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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Carcillo to meet Bettman on Friday

By Katie Strang
ESPNNewYork.com

New York Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo's hearing with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to review his 10-game suspension will be held in New York City on Friday morning, a source told ESPNNewYork.com.

Carcillo was slapped with the hefty ban last Friday for what the league deemed to be a Category II violation of Rule 40.3, Physical Abuse of an Official, after striking linesman Scott Driscoll with his right elbow during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Montreal Canadiens.

The 29-year-old winger, who is a repeat offender with the NHL's Department of Player Safety, may have played his last game as a Ranger. He'll be an unrestricted free agent after the season, and this incident may impact his future prospects as well.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault has voiced his disapproval of Driscoll, who initiated contact with Carcillo, grabbing his stick in what appeared to be an attempt to prevent him from joining the fray during a fight between Montreal's Brandon Prust and New York's Derek Dorsett. Minutes earlier, Prust rocked Rangers center Derek Stepan with a hit that fractured his jaw.

Vigneault said last week he is concerned that the 10-game ban could be a career-threatening event for Carcillo.

"My biggest disappointment in the whole thing is probably what's happening to Dan Carcillo," Vigneault said. "At the end of the day, if the right call is made on the ice, that whole situation doesn't happen. Dan didn't have a penalty on that play. There was no penalty there."