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Zac Rinaldo: 'I would be in jail' for Nyquist high stick

Zac Rinaldo: 'I would be in jail' for Nyquist high stick

Not being a repeat offender helped Gustav Nyquist’s case when he got only six games for dangerous high stick to the face of Jared Spurgeon. One repeat offender doesn’t sound too happy with the system. 

One day after the Red Wings forward was handed the first suspension of his NHL career, Zac Rinaldo -- currently injured while playing in the AHL for the Providence Bruins -- tweeted that he would have been jailed if he committed the same penalty as Nyquist. 

Nyquist whacked Spurgeon in the face Sunday in response to a cross-check he’d just taken from the Minnesota defenseman. He was given a two-minute minor for high-sticking, followed by an in-person hearing with the Department of Player Safety that resulted in his suspension. 

Rinaldo last played in the NHL on Feb. 28 of last season, a game in which he committed a hit on Tampa Bay's Cedric Paquette and earned a five-game suspension. In his NHL career, Rinaldo has been suspended four times. He was also suspended in the AHL in his first game with Providence. 

This is not the first time that a Bruins player has tweeted about the NHL’s inconsistency when it comes to disciplining players. Brad Marchand tweeted a video of an Alexei Emelin hit on him to the NHL in December, writing, “this hit cost me 7 games and half a million dollars. Way to be consistent.” He deleted the tweet shortly after. 

Morning Skate: Pastrnak stalemate 'could go into training camp'

Morning Skate: Pastrnak stalemate 'could go into training camp'

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while thoroughly enjoying all the pictures and videos of John Martin and his beautiful family enjoying themselves at Steve Buckley’s Olde Time Baseball Game last night.

*In the interest of self-promotion: Here I am discussing the current state of affairs with David Pastrnak and the Bruins, and what it means to Boston’s other younger players if they don’t pay him what he’s due.

*Another thing in the interest of self-promotion: I spoke with Toucher and Rich this a.m. about how David Pastrnak hit the RFA market at exactly the right time for a big payday.

*Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan talks about a visit he paid to Phil Kessel in Toronto over the last couple of weeks.

*So, apparently Tyler Seguin thinks he can create a nickname for himself. Hasn’t anybody ever explained to him that you can’t choose your own nickname?

*The first edition of the 2018 draft rankings are out by the Hockey News, and it looks like a better draft class than this past summer.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Tampa Bay Lightning joining a joint effort in Tampa to move Confederate monuments.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Greg Wyshynski has another in his “What If…?” series asking what might have happened if Terry Pegula owned the Buffalo Sabres in the 1990’s.

*For something completely different: I can be hit or miss with Tina Fey’s comedy, but I thought her sheet cake-filled take on last weekend’s ugly, tragic events were both on-point and funny.