Surprise, surprise: Zac Rinaldo quickly finds trouble with new team
Zac Rinaldo insisted over the offseason that he was looking to stay out of trouble while he began a career with a new team following his summer trade to Boston.
It took just six games for Rinaldo to fail, as his questionable hit on the Flyers' Sean Couturier in the first period of Wednesday night's game earned Rinaldo a five-minute major, game misconduct and a review from the Department of Player Safety.
The play started innocently enough, as Couturier was involved in a puck battle along the boards with Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid, who checked Couturier cleanly into the glass and forced the puck out when Rinaldo came skating in. Couturier had his head down and was seemingly unaware as Rinaldo aimed high with his shoulder and elbow and knocked Couturier down, causing Couturier's head to snap back as he fell to the ice. Couturier remained down for an extended period of time and did not return to the game.
Rinaldo was apologetic after the game.
“It’s unfortunate that he’s hurt,” Rinaldo told reporters. “That’s the last thing I wanted to do was hurt someone during the game. That’s not my first priority at all, especially someone I know personally. That was the last thing on my mind.”
Rinaldo was suspended three times in five years with the Flyers, and his most recent suspension came last January when he was held out of eight games following a dirty hit on Penguins defenseman Kris Letang.
As of Thursday morning, the Department of Player Safety had yet to announce whether Rinaldo will face further discipline for Wednesday's hit.
(h/t Boston Herald)