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by George Malik on 04/16/12 at 12:41 PM ET
Updated 2x at 12:18 PM: The Red Wings are on the ice for practice as I write this, with MLive’s Ansar Khan reporting that Nicklas Lidstrom and Ian White are skating together, and NHL.com’s Brian Hedger reporting that Danny Cleary’s skating on the Datsyuk line, with Gustav Nyquist demoted to the 4th line and Todd Bertuzzi skating with Miller and Abdelkader…
And while that should tide you over till the after-practice updates, if you are, as the Globe and Mail’s David Shoalts
RedWingsFeed) suggests, no longer a Brendan Shanahan fan because he chose not to suspend Shea Weber, Pro Hockey talk’s Joe Yerdon reports that Shanahan told WFAN’s Boomer and Carton in New York that he didn’t suspend Weber because, well…The Wings didn’t lie and tell Shanahan that Henrik Zetterberg was hurt:
“I looked at that one and I’m not happy with that play,” Shanahan said. “I investigated that hit. I called Detroit that night. I think that (Weber) pushed (Zetterberg’s) face in the glass. I was really close to a one-game suspension on that and when I talked to Detroit and I talked to (Ken Holland) he basically said the player was fine.”
Here’s the interview:
Update: Here’s a bit more from Yahoo Sports’ Greg “Puck Daddy” Wyshynski:
“I looked at that one, and I’m not happy with that play. I’ll say on the bigger picture too: If I made a decision that people didn’t agree with, or a day or two later, you got that one wrong, a week later they’d try to hold me to that standard and question by consistency if I move forward.
“The playoffs evolve. The game evolves. I have to try and keep evolving with them. It’s not like the regular season where every team has 82 games to play, and there’s equal footing. They change depending on the score of the series or how many games are left in the series.
“I investigated that hit. I called Detroit that night. I think that he pushed his face in the glass. I was very close to a 1-game suspension on that. When I talked to Detroit [GM Ken Holland], he basically said that the player was fine.
“I think it’s a fair argument. A $2,500 fine is as high as we can fine a player.”
Update #2 NHL.com’s John Manasso also captured Predators coach Barry Trotz’s take on Weber fighting Todd Bertuzzi:
“If I knew the future I’d say ‘No, don’t do that,’” Trotz said. “I knew something was up and sometimes teams will stick up for guys. I probably would say our response would be very similar to Detroit’s if something happened to one of our guys and we agreed or disagreed with what was done. There might be a little bit of a response.
“It’s part of hockey. It’s just sort of that code that sometimes the players have to govern each other and Shea’s not going to back down from that. Most times, he’ll back away from that because I don’t want him [off] the ice, but that was a situation where in the NHL code, unwritten codes we have, sometimes you say ‘OK, I get it. I’m here. Let’s have closure to this issue and let’s move on.’ And really that’s what happened.”
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