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by Paul on 01/25/13 at 12:15 PM ET
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
The Hockey News: With the shortened season, there has been an early acclimation period for players, coaches and officials. How have you seen the start of the season playing out?
Brendan Shanahan: From what I’m watching, your’e right, everybody has an adjustment period. Coaches feel it, players, officials. Even players who’ve played in Europe were playing on a different ice surface with a different speed and tempo. There’s nothing like the NHL, for anybody. But as a player, this is what I’d want – to get right into it.
THN: With no research and development camp this year, when it comes to changes to the game, how are you getting input on what works and what might need tweaking?
BS: The GMs are very good at monitoring that and they basically lived in the American League this year, and that’s the most comparable league to us. So I think our GMs are the ones who are the keepers of the game in that sense. There are other processes involved – the competition committee – as well. It’s so early right now to make those types of decisions.
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