Had the chance to speak with rookie defenseman Travis Hamonic after this morning's skate to discuss the incident at the end of the Islanders 5-0 shutout loss to the Blackhawks Sunday.
In case you missed it, Hamonic was the recipient of a pretty significant two-handed push by linesman Michel Cormier after a scrum was effectively broken up. As I stated yesterday, I thought Cormier's actions were completely unacceptable, but Hamonic wasn't nearly as bothered.
In fact, he said he had no idea who pushed him at the time. It wasn't until a few teammates mentioned it in the locker room after the game and he received a flurry of texts from friends that he actually logged on to TSN's website to watch the clip.
When asked if he'd like to see Cormier disciplined, Hamonic said he had no such intention and simply shrugged it off.
"It's a game," he said. "That stuff happens."
He was definitely less enraged with Cormier's actions than the entire Islanders bench Head Coach Jack Capuano could be seen clearly delivering a few choice words for Cormier.
"I just asked, "Was that necessary?" Capuano explained, but declined to comment further. "It's not up to my discretion, it's up to the league."
Although one source confirmed the league was made aware of the altercation immediately after the game, no one from the NHL has wished to comment for this story. From all indications, they have no plans to discipline Cormier or investigate the matter further.