Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/20/11 at 10:48 PM ET
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
If recent history is any indicator , every decision will still set off a raging controversy. Some will last mere days but many, like the uproar when Campbell did not suspend Matt Cooke for a hit in March 2010 that left Marc Savard concussed and still unable to play, will boil for months and years.
(Brian) Burke said when he became the director of hockey operations in 1993, Bettman warned him what to expect. “You think you’re ready. Then the first one happens. The media is screaming at you, both teams are screaming at you. You have no idea how loud the volume gets turned up on the big ones,” Burke said….
“I think it’s important to state that I do love the physical aspect of hockey,” Shanahan said at the time. “It’s a very difficult and fine balance to keep that in the game.
“But I can’t promise you what was once a three [-game suspension] is now a seven. I think that it’s all going to be individual.”
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