Update on 12/20 @ 1:15p.m. EST: Thanks to R. Grimm for correcting our post below, and pointing out that Don Murdoch of the New York Rangers received the longest suspension of 40 games in 1978 for cocaine possession. Our post below should say that Chris Simon has received the longest suspension in the NHL for an act of violence.
NHL Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell suspended Chris Simon today for 30 games… breaking the longest suspension record of 25 games, which was previously held by Chris Simon. This latest suspension comes from Simon’s stepping on Pittsburgh’s Jarkko Ruutu’s foot on December 15th, and will be Simon’s seventh suspension as an NHL player.
Islanders coach Ted Nolan says the suspension is “excessive”. A lot of journalists said that the last 25 game suspension was not enough, and it seems now like they were right. Simon has had plenty of chances to right his wrongs and has done completely the opposite. What do you think? Has Gary’s Bettman’s right-hand-man come down hard enough on Simon?