Rangers Defenceman John Moore Suspended Five Games

USATSI_7899700_154158418_lowresNew York Rangers defenceman John Moore has been suspended for five games following his illegal check to the head of Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula on Monday night.

Moore received a match penalty on the play, which took place at 7:12 of the middle frame, and was suspended as a repeat offender. He’ll give up $51,859 in salary.

Moore was invited to an in-person hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety and made his case, but Stephane Quintal and Co. slapped him with the five game ban. The interesting thing about this length of sentence is that Moore can’t appeal it.

Moore’s previous suspension came during the Eastern Conference Final when he performed yet another illegal check to the head of Montreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise in Game Five. The hit was quite similar, which suggests a pattern.

In the Haula hit, Moore wasn’t late in making contact and Haula was indeed an “eligible receiver.” He didn’t lead with his elbow, either, but the head was the main point of contact and that resulted in the suspension.

“If Moore is to attempt this extremely difficult hit, his timing and angle of approach must ensure that he hits squarely through the body and that Haula’s head is not the main point of contact. Moore does neither,” the league states. “Haula’s head absorbs the brunt of Moore’s shoulder and the way Haula spins to the ice is a clear indication that this hit was not square through the body.”

Rangers forward Chris Kreider was also ejected from Monday’s game after boarding Jonas Brodin in the first period. He didn’t receive any supplemental discipline from the league, however.

Michael Kostka is expected to replace Moore until he’s eligible to return.

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