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10-03-2011, 11:35 PM
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Do players now know where Shanahan is “heading”?

Do players now know where Shanahan is “heading”?

Since Brendan Shanahan took over the discipline from Colin Campbell, he’s been extremely consistent with his suspensions, sending a clear message to all NHL players: DON’T HIT PLAYER’S HEAD!

Since the start of pre-season, Shanahan has suspended 9 players and has handed out a total of 59 pre-season and regular seasons’ games of suspension. The players are: Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, Jody Shelley, James Wisniewski, Brad Staubitz, Brad Boyes, Tom Sestito, J-F Jacques, Brendan Smith and Clark MacArthur. It is interesting to note that all but one player (Jacques for leaving the bench to fight) were suspended for Rule 41.1 (Boarding) or 48.1 (Illegal check to the head), mostly on hits occurring when players were in a vulnerable position.

On Saturday night in Quebec City, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone was running everyone and everything over all night and with the game out of hand for his team with just a few minutes to play, he nailed Montreal Canadiens’ defenseman Chris Campoli with a hit to the head while Campoli was in a vulnerable position as he was reaching for the puck. The referees judged that it was indeed an infraction as Malone received a major penalty for hit to the head and was ejected from the game. Here’s the video:

It came as a surprise to many (if not most) when Shanahan rendered his decision and chose to let Malone walk free of any disciplinary action.

Not wanting to judge if he’s right or wrong here...

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