Carl Hagelin is the next NHL player in the playoffs to receive punishment for uncalled-for behavior on the ice. In last nights Rangers-Senators game, Carl Hagelin gave fellow Swede Daniel Alfredsson a concussion when he elbowed Alfredsson along the boards during the second period. NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan said in a statement, “After Alfredsson chips the puck up the boards; Hagelin continues on his path and finishes his check with his arms high, recklessly striking Alfredsson in the side of head with his elbow. This hit is a clear violation of what is defined by NHL rules as elbowing.”
Although Carl Hagelin has never been given a major penalty anywhere, he was slapped with a three-game suspension for his hit on Alfredsson.
The team made a statement after suspension was given, “The New York Rangers accept the NHL’s three-game suspension of Carl Hagelin and will not pursue an appeal. However, we are thoroughly perplexed in the ruling’s inconsistency with other supplementary discipline decisions that have been made throughout this season and during the playoffs.”
Carl Hagelin said, “I sent him a text yesterday and said I’m sorry and very regretful for what happened. I never want to hurt anyone on the ice. That’s not the type of player I am. I’ve never had a major before. Especially being Alfredsson, growing up he’s been a hero back home. He’s been one of my favorite players. He’s won the Olympics, the World Championship with Sweden, so obviously I had no intention of hurting him.” Carl Hagelin continued, “I just hope he’s doing well.”
The 39-year-old Alfredsson may not being doing so great. He has a history of concussions—already missing five games earlier in the season from a hit from Wojtek Wolski. After last nights elbow to the face, Alfredsson retired to the locker room and stayed there for the remainder of the game.
The Rangers continue against the Senators in Game 3 tonight.