Punishment has finally been handed down for Patrice Cormier’s brutal hit on Mikael Tam just over a week ago. The QMJHL has opted to suspend the New Jersey Devils’ prospect for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs.
This isn’t really a surprise; most hockey people (with the exception of Lou Lamoriello) seemed to think that a suspension for the rest of the season makes sense. I don’t have much else to say about the length except to say that in this case thr consensus was correct.
As for whether this suspension will keep Cormier out of hockey for the rest of the year, I don’t know. The possibility remains that he could follow the Michael Liambis route and sign in another league, and that’s sort of what I expect, particularly given that Lou Lamoriello has already said publicly he didn’t think the Tam hit should end Cormier’s season.
I don’t know if there’s a team out there willing to take him, but I expect Cormier lands somewhere before the season is out. I hope other leagues respect the suspension, but I don’t have much faith that is going to happen.
UPDATE: Although I could be wrong; the Devils have announced won’t bring Cormier into the AHL, so perhaps he will end up sitting.