Jarkko Ruutu has been suspended two games for his elbow to the head of Maxim Lapierre last night (note BGL going toward Ruutu but impeded by the outstretched body of Max, which slows him down enough for Francis Bouillon to get there first).
This will make our own Eric Engels and a lot of other people happy.
Guy Carbonneau said after the game he hoped the league would review a flagrant head shot.
The league did, and Ruutu is gone … till the next time.
Ruutu will forfeit $13,978.50. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
He will miss Ottawa’s home-and-home series against the Islanders Thursday and Saturday.
"(We’re) disappointed that it is two games, but obviously the NHL
have set a very high standard for a hit like this, that I felt
deflected off the shoulder to the head. Especially for a player with no
history of suspensions, no history of even being called in front of the
league. But we do have to abide by what is called. And obviously going
forward we know now that this is the standard for anybody that gets hit
in the head area," said general manager Bryan Murray in a release on
"Well obviously, it is what it is, and I have to live with it," said
Ruutu in a release. "Like I said, I had no intention to do it, but
accidents will happen and I’ll have to deal with the consequences."
Canadiens’ head coach Guy Carbonneau had a different opinion on the matter.
"I think it was a deliberate head shot," Carbonneau told the
Canadian Press Wednesday after team practice. "We all know what kind of
player (Ruutu) is, so I’ll leave it at that."
"I don’t know if the number of games should be influenced (by a
player’s reputation)," Carbonneau added. "But I definitely think if
it’s the kind of player where these things happen a lot, it should
definitely enter into the equation."
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