Sunday, February 13, 2011

Two Islanders suspended - Gillies gets 9, Martin gets 4

Godard, as expected, got the automatic 10 games.

The best part about this for me as a fan is that the suspensions will hit Gillies and Martin in the pocketbook. It will cost Martin about $41,000 and Gillies about $24,000.

The Islanders were also fined $100,000 as an organization.

Both Gillies and Martin were ruled as deliberate attempts to injure. Here's the quote from Colin Campbell:
"The actions by the Islanders' Gillies and Martin were deliberate attempts to injure by delivering blows to the head of players who were unsuspecting and unable to defend themselves. The message should be clear to all players: targeting the head of an opponent by whatever means will be dealt with by suspension."
If the NHL really wants to get rid of the nonsense, these suspensions need to be longer.

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