So, the last time that Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson was suspended he received a 20-game suspension. Now after a nasty hit on Boston Bruins’ Brandon Carlo, he received just a seven-game suspension. Should it have been more? How do you explain that?
The scribe notes that the Department of Player Safety initially looked at the hit as a check-to-the-head incident, but decided that a boarding penalty had a better chance of earning a suspension. Even though the league has been shortened to 56 games, Wyshynski pointed out that the suspension was not pro-rated.
Even though Wilson is a repeat offender, having been suspended for two preseason games, 24 (reduced to 18) regular season games and three playoff games over his career, it didn’t mean that he was going to get a longer suspension than the 20 games he received on Oct. 3, 2018 (for his check-to-the-head of St. Louis’ Oskar Sundqvist), based on CBA rules. Rule 18.1 of the collective bargaining agreement states that “players who repeatedly violate League Playing Rules will be more severely punished for each new violation.” The Department of Player Safety doesn’t interprets that rule to mean that Wilson’s next suspension would be longer than the 20 games he received more than two years ago. Instead, it is interpreted that a repeat offender would receive a greater punishment than a first-time offender, although the fact that Wilson hasn’t been suspended for 29 months was taken into account. Hence the seven-game ruling.
- Wyshynski also notes that while Wilson is considered a repeat offender when it comes to supplemental discipline, that wasn’t the case when it comes to money forfeited. According to the CBA, a player is no longer considered a repeat offender after 18 months without a suspension. Therefore, he only forfeited $311,782 from Saturday’s ruling. CapFriendly adds that had he been considered a repeat offender, he would have lost $645,833.
- Samantha Pell of the Washington Post reports that despite early reports that Wilson received an in-person hearing, that wasn’t the case. Wilson waived his right to that and chose instead to participate in a standard conference call instead.
- On the Bruins front, Carlo was taken to the hospital by ambulance Saturday night after the hit. The team announced that Carlo was released from the hospital early Sunday morning and is home resting. Head coach Bruce Cassidy said that he has spoken to Carlo and said the blueliner is feeling better. However, Carlo is expected to be out awhile, most likely week-to-week. A team that already has quite a few injury issues on the blueline, the Bruins will now bring Urho Vaakanainen into their rotation and have him play next to Jarred Tinordi on their third-pairing.
- While no official roster moves have come from the San Jose Sharks, CapFriendly reports that forward Joachim Blichfeld, who was suspended two games for a hit on Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon, has served his two-game suspension and returns to the team’s active roster. Whether the Sharks intend on keeping him on their roster, send him to the taxi squad or return him to the San Jose Barracuda of the AHL remains to be seen. Blichfeld was making his season debut Wednesday.