Sorry to disagree with a few of you, but the only difference an enforcer would have made is that Rinaldo would have got punched in the face after the play. Would that have stopped him from doing it again? It never stopped Tie Domi. Never stopped Ulf Samuelsson. Never stopped Brashear. Never stopped Darcy Tucker. Dirty players have been around for a long time and it doesn't matter how many times someone punched them in the face they were still dirty players.
Don't get me wrong, if that way a Devil player getting hit, I would loved to see Rinaldo get smoked by someone. I think it's good for team moral to know that guys will stick up for each other. But it has nothing to do with player safety.
As for the hit itself. I thought after watching the clip with Rinaldo it would at least be boderline, but it was a pretty clear hit from behind. Rinaldo may have aimed for the shoulder instead have hitting him flush, but he still jammed a guy's head right into the boards. And he jumped. Pretty easy one for the league.
Disagree. Those guys had some questionable calls, yes, but so did Scott Stevens considering today's NHL. None of those guys ever broke someone's arm cross-checking a guy or knocked a guy out for a few games and was a dick about it in the interview after. There were guys like Marchment and Samuelsson of course, but they weren't as big of dicks as the instigators of today.