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Shanahan After One Year On The Job

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

Well, here is Shanahan a year later, saying the same thing he said when commissioner Gary Bettman tapped him to lead the league’s new department of player safety: For all the crap that comes with the job, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make a difference.

And despite all the criticism Shanahan has received, his group is making one.

“All the things I heard about the challenges of the job were true,” he said. “But we knew that going in, and we don’t spend any hours of the day feeling sorry for ourselves. We feel that we’ve got a very important initiative, and we work really hard to sort of try and maintain that. And it’s early in the process still. But I see a lot more positive from players than maybe other people notice.”

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Brendan, shrink the goalie gear already. its a mockery and a joke the way equipment is used to stop pucks and not protect goalies.

Posted by Patrick Oneill from yonkers ny on 06/01/12 at 03:32 PM ET

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Brendan, shrink the puck already. It’s a mockery and a joke the way the puck is used to hit sticks and not protect players.

Congrats on making it a year sir! I bet you had no idea you couldn’t please anybody when you took the job. Also, quit the star treatment. Also, that torres suspension was crazy long. Also, the brendan smith suspension was crazy long.

Posted by Keyser S. on 06/01/12 at 04:29 PM ET

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Okay so the gear is great its not a problem. I love save percentages hiting the .950 mark. Love how players opt not to take shots without a screen in front even when they are only 10 feet from the net. Its a joke.

Posted by Patrick Oneill from Yonkers NY on 06/01/12 at 05:08 PM ET

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Posted by Patrick Oneill from Yonkers NY on 06/01/12 at 04:08 PM ET

He’s the chief disciplinarian, what the f*ck do you want him to do, suspend the goalie pads?

Posted by Garth on 06/01/12 at 06:06 PM ET

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He is also in charge of player safety and all equipment regulations that come along with it. For instance he and his department are overseeing the use of softer elbow and shoulder pads that will not use hard plastic shells. Though he falls under Colin Campbell in regards to all on ice matters, it was clear that he was given broad powers while Campbell was put on the shelf but kept the title. So I believe that Shannahan does have the ability and power to regulate goalie gear. I also believe that the size of the gear has to be addressed and needs to be streamlined. Shannahan championed this during the lockout and only half succedded. I hope he will follow through now that he isin a position to effect real change.

Posted by Nick Resto from Chicago Ill on 06/01/12 at 07:59 PM ET

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Something needs to happen who ever is in charge. It is out of control

Posted by Ronnie on 06/01/12 at 08:06 PM ET

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Posted by Nick Resto from Chicago Ill on 06/01/12 at 06:59 PM ET

There’s a difference between going to softer elbow and shoulder pads in order to decrease the likelihood of concussions as a result of hits and changing the size of a goalie’s pads to make sure he doesn’t cover the entire net and make it more difficult to score.

The size of the goalie gear, as it pertains to goal scoring, is not a safety issue.

Posted by Garth on 06/01/12 at 09:03 PM ET

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I understand that its not a saftey issue as such. My point is that the issue falls under Colin Campbell and Hockey operations. And it appears that in fact Shannahan is the real authority in that department and Campbell is now a figure head.

Posted by Nick Resto on 06/01/12 at 10:25 PM ET

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