Zac Rinaldo is no stranger to suspensions (or near-suspensions), but he managed to outdo himself this week.
The heavy-hitting Boston Bruins winger found himself in the NHL's crosshairs last week after delivering an illegal check to the head of Tampa Bay Lightning winger Cedric Paquette on March 1. He was ejected, and the NHL wasted no time delivering a fresh five-game suspension to the repeat offender:
That should've been the end of the story. On March 4, Boston demoted him to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League. There, he could serve his NHL suspension while still earning playing time.
And then this happened.
The AHL didn't even wait to dish out punishment; Rinaldo was suspended indefinitely upon review and earned another five-game suspension on Monday. I'm no AHL historian, but I'm pretty sure Rinaldo is in a rare group of players to get suspended in both leagues at the same time.
And this is right up his alley; Rinaldo was suspended for eight games in 2015 for a hit on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang.
That third-round pick the Bruins sent to the Philadelphia Flyers for Rinaldo is looking prettier by the day in Philly.