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Have The Discipline Decisions Been Inconsistent?

Do you agree with Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters when he states…

Shanahan has made infinite improvements to how the NHL handles discipline. From being far more transparent than his predecessor Colin Campbell to just offering a better understanding on how the sport is played in the 2010s. But sadly, one trait which has carried over from Campbell’s regime is the staggering inconcistency with which Shanahan handles the task.

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I dont think its “staggering”

Its certainly not perfect, but I would say he improved the consistency all around, from last year

Posted by Zqto from Brazil on 12/12/11 at 02:41 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

“Staggering” is a bit strong, but I see the inconsistency between the hits on Bortuzzo and Letang.

The hit on Bortuzzo would be a great time for Shanahan and his department to do a video explaining why the hit wasn’t considered in the same light as some other apparently similar hits as discussed in the EN article.

Not saying that the explanation will necessarily be right or make anyone happy, but a little insight as to why this hit hasn’t (thus far) drawn apparent scrutiny from Shanahan and his office would at least be a step in a positive direction.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 12/12/11 at 02:42 PM ET


Hardly “staggering” and while there is still things that can be improved on in the disciplinary arena, I think that Shanny’s transparency has come a long way from Campbell’s secretive regime.

Posted by wingsuver4ever from TC on 12/12/11 at 02:51 PM ET

Savage Henry's avatar

Agree with everyone so far.  Anything short of ‘perfect’ is going to be ‘staggering’ in somebody’s eyes, depending on the uniforms on the players in question.  I haven’t like’d all of Shanahan’s decisions, but they’ve been so much better than the way Campbell did things that I’m still really happy with the job he’s done.

I especially like Nathan’s idea of having a video explaining why a particular incident wasn’t worthy of supplemental discipline.  Ideally, a person who’s familiar with the rules and been following the explanations should be able to guess with a fair amount of success what discipline (if any) will be given out for a particular hit.  We’re still miles away from that and will probably never get there, but that’s what I’d like to see.

Posted by Savage Henry on 12/12/11 at 04:06 PM ET

Primis's avatar

My only real complaint is that repeat offenders aren’t being dealt with harshly enough so far.

Posted by Primis on 12/12/11 at 06:18 PM ET

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