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by George Malik on 04/23/12 at 09:12 PM ET
If you thought that NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan would at least take his playoff lumps without insisting on delivering the self-aggrandizing interviews which his predecessor, Colin Campbell, chose to engage in after the fact to insist that he was in fact doling out only mildly-biased discipline, well…USA Today’s Kevin Allen allowed Shanahan to essentially go a #Webering:
“I asked (everyone),” Shanahan told USA TODAY Sports, “Did you ever sit in a dressing room in the playoffs, and say, ‘I was going to play this one straight tonight, but Shea Weber didn’t get suspended so I’m going to go to a completely different planet and go off the rails?’”
Shanahan, in his first season as the NHL’s supplemental discipline guru, doesn’t believe there is any link between his Weber decision and the wild first round that has resulted in him handing out nine suspensions, including a 25-game suspension to the Phoenix Coyotes’ Raffi Torres on Saturday.
“It’s a convenient theory after the fact,” Shanahan said. “We don’t think people are way off base to think it should have been a one-game suspension because we considered that.”
Continued, at some length, including this gem describing his decision to fine Weber $2,500 because Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg did not sustain a concussion:
“If you look at analogies from society’s legal system, there are penalties for conspiracy to commit murder that aren’t as severe as the penalties for murder,” Shanahan said.
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