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by Paul on 01/05/12 at 05:51 PM ET
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
When the NHL replaced chief disciplinarian Colin Campbell with Brendan Shanahan last spring and gave him the reassuring title of senior vice-president, player safety, I really wanted to believe things were going to change. But we’re nearly halfway through the 2011-12 season – and the further we get into it, the clearer it is that Sheriff Shanny’s brand of justice is closer to Blazing Saddles comedy than Walking Tall inspirational tough guy Buford Pusser.
Never was that clearer than after the suspension lowered upon Blackhawks agitator Daniel Carcillo was announced Wednesday. For drilling Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert into the end boards – injuring Gilbert’s knee in the process – Carcillo received a seven-game suspension. Now, that may sound like a decent number of games, especially considering the longest suspension Shanahan has levied was an eight-gamer on Columbus defenseman James Wisniewski.
But what troubles me is that if, as league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan told us early in this season, one of his main mandates as prescribed by the league’s GMs was to weed out the guys who don’t learn their lesson, why are we still seeing single-digit suspensions? For me this is where the league says one thing but does another. Carcillo is a marginal player at best, and his hit on Tom Gilbert was dangerous, so why not give him 10 games? Why not 20?
-Scott Burnside of ESPN where he and Craig Custance address this topic...
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