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The Circus Has Started

from Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune,

The NHL wonk in charge of making miscreants stay after school did nothing more than fine Weber a mere $2,500, and only that because that was maximum allowed by the collective bargaining agreement.

No suspension. No missed games. No real punishment. Just a silly fine for a serious act.

Shanahan got pantsed. He clowned his own league. He turned the best time of the year into a joke.

The Stanley Cup playoffs just started, and the NHL’s credibility is over.

This decision seems so indefensible and incomprehensible that it smacks of a spineless NHL from a generation ago. The only thing missing is John Ziegler’s big red nose.

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Rdwings28's avatar

it is going from a funny joke to horribly sad.

Posted by Rdwings28 on 04/12/12 at 04:09 PM ET

Behind_Enemy_Lines's avatar

Is it possible that they reconsider this decision from all of the backlash, and turn around and suspend him?

Posted by Behind_Enemy_Lines from Evanston,IL on 04/12/12 at 04:32 PM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

And the NHL wonders why it’s still a niche sport in the states. Feckin’ tools.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 04/12/12 at 04:32 PM ET

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Is it possible that they reconsider this decision from all of the backlash, and turn around and suspend him?

Posted by Behind_Enemy_Lines from the Big House,January1,2013. on 04/12/12 at 02:32 PM ET

Hell no. And you can bet all the employees of NBC Hockey have been told in no uncertain terms this issue will NOT be discussed on future broadcasts, not that Edzo would need a reminder. He probably wrote the memo.

Edzo, Pierre, Bettman…picture the texts they must have sent each other in the last few hours:

“Awesome!”

“Way to go, Shanny!”

“Preds in 4!”

Posted by Red Winger from work on 04/12/12 at 04:39 PM ET

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“Awesome!”
“Way to go, Shanny!”
“Preds in 4!”
Posted by Red Winger from work on 04/12/12 at 02:39 PM ET

+1

Posted by Behind_Enemy_Lines from Evanston,IL on 04/12/12 at 04:41 PM ET

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I am with Vladimir.

20K for cursing a team ina post game interview.

2.5K for forcibly driving a player’s head into the boards in what has been a concussion filled season.

If you are looking for a reason why the sport you love lags behind the other major sports, this inconsistent management is a fundamental reason.

Posted by Cubanpuckstopper on 04/12/12 at 04:45 PM ET

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Well, actually, this isn’t where the credibility for these playoffs was lost. It was lost in the officiating the night before, with the terrible offside and icing goals in the Pens/Flyers game, and the absurd 17 penalties in the Preds/Wings game. This is just really icing on the cake. And when you think about it, it’s a pretty funny juxtaposition that a game in which guys on both teams were sent to the box repeatedly for giving funny looks or skating too close to their opponent, the worst infraction of the night was left essentially unpunished.

Yay NHL!

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 04/12/12 at 05:01 PM ET

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And I disagree that this is why the NHL lags behind. The NBA has worse officiating. The NFL has more inconsistent and silly supplemental discipline. And baseball makes the worst league organizational decisions, like divisional alignments and playoff changes.

The NHL lags behind because hockey is an expensive sport to play when you are a kid, especially if you live south of the Ohio River, where you really don’t get even seasonal opportunity to flood the back yard, play pond hockey, or even shoot around on a retention pond. Oh, and also because NBC is pretty awful.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 04/12/12 at 05:05 PM ET

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The Preds are lucky they were playing the Wings when this happened.
Shanahan just told the teams to hand out their own suspensions.
A lot of teams out there would see that Weber was done for this years playoffs before game 3.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 04/12/12 at 05:13 PM ET

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What Weber did is as bad as what Bertuzzi did.  9 times out of 10, Bertuzzi’s actions wouldn’t have resulted in such a severe injury as to end a guy’s career. But it was intentional and it was meant to hurt, same as Weber. And he was punished, deservedly so.

If this happened on a street corner, Weber would be in jail.

Now it’s open season and fortunately for Weber and Nashville, the Wings aren’t cheap and dirty. I just hope the Flyers take note of this and smash Crosby’s head the same way - not that I want Crosby injured (I do not), but I’d love to see the NHL face some consequences for allowing this crap to stand.

Posted by awould on 04/12/12 at 05:51 PM ET

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Now it’s open season and fortunately for Weber and Nashville, the Wings aren’t cheap and dirty.

Posted by awould on 04/12/12 at 03:51 PM ET

Maybe.  I won’t be surprised to see Nashville walking a fine line from here on out.  They have to know that they are under the microscope now.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/12/12 at 06:01 PM ET

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Maybe.  I won’t be surprised to see Nashville walking a fine line from here on out.  They have to know that they are under the microscope now.

Posted by bezukov from The Darkness with Harkness Redux on 04/12/12 at 04:01 PM ET

Most likely the refs will just give Detroit some extra love, like not calling a chintzy dive to even out a penalty. Or maybe giving Detroit one less 5-3 to kill over the series.

Posted by awould on 04/12/12 at 06:03 PM ET

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Posted by awould on 04/12/12 at 03:51 PM ET

The difference would be an injury.  Hank is tough. Crosby? Not so durable. So Crosby would be injured and only then would there be a suspension.  Oh wait. Nevermind.

Posted by cementslinger from Midland MI on 04/12/12 at 06:25 PM ET

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I’m done with the playoffs, as long as the midget and puppet are in charge I’m done.  I’m voting with my wallet, no more NHL for me.  It’s utter bull they let this happen.  I’ll still check out this site daily and support Paul but that’s it.  They have made a mockery of the sport for a while and this is the final straw.  LGRW!!

FU Gary and Puppet!!!

Posted by hiero4life from anywhere i am on 04/12/12 at 07:12 PM ET

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it’s a pretty funny juxtaposition that a game in which guys on both teams were sent to the box repeatedly for giving funny looks or skating too close to their opponent, the worst infraction of the night was left essentially unpunished.

+19, Nate.

Posted by MarkK from Maryland on 04/12/12 at 07:18 PM ET

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You know its bad when a writer from Chicago even gets it right…

Posted by red_wings_49 from Mad Heights, MI on 04/12/12 at 07:31 PM ET

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We all suspect that if Crosby had been mauled like that, Weber would have been banned for life.  The Evil Garden Gnome is a total putz.

Doc

PS:  I hope to have my official Red Wing tin foil hats ready by the start of next season.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 04/12/12 at 08:22 PM ET

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The only reason this was not a suspension is that Zetterberg was not injured. If Zetterberg had been injured there would definitely have been a suspension. Simple as that. Get over it everyone!

Posted by jtsmith on 04/12/12 at 08:48 PM ET

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Shanahan got pantsed. He clowned his own league. He turned the best time of the year into a joke.

Anytime a Hawks beat reporter stands up and points out how the Wings (not to mention the game itself) was screwed, you know that the league has made a huge mistake. The league’s MSM reporters love to hate the Wings, so I find it astounding to see such universal condemnation of Weber’s actions and the league’s response to it.

If this happened on a street corner, Weber would be in jail.

I’m with awould on this point. I’ve been thinking about it all day.  What Weber did is the textbook definition of “assault with intent to injure” (or whatever the specific legal term is). Just because this Pronger-wannabe goon was wearing skates doesn’t mean he gets to assault someone with the obvious intent to injure him.

Shanny should send himself to the penalty box for the remainder of the playoffs for blowing this one.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/12/12 at 08:50 PM ET

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The only reason this was not a suspension is that Zetterberg was not injured. If Zetterberg had been injured there would definitely have been a suspension. Simple as that. Get over it everyone!
Posted by jtsmith on 04/12/12 at 06:48 PM ET

So b/c Zetterberg’s head is harder than others the act itself is ok?

IDIOT

Posted by statelouis26 from Detroit, MI on 04/12/12 at 10:39 PM ET

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It’s sad that it took the media this long to figure out that current NHL brass is a joke and turned intoa thre ring circus. This all started when Bettman got in charged and replace hockey people with lawyers and non-hockey people. What is the biggest problem is that Bettman, he personally chased out the good refs like a Kerry Fraser because he didnt follow the Bettman line. It turned into a three ring circus when instigator rule was brought in, Getting rid of hockey people in front office and BOG signing off on an crappy tv deal and Bettman putting his people on the BOG.

Posted by FlyersFan on 04/13/12 at 03:58 AM ET

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