National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today ruled that the suspension toNew York Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo will be revised to six (6) games for his actions in violation of Rule 40.4 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final in New York on May 22.
Carcillo had originally been assessed a suspension under Rule 40.3 for deliberately applying physical force to an official. A violation of that particular Rule requires a minimum suspension of "not less than ten (10) games."
After considering Carcillo's appeal during a hearing at the NHL's New York office on Friday, May 30, the Commissioner ruled that Carcillo's actions were more appropriately deemed a violation of Rule 40.4 for deliberately applying "physical force to an official for the sole purpose of getting free of such official during or immediately following an altercation." The Commissioner determined that as appropriately re-classified under Rule 40.4, and under the totality of the circumstances, a suspension of six (6) games was the proper penalty.
Two months before Milan Lucic reportedly threatened to kill Montreal Canadiens' Dale Weise while shaking hands after the series-ending Game 7, the Boston Bruins' power forward was pitching an anti-bullying book.
Called Not Cool to Bully in School, the left winger and his wife, Brittany, released the children's book in March. The book, which can be purchased online, encourages kids not to bully in school.
Co-author Jon Goode said he stands "100 per cent" behind the book despite Wednesday night's incident.
There was a very entertaining segment on today's TSN's OTR dealing with Lucic and the series finale, entitled "Hate or Be Hated".