Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren and defenseman Randy Jones said the following regarding the NHL suspending Jones two games as a result of his hit on Boston's Patrice Bergeron on Saturday, October 27. The Flyers won the game, 2-1.
Randy Jones: "I am a little on the dissappointment side. I think Mr. Campbell is in a tough situation on making this decision in regards to the last couple incidents involving the Flyers. I think he saw my point of view where this was not intentional. This was just a freak accident which unfortunately resulted in an injury. I respect his decision and I have to deal with it, move on, and get back playing after I serve the two games."
Paul Holmgren: "Randy Jones was suspended by the National Hockey League for two games. I'm dissappointed. I think it is a situation that we see, minus the injury to Patrice Bergeron, quite often because a) the intensity of the game; and b) the way offensive players try to spin away from the defensive players. Im dissappointed, but we will deal with it."
Q: What was Mr. Campbell's reasoning behind the suspension? PH: "In fairness to [Campbell], I do think he had a hard time making this decision. I think the reason was because Randy was just a little too aggressive on the player, in his viewpoint, on a player who was in a vulnerable position."
Q: How did Randy take it? PH: "He took it in stride. He is a good kid. He's felt bad since the incident happened. Now there is some closure on this and he can get through our next two games and be back in the lineup. I don't think this will have any long term effect on Randy."
Below is the official press release from the league.
(Toronto, ON) - Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Randy Jones has been suspended for two games, without pay, as a result of being assessed a game misconduct during NHL game #146 against the Boston Bruins on Oct. 27, the National Hockey League announced today.
"While it is my determination that Jones did not intend to injure his opponent, he did deliver a hard check to a player who was in a vulnerable position," said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. "There have been suggestions by some that this hit was comparable to incidents earlier this season where players received significant game suspensions for blows to the head. These comparisons and suggestions are wrong," Campbell added.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Jones will forfeit $5,614.98. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Jones was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct for a hit on Boston player Patrice Bergeron at 16:07 of the first period.
Jones will miss Thursday's game at Montreal and the Nov. 2 game at Washington. He will be eligible to return Nov. 5 at NY Rangers.