October 02, 2010
Time to dust off the "Wheel of Justice" and spray it with some WD-40 after a summer of hibernation, we've got a potential suspension on our hands thanks to Mike Cammalleri of the Montreal Canadiens.
During tonight's exhibition in Quebec City between the Canadiens and New York Islanders, Cammalleri took offense to some jostling from rookie Nino Niederreiter(notes) by first jabbing him in the upper body with his stick, then a few moments later slashing him in the lower leg:
Cammalleri, who scored the opening goal of the game in Montreal's 7-2 victory over the Islanders' "B" team, was assessed a five-minute major for slashing and given a game misconduct. The ejection will now put Cammalleri in line to take a spin on the "Wheel of Justice".
(UPDATE: As has been mentioned in the comments, video of the hit by Niederreiter on Cammalleri has now surfaced and now we see what set things in motion.)
Niederreiter would leave the game with a bruised calf according to the Islanders.
During the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs, Cammalleri escaped suspension after he smacked then-Chicago Blackhawk Martin Havlat(notes) in the head after a face-off because, according to the NHL, he was not a repeat offender. Now with no "Get Out of Jail" free cards to use, it's likely Cammalleri will face a ban of a game or two to begin the season.
For as much talk there is about "The Code" amongst fighters, shouldn't something like "not spearing a dude in the hockey pucks" be a part of a code for every player?
Stick-to Kukla for the Cammalleri video