Isles Re-sign Simon


The Islanders have agreed to terms on a one year deal with enforcer LW Chris Simon. The deal is reportedly worth $475,000 for the 2007-08 season. The Islanders originally signed the 35 year old from Wawa, Ontario last summer for $1 million. Simon, 6’4″ and 235 lbs., went on to contribute 10 goals and 27 points in 67 games played last season. He was also a +17 and had 75 PIM’s. His season came to an end on March 8th after a stick swinging incident against the Rangers’ forward Ryan Hollweg, that resulted in a 25 game suspension.

Simon served 20 games of that suspension handed down by NHL Vice President Colin Campbell. He will have to sit out the first 5 games of the 2007-08 season to finish the suspension and then be re-instated.

26 Responses to Isles Re-sign Simon

  1. stratmancj says:

    its a disgrace that simon will be allowed to play in the nhl again.  he nearly decapitated ryan hollweg.  he is lucky there was no serious injury.  if there was, i'm sure it would be a career ending suspension.  it is sad that suspensions are handed out based on the injury to the player and not the severity of the incident.

  2. leaffansareajoke says:

    If moore wouldn't have fractured his neck, bertuzzi would have gotten a slap on the wrist.

    Take out fight instigator, and i think the problem is solved.  You won't have moron's like Hollweg running around, or avery running around mouthing off like a douche.  THan you wouldn't have Simon getting boarded with no calls, and decapitating people.

    I for one loved watching the replay.  It was a disgrace, but man oh man do i hate the rangers.

  3. hatterson says:

    I think it's worse that other players were not hit with longer suspensions or suspended at all. A short list off the top of my head.

    – Janssen on Kaberle. Kaberle is watching to see if he can continue up the ice or if he needs to circle back when Janssen leaves his feet and spins Kaberle into the boards knocking him out for over 2 weeks, Janssen gets 3 games

    – Niel on Drury. Technically a 'clean' hit according to the rules, but clearly a head shot, hopefully the NHL changes this, no suspension.

    – Hit from behind in the playoffs this year, I believe it was San Jose vs. Nashville although I'm not sure, someone who remembers more correct me. A player is in the corner fighting for the puck and in a vulnerable position, he gets hit from behind into the boards and is injured, nothing season or career ending but does miss some time, receives 1 game.

    I'd like to see the NHL give out longer suspensions for those things before they start suspending players for a season or a career over plays that don't injure someone (although it was admittedly, extremely dangerous)

  4. senators101 says:

    I'm guessing you don't like the Sens.  Because what Pronger did to Mcammond was just as bad if not worse, resulting in an injury that took him out for the rest of the finals.

    I just find it funny that you wouldn't mention that one when you singled out one headshot that took place all year long.

  5. ranger_fan says:

    Bush Leaguer

  6. hull says:

    I think it's lousy that in your argument for bigger suspensions you include two hits that are clean according to the rules along with a hit from behind that has never had a place in the game. Why should there be a suspension for a hit that abides by all rules for a legal check. Those are two plays where players are admiring there pass/shot, something you're taught not to not to do as soon as you begin contact hockey. I'm definitely not stating anything new either as this is an old issue that had more than it's fair share of attention at the time of these hits. What is more at heart in all such cases is a lack of respect on the ice. Such an issue leaves me doubtful that the removal of the instegater rule or more severe suspensions can rectify this.

  7. 92-93 says:

    unbelievable that players like Simon and Bertuzzi etc. are allowed to play again, that they are not suspended for at least a full regular season (82 games),

    there is no deterrence.

    what is more unbelievable is that there are still those out there who blame the victims in these cases (re: Hollweg, Moore, etc.).

    that is the easy way out. to say that they had it coming or that they were playing with fire, etc.

    another easy way out? just blame it all on the instigator. i dont like that rule either, but the time comes when these players have to take responsibility for their actions and that the league has to be harsher on them.

    suspend them 1 regular season on first offense, and a lifetime ban on the second offense.

    even THAT is too lenient because there is a chance that the player injured on the first offense might never play the game again (i.e. Moore).

    there are so many boneheaded hockey fans out there and they come out of the woodwork on this issue, and it makes you wonder how this game can evolve at all.

  8. leaffansareajoke says:

    Intent to injure is against the rules.  Why do you hit someone in the face with your rock hard shoulder pads?  To hurt them.  All contact to the face should be considered so i think.  Except when players get their hands up.

    Neil is scum, he always has been.  His intent was clear.  Not to mention him trying to run people in the playoffs with his hands high in the air and not getting penalties.  Amazing the Duck won with all the Refs calling the games like it was already Canada's Cup.

  9. leaffansareajoke says:

    To my knowledge things like this have never been an issue in the NHL.  If i'm also not mistaken, the Instigator penalty is when shit started rolling down hill. 

    Want an even easier way out?  Blame the person.

  10. Girardi46 says:

    I've never seen Hollweg running around mouthing off… Avery sure, not Hollweg.  Hollweg did nothing to deserve what Simon did.  Simon is a boneheaded worthless POS.  So would you still love watching the replay if Simon's shot was and inch lower, and crushed his throat?  Are you that dispicable of a person?

  11. 92-93 says:

    blaming the person who swung the stick or attacked someone from behind is the 'easy way out'? is that what you are saying.

    hmmm. if it is, i'll let it speak for itself.

    as for the instigator, no question it hasn't helped matters at all. that being said, stick swinging incidents and gruesome hits from behind have been in the game long before the instigator rule (any hockey historian will tell you this).

    the point is that it is this kind of violence that is NOT simply part of the game or at least shouldnt be simply accepted as such. hitting and rough play IS part of the game, but not dirty ATTACKS on other players.

    the fact that the NHL refuses to punish these players to the extreme is part of the problem. it wont ever completely get rid of these incidents (after all, there will always be moments when competitive athletes WILL lose their temper, that doesn't excuse them for their actions, but they do happen), but it will make them much more rare though.

    the nhl will not do this however. and the fact that there are fans who simply blame the victim in these cases give you an idea of just how stupid some of the 'debaters' are when it comes to this issue. its like if you are arguing with a chimp, the issue being argued about will suffer simply because the level of the argument will never get off the ground.

    the only way this issue gets resolved or debated at some sort of intelligent level is if the fans out there, the dinosaur media types (cherry), and the dinosaurs within the NHL itself (many of which belong to the old boys school of GMs and execs and former players) finally begin to rise above the level of the chimp and actually start talking serious about such gruesome incidents.

    but they wont.

    therefore, this will happen again, and it will probably happen about once a year or once every two years. AND, unfortunately, someone will die, eventually.

    and even THAT death might not be enough.

  12. 92-93 says:


    and you could be saying that because you are ranger fan but i think this goes beyond isles-rangers rivalry and i think this is an issue that all hockey fans have to be concerned about.

    Simon should be suspended for one season for his actions, but the NHL will never do that.

  13. leaffansareajoke says:

    Hmm.. clearing i wasn't thinking when i typed that.  Clearing the easy way out wasn't to blame the player.  But i did type it, so i accept responsibility.

    What i meant to type escapes me at this time, but i'll repost later.

    Hopefully whoever.. sorry firefly is on gotta go!

  14. Gretzkin says:

    You should have seen my goal tonight.

    Held the Blue Line, caught the puck with my right hand, dropped it to the ice and corralled it. Took 33 steps, bent my stick and fired a rocket from just inside the Blue Line, top corner on the catcher side. The tied the game. On my next shift, I set up the go ahead goal with a streaking off the boards pass, and we won the game.
    I Love Hockey.
    I Love my Oilers.
    PS. Shoulda seen this shot, it was a bullet.
  15. Gretzkin says:


    Jack ass post, but what I meant to say was 3 steps.
    Amazing shot. Frozen Rope. Me. Me. Me.
  16. Matty_G says:

    Perhaps the league should pursue rules for shoulder & elbow pads that limit them to the softer pads, rather than the hard plastic. If these hits are indeed fair according to the rules, and if it will stay that way, then the league should try to minimize the injuries sustained from that kind of contact.

  17. senators101 says:

    You're bang on!  Forget minimizing the shots to the head, minimize the injuries.  This is the only thing I agree with Don Cherry saying.  It'll be too difficult to stop shots to the head (especially when someone's head is down crossing the blue line – you're just so tempted to nail him) because people are so used to being able to do them.  The shohulder pads used now are ridiculous, that's gotta change.

  18. pj1199 says:

    Simon should not be aloud to play in the NHL ever again. This is BS. I hope that the Rangers dress Colton Orr and Orr smashes Simon's face in like he did to that guy on Philly.

  19. leaffansareajoke says:


  20. leaffansareajoke says:

    Also with moore, its not like it was unprovoked.  If i'm not mistaken it was a nasty elbow  on Naslund that seriously hurt him.  When punishments are handed down, prior histories should be included.

    If you're job is to agiatate someone until they take a penalty, and they wind up knocking you out on the ice with a fist from no where, its wrong but isn't that what the player was trying to do?  These antaganoists in the game need to be kept to a minimum.  Still amazed that Eager was the only play suspended last year for to many instigators.  2 of them were against known fighters for the other team.  Stupid rules…

  21. leaffansareajoke says:


  22. cecilturtle says:

    I thought Simon was Native American, maybe it was Native Canadian???  Maybe he was just born in a Wawa Quick-e-mart somewhere in Ontario?  Regardless, he clearly learned to use his stick by watching his forfathers swing the tomahawk!

  23. 20grand says:

    Here's something interesting… reports that Simon is signed for $800,000

    While and report Simon is signed for $475,000

    So you be the judge

  24. 20grand says:

    According to Chris Simon agreed to a one-year deal worth $475,000, but will be forced to sit out the first five games of the season for the vicious hit. He can earn another $325,000 in bonuses based on games played. ($475k+$325k=$800,000)

  25. Girardi46 says:

    Hollweg is NOT to blame in this case… Simon gets mad cause he got a nice check to the boards so he hacks Hollweg in the face? His suspension should have been based on severity of the action, not the severity of the injury.  Same thing with Bertuzzi.

  26. hatterson says:

    I'm a Leafs fan of course I don't like the Sens.  However, the reason I brought up the Neil hit is not becuase of that but becuase I live outside Buffalo and that was on the sports shows for weeks.

    And I don't consider the Pronger hit as bad.  He didn't take a huge run at him or swing his elbow crazy, he hit him with a forearm that honestly didn't have that much force behind it.  It just happened to hit McCammond in the right spot to knock him out

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