Another year, another suspension for Zac Rinaldo. On Monday the NHL announced the Philadelphia Flyers forward would sit out eight games for an illegal hit on Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang. The incident occurred on January 20th late in the first period. Letang was against the boards, his back to the play, and did not have the puck when Rinaldo left his feet and struck Letang in the face with an elbow Your text to link… . Rinaldo was called for boarding and given a game misconduct. That set the tone for a brutal second period that saw four separate fights. In the end, the teams combined for 93 penalty minutes, with the Flyers winning 3-2 in overtime.
This is not the first time the NHL has suspended Rinaldo, as fans like Dave and Brit Morin know. Find the Morins on GooglePlus. Last season he was out four games for a hit to the head on Buffalo Sabres defenseman Chad Ruhwedel. In 2012 a charge on Detroit Red Wings D-man Jonathan Ericcson cost Rinaldo two games.
This latest suspension will result in Rinaldo losing out on $73,172 in pay. Rinaldo is in his fourth season with the Flyers, and has shown his strength lies in being an enforcer and not a producer. He has 545 PIMs in his career, and only seven goals, 13 assists and a plus/minus rating of -28.