Canucks and Beyond
by Alanah McGinley on 10/12/07 at 04:26 PM ET
[note: transactions updated 4:25pm PT at bottom of post]
For once, the NHL’s disciplinary committee hit fast and (I think) pretty hard:
Philadelphia forward Jesse Boulerice was suspended 25 games by the NHL on Friday for cross-checking Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler across the face, matching the largest suspension in league history.
For a comparison to other major suspensions, check here.
Personally, I have no problem with the length of this, but I fully expect there will be plenty of impassioned opinions—that it’s either: (a) not enough, or (b) too much.
Anyway, it comes down to Shannon’s two-way contract, and with only being able to play two more games before he’d have to clear waivers, he was probably going to be sacrificed, minus-7 or not:
“To give you an honest answer (as to why he was sent down), he has two games left before he needs waivers, and it’s the beauty of the game sometimes,” Vigneault reportedly, sharply said. “It’s probably not fair either. I agree with that.”
Regardless, its also fair to say that Shannon’s poor showing on Wednesday didn’t help his case.
And one more note…
Rick Rypien was recalled from Manitoba today.
Update 4:25pm PT:
Other transactions today. Worth noting that Coulombe played 7 games for the Canucks last season.
The Manitoba Moose, the AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks, announced they have assigned defencemen Patrick Coulombe and Daniel Rahimi to the Victoria Salmon Kings of the ECHL.
The Moose also announced they have released forwards Scott May and Bracken Kearns from their professional tryout contracts.
*thanks to puckhound61 for giving me a heads up
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Tags: alain+vigneault, jesse+boulerice, manitoba+moose, rick+rypien, ryan+kesler, ryan+shannon, the+crazy+canucks, vancouver+canucks
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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.
In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.
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