It took him one game (half of a game, actually) to make sure he was also suspended from that league as well. The next step in this journey of chaos would seem to be the ECHL.
Rinaldo has played 275 games in the NHL. He has already been suspended four different times for a total of 19 games for illegal hits, while also recording 655 penalty minutes.
The Bruins traded a third-round pick to the Philadelphia Flyers over the summer to acquire Rinaldo. It was always an odd allocation of resources, but it now seems to be completely reckless.