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Dan Carcillo’s dirty hit earns him a seven-game suspension

Daniel Carcillo, Tom Gilbert

Chicago Blackhawks left wing Daniel Carcillo, left, boards Edmonton Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert, receiving a game misconduct penalty, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


Will players like Dan Carcillo and Raffi Torres ever learn? That’s a tough call, but if they keep making bad decisions, their paychecks will keep getting smaller. The NHL handed Carcillo a seven-game suspension for an ugly boarding hit on Edmonton Oilers blueliner Tom Gilbert.

If there’s one semi-consistent trend when it comes to Brendan Shanahan’s recent verdicts, it’s that he’ll hand out some of the heftiest punishments for checks from behind. Carcillo’s status as a repeat offender means that he’ll lose money from the span of time he’ll miss, not just the games so this one will cost him $66,158.54.

This is Carcillo’s second suspension of this season, as his last involuntary rest came on Nov. 28.

Obviously seven games ranks as a long time to sit, but where do you stand? Was that too much, not enough or the perfect amount? Will this be the punishment that opens the Chicago Blackhawks pest’s eyes like Matt Cooke’s last suspension did for him? Share your perspective in the comments.