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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Brendan Shanahan chose logic over law, common hockey sense over stubborn convenience in ruling creatively and appropriately on the great pre-season embarrassment between the Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

It isn’t often the National Hockey League’s department of safety has been so sensible, so-safety and open-minded with its actions, despite its name: There will be no argument here with the rulings from Judge Shanahan and that by itself is rare.


from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The often confounding wheels of NHL justice spun again early Tuesday night as the league fined Buffalo Sabres coach Ron Rolston an undisclosed amount for “player selection and team conduct” and suspended Toronto Maple Leafs winger Phil Kessel for three preseason games in the wake of Sunday’s brawl between the teams in Air Canada Centre.

The Rolston fine is pretty much unprecedented in league annals. Coaches are routinely fined for their roles in brawls – former Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, for instance, got hit $10,000 for the team’s infamous 2007 dust-up with Ottawa – but the term “player selection” has never been used.


from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Scott free, indeed.

There remains, to be sure, that nagging issue from the supplemental discipline handed down by the NHL relating to Sunday’s melee at the ACC.

How, in the name of Steve Durbano does John Scott walk away with zip from all of this?


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