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Shanahan Made The Right Call On The Suspension Of Gryba

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Having dumped on Brendan Shanahan for going on two years now, I feel compelled to congratulate him when he gets one right.

And I think he nailed it on Eric Gryba.

Well, let me back off that just a bit, since I believe all NHL suspensions are, in general, far too short, which is why there are so many of them. Give Andrew Ference 10 for his latest sneaky elbow and he won't do it again.

But that's just me, and I don't have to answer to owners and GMs and all those who have an opinion on this things.

So within the parameters of his job and precedence, Shanahan nailed it.


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MOWingsfan19's avatar

2 incidents in one night, one had a far worse outcome… the other could just as easily have ended a players season and or left them with a nagging injury for life. One was a hockey play, one was a pure attempt to injure.
Shanny didn’t “get it right”.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/03/13 at 05:16 PM ET

Savage Henry's avatar

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.

Posted by Savage Henry on 05/03/13 at 05:17 PM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

Shanny suspends Gryba because Eller lands face first on the ice and his visor breaks his face ??

Thats the right call ??

I know he’s got twin girls to support but c’mon ... lets get reasonable here.

Check Shanny for chapped lips ... he’s kissing Bettman’s ass waaaaaaaay too much lately.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 05/03/13 at 05:53 PM ET


The only place where 2 games is the right call is a vacuum, where the play isn’t compared to any other play.  Since that’s never the case, Shanahan screwed the pooch…...again.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 05/03/13 at 06:18 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

That’s old school thinking. New school thinking is that Gryba didn’t have to make that hit, that he had options - how about going for the puck?

And if he misses? And Eller takes the puck on the fly with a clear shot at a breakaway? That’s nuts. Gryba did exactly what any pro hockey coach would tell his player to do – take the body.

So what’s the message in Shanaban’s decision? Anytime a defenseman wants to send a suicide pass up the middle to a forward who’s on the fly, you’d better not hit that guy. You’d better “go after the puck” like Cox suggests.

If you miss and he scores? Oh, well. Too bad. Maybe next time you’ll get the puck. And you’ll definitely get another chance to try because defensemen and forwards will keep going for that play as long as they think there are no consequences for doing it.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/03/13 at 06:55 PM ET

Slumpy's avatar

Shanny is a “company man” now sadly a yes man if you will. bettman/daly law firm make him go to dunkin donuts for coffee and donuts not Tim Hortons because they want to remind him he’s their errand boy and patsy. Note Dunkin Donuts is an American company and Shanny is Canadian along with Tim Hortons

oh oh

I guess his slumming under their reign will pay off some day if he becomes Commish in year 2050 at the earliest when bettman and daly perhaps retire or go back to their home err planet lawyerus.

Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 05/03/13 at 09:02 PM ET

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