LW Trevor Gillies spoke Wednesday for the first time about the 10-game suspension he is serving for a hit on Minnesota forward Cal Clutterbuck on March 2. He told Newsday he accepts his punishment, but he's been stung by comments from around the NHL about whether he deserves to remain in the NHL. "People are going to say what they say, but I don't think anyone who's met me would have a bad thing to say about me," said Gillies, who also served a nine-game suspension last month. "Ultimately, we're a family in this room and the guys have stuck by me through all this and I plan on being there for them, this year and next year. I'm an intense guy and I kind of wear my heart on my sleeve, so some of the stuff, yeah, it might bother me a little a bit. But you have to have tough skin in this game.
I guess Tangradi hasn't met him.