"Ducks LW Jarkko Ruutu suspended for one game by NHL"
via Eric Stephens twitter
Mod Update: NHL Statement
TORONTO – Anaheim Ducks forward Jarkko Ruutu has been suspended for one game for delivering a late hit to Nashville Predators forward Martin Erat in Game Four of their Western Conference quarterfinal last night, the National Hockey League announced today.
The incident occurred 4:00 into the second period and Ruutu was assessed a minor penalty for interference on the play.
Ruutu's suspension will be served tomorrow night (April 22) when the Ducks host the Predators in Game Five of the series. -NHL-
Last edited by Mooseduck: 04-21-2011 at 08:21 PM.
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Not that he's the most important player for the Ducks but that's just absolutely ridiculous. Even the minor penalty was pushing and now they give him suspension? Is this really what the "new NHL" has become?
Unbelievable. The hit was maybe half a second late if that. Interference was already assessed on the play. Bogus job by the NHL again. Campbell is a piece of ****.
It's 0,3 seconds too late, contact is made ~0,8 seconds after the pass. Even a minor penalty was there and there, the referee 10 feet away didn't raise his hand. Suspension is an absolute ****ing joke, Campbell should fire himself before he embarrasses himself more.
Is there video of this hit with a clock? Because I didn't even really think it was worth the 2 minutes. This is ridiculous.
Sometimes you can understand a suspension being extra long because there was no penalty called in game (like Pronger-Holmstrom), but this time he did get the penalty. You're telling me Ruutu's hit was as dangerous as Stoll's?
I normally defend the front office on suspensions. I was all for 2 games for Ryan, and more for Pronger's stomp. I was fine with Pronger's suspensions in 2007 (even kind of thought he should get an extra for the 1st one). But this really just floors me. But Giordano is still dumb.
I'm not even sure how Erat got that badly hurt on the hit.