he should have also mention that he saw avery's gloves come off till the time he hit him and that the hit he was "standing up for his teammate for" was a clean hit. If avery really said "next shift" thats ******. however if you're really that concerned about the hit you shouldn't care about the instigator.
Brendan Shanahan, per twitter: "BTW, wherever u fall on the Avery/Smid punch, without instigator rule that used to be how half the fights started. I remember. I remember asking a guy to fight in junior. He didn't say yes or no- just punched me in the nose. Pulled my neck muscles. Lesson learned."