Chris Simon and Jarko Rutu are very common names to those who follow hockey, both are well known for being "tough guys", and who have crossed the line on numerous occasions. Chris Simon has been suspended a total of seven times (assuming he gets suspended for this latest incident) in his 15-year career.
1) 1997 - Chris Simon, while a member of the Washington Capitals was accused of making racial comments to Edmonton Oilers forward Mike Grier. This resulted in 3-game suspension.
2) 2000 - Chris Simon as a member of the Washington Capitals cross checked Peter Popovic across the throat, during a playoff series against the Pittsburg Penguins. Simon was handed a 1-game suspension for his actions.
3) 2001 - Chris Simon as member of the Washington Capitals elbowed Anders Eriksson. This resulted in a 2-game suspension.
4) 2004 - Chris Simon cross checked Ruslan Fedotenko of the Tampa Bay Lighting, after cross checking him, he jumped on him and started punching him. Chris Simon received a 2-game suspension for his actions.
5) 2004 - Chris Simon kneed Dallas Stars defenseman Sergei Zubov. This is resulted in the NHL handing Simon another 2-game suspension.
6) 2007 – Ryan Hollweg of the New York Rangers, hit Chris Simon of the New York Islanders with a check a long the boards, no penalty was assessed on the play, Simon took exception to this and hit Hollweg in the face with his stick. For this the NHL gave Chris Simon a 25-game suspension the longest suspension in NHL history.
7) 2007 – Chris Simon of the New York Islanders, slew foots Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jarko Rutu, and while he was lying on the ice, Simon stomped on his leg. Still awaiting disciplinary action.
Chris Simon is a repeat offender, a 7-time repeat offender at that. The NHL needs to make an example out of Chris Simon and send a message to the entire league, and also to those in minor hockey, that these sort of actions will not under any circumstance be tolerated.
Some may argue that his two handed slash to the face of Ryan Hollweg was a hockey reaction, that is debatable but under no circumstances is a kicking/stomping motion a hockey reaction. When you kick/stomp someone you know exactly what you are doing when you do it. I believe there is intent to injure in this case, and the NHL should suspend Simon for the rest of year, but I would take it a step further then that, I would ban him from the league for life.
Chris Simon has been suspended on 6 previous occasions has had many chances and opportunities to clean up his act, but he hasn’t and the league needs to come down hard on him for that, there is no place in the game for the actions Chris Simon has displayed on the ice over the years.
Some in the last few days have said Chris Simon is “nice guy”, just a bit hot headed. I am sorry to say but being a “nice guy” only takes you so far, and I got news for you being a “nice guy” has taken Chris Simon as far as it can take him. Regardless of “nice guy” or not at some point you still need to step up, be a man and accept responsibility for your actions. Chris Simon has failed to do so on numerous occasions and the league needs to come down hard on him for that.