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. 

Jacobs, Recchi, Andreychuk among HOF class of 2017

Jacobs, Recchi, Andreychuk among HOF class of 2017

New England has been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, pretty much. 

The Bruins’ owner, two former Bruins players and one Hockey East legend are among those announced to be enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017. The full list: Dave Andreychuk, Danielle Goyette, Paul Kariya, Mark Recchi, Teemu Selanne, Clare Drake and Jeremy Jacobs.

Acquired from the Lightning at the 2009 trade deadline, Recchi played parts of three seasons with the Bruins, notably winning the Stanley Cup in his final season in 2011. Over 189 regular-season games for Boston, Recchi scored 42 of his 577 career goals. 

Andreychuk spent part of one season with in Boston, joining the B’s in 1999 but being moved to the Avalanche at the trade deadline of that season in the Ray Bourque trade. 

Kariya became the first freshman to ever win the Hobey Baker award, a feat he accomplished by putting up 100 points in his first of two years at the University of Maine. He got to triple digits again soon in the NHL, posting 50 goals and 58 assists in his second of nine seasons with the Ducks. He followed his Mighty Ducks tenure with stops with the Avalanche, Predators and Blues before retiring due to concussion issues in 2010. He finished with a point a game on the nose, putting up 989 points in 989 games.