Rome:How are you?
(No gap tooth)
Rome: You guys were 11th in conference in February. Six weeks of playing hard, does it beat you down physically or does it get you ready for the playoffs?
Shanny: It gets you better prepared. In Detroit it was opposite we were sitting pretty at the top and we played against teams who battled. That’s where we’re at now, up from 11th to 6th. We’re not tired we also like being the underdogs
Rome: How tough was it to leave Hockey-town?
Shanny It was tough, but I had to follow my instincts.. With Yzerman leaving and others, it was different. I figured it was time to make a move and try something else. Nice to leave on good terms, and go back there and have friends. I wanted a new challenge, and to take control of destiny before my career was over.
Rome: ATL first round.
Shanny: We are excited about it, ATL is a great team, exciting team, exciting players. Bob Hartley that’s the real test, he coaches to win, that kind of pivotal coach in the New NHL. Their style is what every one likes to watch.
Rome: There is a new style in the game, you were a big part of that, do u like new rules?
Shanny Yeah, new rules have taken effect, it was getting bogged down before. Its good because now players learn how to be physical with new rules, all the parts of the game are picking up, hitting etc. But now its getting back to learning how to play. It has improved in the past year and half.
Rome: What if Hull, Mario or 99, were in their 20s now?
Shanny: It would be fantastic, its amazing we didn’t do it sooner. We all needed to be on same page. Hockey is the only sport which has a competition committee, current players, owners, GMs, etc. We know whats exciting and we do have respect for the history of the game.
Rome: Jeremy Roenick was here last week, and stated that since you are opening things up it might make it harder for older players, etc. Was it possible you were greasing the tracks for the end of your own career?
Shanny: Maybe, but we made adjustments, as far as for smaller players, etc. I guess knowing going into it we were finally serious in general for the game, and I made a commitment to my game for the NHL.
Rome: Concussion, how tough it dealing and coming back?
Shanny: Any athlete knows it’s the scariest injury and there is no timetable. Each one is unique. Helped me that it was my first. It definitely helped, it was not pleasant, but the good thing is I was back to working out in 3 weeks, ice in 4 and a half. Been lucky, but it was a doozy..
Rome: Brendan it was nice to have you again, good luck.