NEW YORK -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman cut Daniel Carcillos suspension from 10 games to six, meaning the New York Rangers enforcer could play in the Stanley Cup finals should the club elect to return him to the lineup. Johnny Unitas Jersey . The commissioner made the change Tuesday after holding a hearing with Carcillo on Friday. "I respect the leagues decision and how they came to a decision," Carcillo said Tuesday at Staples Center in Los Angeles. "Im just happy I could say my piece and be a part of it, say my side of the story. I think he took it into account, and Gary was great. The league was great." Carcillo was suspended May 23 after he appeared to twice elbow linesman Scott Driscoll, who was trying to keep Carcillo away from a fight, during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. The original ban would have kept him completely out of the Cup finals, even if the series went the full seven games. Now Carcillo, who has already served three, is eligible to play in Game 4. "A bit of a dead man walking there for the last week and a half, so to hear that this morning as soon as you wake up it gives you a little boost, a little bit of energy," Carcillo said. "Just to be able to be around the guys in three games will be great. Im just really encouraged." Carcillo was originally punished under Rule 40.3 for deliberately applying physical force to an official, which carries a suspension of at least 10 games. However, Bettman decided that "Carcillos actions were more appropriately deemed a violation of Rule 40.4 for deliberately applying physical force to an official for the sole purpose of getting free of such official during or immediately following an altercation." "The National Hockey League does not and will not, under any circumstances, tolerate or condone the abuse, physical or otherwise, of our on-ice officials," Bettman said in a statement. "The strict and proper enforcement of Rule 40, therefore, plays a critical role in safeguarding the integrity of the game by maintaining a safe and respectful working environment for our officials." The Stanley Cup finals begin Wednesday with the Rangers visiting the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Kings. If Carcillo is activated after the suspension, he will be playing in his third Stanley Cup finals in the last five years. He made it with the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2009-10 season and Chicago Blackhawks last season. Carcillo was traded to the Kings in July. The Rangers acquired Carcillo from the Kings in January for a conditional draft pick. Said Carcillo: "Looks like I would have been in the Cup final anyway." Reggie Wayne Jersey .com) - Robert Martin and Josh Hicks combined for more than 300 yards rushing and three touchdowns, as Rutgers rolled past North Carolina, 40-21, in the Quick Lane Bowl. 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In so many ways, Kessel seems to represent everything about todays Leafs – he has the ability to score goals, but his defensive play leaves much to be desired and there seems to be no rhyme or reason for when hes on his game and when hes off it. Most importantly, however, is the fact that when Kessel is engaged, the Leafs tend to win. And when he is not, well...they dont. If the debate about what Phil Kessel is or is not what was heating up before Tuesday, the firing of Carlyle has turned the heat up on this question even more so. Is he akin to the NFLs Jay Cutler, the petulant quarterback of the Chicago Bears whos known as the NFLs biggest coach killer? How about the NBAs Rudy Gay, the former Toronto Raptor star who - like Kessel - was his teams highest-paid and most offensively gifted player, but also one with a suspect commitment to team and playing defence. The Raptors traded him and got better. Could the same thing happen with Kessel? Its a dangerous game for fans or members of the media to try to determine the character of a player since they only see the version of him that is exposed to the public - not what goes on behind closed doors. But consider the circumstantial evidence around Kessel that suggests hes not the kind of player you build around or win with - despite the talent: - There were the comments of Leaf assistant Steve Spott, who told a group of mminor hockey coaches last summer that Kessel refused to buy into things the coaches were preaching and that he hated Carlyle, who believed management wouldnt adequately deal with him. Antonio Morrison Jersey. - There was MLSE president Tim Leiweke saying his team had players with excellent stats but, just terrible character. Whomever could he be speaking of? - There was former Maple Leaf executive Bill Watters recently relaying a story about Kessel refusing to consider playing on left wing when approached this season by both the coaching staff and team president Brendan Shanahan. - And there were insightful comments of former Leaf head coach Ron Wilson on Tuesday who described Kessel as a moody, hard-to-reach talent who is as capable of sinking his team with his whims as he is of elevating it. Other - and less significant - things, such as Kessels tweet during last springs playoffs about there being nothing better than fishing with his buddies, or his training camp remark about not skating much during the summer are hardly highly high crimes or reason to doubt a players value to his team. But they do illustrate a tone deafness that is hard to fathom from someone who is under the spotlight in the centre of the hockey universe. 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