While he still hasn’t heard a word of apology from Chris Simon, Ryan Hollweg didn’t want to see the Islanders forward prosecuted outside the realm of the NHL. Today Hollweg’s wishes were respected, with Nassau County D.A. Kathleen Rice announcing that Simon won’t face criminal charges for his slash of Hollweg March 8.
“I didn’t want to press charges to begin with, and I think the D.A.’s decision, a lot of it was based on the intertview they had with me and how I felt out of the situation,” Hollweg said just now. “It’s over now and done with and time to move forward. I’m thankful nobody’s hurt and we can all move on.”
Again, the remarkable part here is not that Simon was spared, because I think he should have been. But given that Hollweg was the one who essentially bailed him out, you’d think that Simon could at least pick up the phone…
Meanwhile, some more pressing updates:
“Job one,” Renney said. “And Struds’ impact will be felt maybe more so from what you people can’t see as opposed to what he demonstrates on the ice. He’s just a really good glue guy. He’s so respected and liked.”