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Simon suspended for season and playoffs

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3/11/2007 11:25:42 PM

New York Islanders forward Chris Simon has been suspended for the remainder of the 2006-07 regular season and the entirety of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Simon is suspended a minimum of 25 games, including Saturday night's game against Washington plus the 14 that remain in the 2006-07 regular season. If the Islanders do not qualify for the 2007 playoffs, or play fewer than 10 playoff games in the 2007 playoffs, Simon would serve additional games at the start of the 2007-08 regular season to satisfy the minimum term of the suspension.

Simon was suspended indefinitely after he hit New York Rangers' Ryan Hollweg with a stick swing to the face on Thursday night. The Ranger forward needed stitches but was not seriously hurt.

Colin Campbell met with Simon early Saturday to discuss the incident.

''The National Hockey League will not accept the use of a stick in the manner and fashion in which Mr. Simon used his Thursday night,'' said Colin Campbell, NHL Senior Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations. ''As a consequence of his actions, Mr. Simon has forfeited the privilege of playing in an NHL game again this season, regardless of how many games the Islanders ultimately play.''


 

The Islander forward expressed remorse for his actions in a statement on Saturday, "after watching the tape the morning after Thursday's game, I was disgusted. There is absolutely no place in hockey for what I did."

"I want to apologize to my team and Islanders fans everywhere. My actions Thursday night played a major part in our team losing a crucial game. I also want to apologize to the National Hockey League for the damage I have caused this great game of ours."

The 35-year-old Simon has 10 goals with 17 assist and 75 minutes in penalties over his 67 games this season.

Simon has spent 14 seasons in the NHL and has complied 1765 penalty minutes over that span. He has been suspended five times for various infractions over his career.

"Chris Simon has played a major role in our success this season and we will miss his presence in our lineup," said Islanders general manager Garth Snow. "His regret is clearly evident in the statement he released last night. Our entire organization supports Chris every step of the way."

Based on his $1-million contract, which expires at the conclusion of the 2006-07 season, Simon forfeits a minimum of $80,213.90. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.






NO. AUTHOR MESSAGE
1richj34swinging the stick like that is a punk move. just ...
2Frank2029GOOD! ...
3phillysportsteesStart calling cheap shots and these horrible resul ...
4Kiktatsicmaybe a little steep. if he had of swung his stick ...
5jerskowronskiChris Simon is paying for his misdeed. However, th ...
6bmoney999Simon is a goon, he was a goon with the Flames and ...
7tuffyblairNot enough! The NHL once again misses the boat he ...
8goleafsgobad call on the leagues part. he doesnt need a su ...
9spudzNOT ENOUGH!!!!!! He definately used his stick as ...
10wmarcelloCompletely and utterly deserved. Good decision by ...
11AllanBriggsHe's right. I was disgusted and there is no place ...
12IslandersrulzGIVE ME A BREAK. I'm not defending Simon, but it's ...
13craijonaThis is the appropriate suspension. There is no qu ...
14cpaw17Wow, this is a joke. What is a guy gonna have to d ...
15PullUpYourBootsThis is appropriate punishment. However, does it d ...
16penmark71Where's the apology to Hollweg? I see that he apo ...
17john25Although this suspension is a good start I think h ...
18b_a_baracusGood call.... and an easy one to make on a non-fac ...
19JSmythIt's not enough...it should've been a lifetime ban ...
20habsguy45Well I'm sorry but I don't think it's enough, and ...
21sportzfreakEnough of this goon...time to retire Does not eve ...
222fast4u2Funny Simon gets the rest of the season but Emery ...
23heavenonearthWOW!!! As bad as the incident was I think 25 game ...
24ajnic3he should be banned for life. he could have killed ...
25nuckleheadfanWay to appease the media Bettman and forget about ...
26crosby1Even though I can't condone what Simon did because ...
27disturbed_mkPunishment fits the crime! This is exactly what Si ...
28maverickvanI totally agree with this suspension, but the thin ...
29stanleysmugGood. About time the punishment fits the crime. ...
30julianinlondonHe'll be lucky not to face criminal charges in NY ...
31skullduggerrySimon got what he deserved. We've seen the last of ...
32nrandell1Way to go Mr. Campbell! The remainder of the seaso ...
33snazzymortuzziThat's ridiculous but fair. I just wish that Colin ...
34dadof4some of you are missing the point if he had connec ...
35leshabsruleIf McSorely got a year, that is what Simon should ...
36BrownieThe suspension isn't enough. The stick swinging is ...
37nigelskiEnsuring he serves the time, even if it goes to ne ...
38bmartin14simon got what he deserved but what would sidney c ...
39iceman0571No question, this suspension is a joke. He should ...
40popsincTo everyone who thinks this suspension is too long ...
41TMax21Simon's a goon and definitely got his just desser ...
42jayman9999I agree with the suspension, but if Simon got mini ...
43daltonsdadBring on the criminal charges. It seems that the N ...
44lildevilboy1 hit from behind that resulted in no injury does ...
45goalmachine15That is way too long a suspension. This is crazy. ...
46Stumpy1In real life, with his track record, SIMON would b ...
47TheGreatGretzkyThe NHL is a joke!!! I don't think anyone KNOWS th ...
48Gumby2It's not based on what "He needs", it's based on w ...
49samboI agree with the length of the suspension, but thi ...
50jayman9999why does the NHL not inforce a rule that the crime ...
51rhleaffanLey's see ... Hollweg gave Simon a concussion firs ...
52kings_fan1983The suspension is a good one. Suspended a vast am ...
53MikeoxlongLet's shrink the league by about 5 teams(mostly in ...
54baldy12LET THE DEBATE BEGIN!! While I agree that the susp ...
55scottie22I feel that goons in this league, the cam Janessen ...
56IRONFISTSatisfactory suspension. Now let's not dwell on i ...
57Habs19I have difficulty understanding the league's reaso ...
58duckemI agree with penmark71: interesting that Simon wou ...
59gguarrasLet me get this. Emery slashes at a Montreal playe ...
60RonodieHe's done. I will never be back in the NHL. Who w ...
61becca67I love hockey played on the edge, but that stuff h ...
62bruins71This is not going to stop these kinds of things fr ...
63spezza117Now this is called a fair suspention unlike the em ...
64gguarrasI can't belive people are saying this was worse th ...
65fowlweatherIt was an appropriate suspension. There was a bet ...
66HipCheck60The NHL has acted in a belated fashion ..AGAIN.. a ...
67doomanway too many games...The NHL was just waiting for ...
68Zerocool6687Well 25 is better than 3 but he shoud have gotten ...
69crazyisles27I agree that what Simon did is unacceptable. The N ...
70njteechAppropriate suspension. Jannsen's hit , pales in c ...
71rara132NOT ENOUGH, he is a repeat offender. Should of bee ...
72mark4374Should have been a lifetime ban. ...
73sens_sports_scottThis is the right call, however i think we as hock ...
74lilsaniteePlease, the only reason this man, and I do use the ...
75pm1443Some of these posts really frustrate me. One guy ...
76dickferAM I THE ONLY ONE WHO SEES THE REAL ISSUE HERE? W ...
77isles14Way too steep. I'm not being biased here because ...
78SabreGalI am all for stricter punishments for dirty plays ...
79bocdharmaChris Simon deserved the suspension that he receiv ...
80eeddieedwardsThe only reason the NHL got tough on Simon is that ...
81baritonickThe NHL is a league which has promoted the advance ...
82davisshChris Simon should not be able to play hockey agai ...
83donald36Simon apologize to Hollweg -- are you kidding? Ho ...
84leafs317Way too much. Campbell has displayed no consistan ...
85thecat22Not enough games. He should serve more than 25. ...
86DoobseyShould he have been suspended? Sure. Should the ...
87carinleothis is ridiculous, can someone please tell me how ...
88cpt.crunchWhat is the difference between Simons slash and Co ...
89steelerstimeWhere is Hollwegs suspension? He intentionally dro ...
90jesscatsimon ,brashear,laraque, janssen etc. what all the ...
91cro527Ray Emery smacks a guy in the head with his goalie ...
92GuyTarrDon't get me wrong. I am happy that Simon got 25 ...
93johnsavitzskigood if you do the crime do the time ...
94ChadFeenerGood Decision on Cambells part, I would not want t ...
95c3dkgI think the fact that it was Chris Simon made Coli ...
96habfansudjust noticed hollweg flying up the ice against the ...
97SSTkWelcome to the new NHL. You can blindside a guy a ...
98Cancerous_rocketI can't believe people are playing the 'its who yo ...
99jed56Not surprising that Simon got as many games as he ...
100Blueshirts35I don't buy the BS that he didn't remember what ha ...
101ajaybalNo faith in this stupid nhl system. Not to defend ...
102temmerLet me start by saying I am a true blue Islanders ...
103boofyman101This is a bunch of BS! Stupid Janssen gets three ...
104MJ65This league has double standards, the worst really ...
105Islesfan111This is ridiculous! I'm horribly embarrassed and a ...
106solzapaloozaIn a league,that rarely gets it right and has no v ...
107andredthat was the right number of games, around the sam ...
108team_canadaYou know, I'm sick and tired of hearing all the co ...
109leroysledgeNHL needs a policy on the types of infractions alo ...
110radstat77That's a bunch of crap. It was a little violent bu ...
111habsolutedominationThe league had a perfect opportunity to set a prec ...
112hootowl9The punishment fits the crime in this case. Lifeti ...
113tuckerdadKick him out. Right out. Send a message now while ...
114rob5073I agree with the suspension, swinging a hockey sti ...
115ryanbodmanthis is way to short. the nhl needs to cut down on ...
116FieldMarshalCompare Simon's attack to anyone else, be it Bertu ...
117stonerThis is a very unfortunate situation, but Simon de ...
118CrashChrisBuh Bye you big thug. Sit home, eat some chips, dr ...
1193pointtallyWhat a joke ... Where's the suspension for Janssen ...
120Midnight_JokerFinally. Myself, I'm tired of this great game bein ...
121buffalo442Chris Simon deserves this suspension. The NHL coul ...
122Chris_X_10First of all, Simons suspension almost fits the cr ...
123soahthey should have given him the rest of this season ...
124gsA man who admits he's done wrong at last. The one ...
125wmarcelloBoo hoo... he just got hit from behind. He's 6'4", ...
126mm87I cannot actually believe some of the comments on ...
127theemFor all of you saying to "kick him outta the leagu ...
128hockeyinmybloodim glad simon got this lengthy suspenssion but he ...
129eddiebel4He should have been banned for LIFE!! That would ...
130AvalancheWarningBertuzzi only got 13 games + 7 playoff games for b ...
131blueandgoldThis suspension accomplishes absolutely nothing. ...
132drunkenmidget25 games is not enough for what he did 40 games sh ...
133exponutWill this latest suspension stop this madness, I t ...
134theemptynetLet the players police the ice!How many cheap shot ...
135Leafs67andwingedwheelsSorry... NO sympathy for a thug!!! He crossed the ...
136phoenix66Let this be a lesson to all kids and players. if y ...
137IafrateFieldMarshall: are you kidding? in old time hockey ...
138pkielyI totally agree with baldy12's comments. I too am ...
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