March 4, 2024

NHL offers Maple Leafs’ Morgan Rielly in-person hearing

Toronto Maple Leafs All-Star defenseman Morgan Rielly on Sunday was supplied an in-person hearing with NHL Player Safety following his cross-check on Ottawa Senators ahead Ridly Greig on Saturday night time.

The incident occurred Saturday with 5.1 seconds remaining in Ottawa’s 5-3 win. After Greig took benefit of an empty web and whistled a slap shot from simply past the crease to ice the sport, Rielly took offense, sending Greig into the boards with a excessive hit. Rielly was assessed a serious penalty for cross-checking and a sport misconduct.

Typically, with empty-net targets — an indication the sport’s end result has been determined — the scoring group merely pushes or slides the puck into the web, even perhaps attempting a wrist shot, in order to not present up the dropping opponent. Very not often do they wind up with a slap shot, particularly so near the crease.

“We obviously didn’t like the result on the empty-netter,” Toronto captain John Tavares mentioned after the loss. “So, we’re going to stick together and stand our ground when necessary.”

Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe concurred together with his captain.

“I thought it was appropriate,” Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe mentioned after the loss, when requested his ideas on Rielly’s choice. “I’m sure [the league] will look at it, yeah.”

That certainly occurred Sunday, and the character of the choice signifies a lengthier suspension than most. A participant is obtainable an in-person hearing, in reality, if he faces a suspension of not less than six video games. If he accepts the hearing, Rielly will probably be suspended till the hearing takes place. If he waives an in-person hearing, it will likely be held by cellphone.

After the incident, Keefe despatched out enforcer Ryan Reaves for the ultimate faceoff, and a possible ensuing retaliation, however the officers shortly jumped in to forestall a brawl.

“He was reacting to a play,” Keefe mentioned of Rielly. “Their player has the right to do what he wants in that moment. And our players have the right to react. And it’s the emotions of the game.”

Ottawa coach Jacques Martin noticed Saturday’s state of affairs otherwise.

“He put the puck in the net,” he mentioned of Greig. “Whether he shoots it or pushes it, [Rielly’s reaction], that shouldn’t happen.

“That’s not a hockey play. That’s simply frustration or one thing. It’s not a part of the sport.”

Rielly, the fifth overall pick of the 2012 NHL draft by Toronto, just took part in All-Star Weekend festivities earlier this month. He is in his 11th season with the Maple Leafs and has never been suspended.

Rielly has seven goals and 43 points this season, good for fourth in scoring on the club.

The Maple Leafs next play Tuesday, when they host the St. Louis Blues.

Information from Field Level Media and the Associated Press contributed to this report.