Capitals' Erskine: Simmonds hit wasn't 'reckless'

Capitals' Erskine: Simmonds hit wasn't 'reckless'

February 4, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Surprise, surprise -- the guy who got suspended disagrees with the league's ruling.

The Washington Capitals' John Erskine -- whose hit on Wayne Simmonds last Friday night left the Flyers' forward concussed -- isn't happy with the three-game suspension he received from the NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.

Erskine told the Washington Times (via ProHockeyTalk):

“I don’t think it was a reckless play or a reckless elbow. I wasn’t flying down the ice a hundred miles an hour with my elbow up in the air.

“I’m going on my 11th year and I haven’t been suspended. I’ve been fined once, I think. I thought that would come into a factor more, but Shanahan did what he had to do and I gotta accept it.”

Simmonds remains out of the Flyers' lineup indefinitely. According to Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, Simmonds “just doesn’t feel right.”

“We don’t think it’s serious,” Holmgren said Monday. “But you’ve got to make sure you do the right thing.”

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