Rinaldo Gets Eight Game Suspension For Letang Hit

By Phil Cantor
Jan. 27, 2015

Zac Rinaldo Gets 8-Game Suspension
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The hit on Pittsburgh Penguins sniper Kris Letang was nasty...

The end result- an 8-game suspension for boarding and charging...

From the league:

Rinaldo is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $73,170.72. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

To explain how Rinaldo has evolved into an 8-game repeat offender, here's the video that the Department of Player Safety put together to go over the evolutionary process. Patrick Burke, Department Director, lets us in on how the league sees what they see and think what they think:

Letang, who has had a history with concussions, did not play at the end of the first half of the season and is still being monitored for his on-ice return.