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Shanahan Off to a Good Start

From Ray Ratto at CBS Sports:

Brendan Shanahan, the NHL’s new bad cop/bad cop on the beat, was, in the immortal words of the noted hockey fan of yore Richard Pryor, “handing out time like it’s lunch” on Monday.

And good. Even if he’s overreacting, good. Especially if he’s overreacting.

Five players have lost 14 games of regular-season time and all the preseason games they have left for head shots, boarding and general mischief well beyond the pale, and more to the point, Shanahan has been explaining their crimes in exhausting detail and with repeated showings of the crimes and transgressors on video.

So it’s a start.

The NHL has taken the step the other sports still won’t—punishing perps and the teams that pay them for the dirty plays that occasionally pop up in a contest of sport.

read on

Update 1:57pm ET: More on Shanahan’s performance thus far in today’s Star-Ledger from Rich Chere.

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SYF's avatar

He is off to a terrific start.  Just for perspective balance, I’d like to know what the NHLPA thinks about the way he’s using the public media forms to explain his rulings.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 09/27/11 at 03:02 PM ET

WingMan's avatar

So, why was this so hard for Campbell to do?  Man what a tool that guy was (with reference to his job).  Hope Shanahan can keep things going as well as this - and maybe, just maybe some of these guys will get the message!

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 09/27/11 at 03:24 PM ET

TheFreak's avatar

Indeed nice job thus far. Hopefully the responsibility doesn’t get thrown on his plate to discipline for the words/gestures of players during games.

Posted by TheFreak on 09/27/11 at 03:39 PM ET

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