Sources indicate the National Hockey League does not intend to act extremely fast in regards to the aftermath from last night’s Penguins – Islanders game.
The league is gathering all of the possible information and taking their time in reviewing the ordeal as the league will hold in-person hearings and phone interviews with all parties involved this afternoon.
A ruling on suspensions and fines for both sides is not expected to come down until after 6:00 p.m. today.
Some league officials are calling last night’s melee a disgrace to the game and both sides are expected to get hit hard with fines.
From Pittsburgh’s end,
Eric Godard will receive an automatic 10-game suspension.
Dan Bylsma getting an automatic suspension is not guaranteed, pending league review. Some believe he won’t, however, he will for certain be fined.
He did himself good with his comments after the game and what helps Pittsburgh’s cause is that the Islanders were the clear aggressor.
Bylsma also reportedly said he told Godard “don’t go”, before Godard jumped on the ice.
Meanwhile, I would be shocked if Jack Capuano doesn’t receive at least a one game suspension. He made some BS comments how he can’t handle what his players decide to do. I think it was clear he didn’t try to stop the situation.
Matt Martin and Trevor Gillies of the Islanders will receive suspensions of 6 or more games as they will have in person meetings this afternoon.
On the injury front for Pittsburgh, Eric Tangradi will not be in the lineup tomorrow. He is suffering from post-concussion symptoms.
The Penguins will recall Tim Wallace for tomorrow’s game.
With Godard suspended and Tangradi injured, Pittsburgh has 11 forwards.
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