Mon 4 Feb 2008
Ryan Hollweg has already earned a one-game suspension for his five-minute Boarding major against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday afternoon because it was his second offense of this nature. On February 5, Hollweg received a five-minute major for Hitting From Behind. According to the NHL rulebook, a player is assessed a one-game suspension automatically when he receives two of these type of penalties.
It is now up to Senior Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell to review the hit on Sergei Kostitsyn to see if an additional suspension is warranted. Given that the Rangers and Hollweg were warned earlier in the season, and the fact that Hollweg seems to have a target on his back as far as the NHL is concerned, look for Campbell to hit Hollweg with an additional suspension – about three to five games is my best guestimate.
UPDATE: With Brendan Shanahan expected to be out of the lineup for another week or so as he rests his assorted bumps and bruises, the Rangers recalled Dane Byers from Hartford.
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