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by George Malik on 04/17/12 at 02:07 PM ET
Updated 2x at 2:45 PM: Forget the Shanahan stuff…Here’s what Henrik Zetterberg had to say to the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff about the non-suspension on Shea Weber:
Not known for his outspoken comments, in his own quiet way, Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg called out NHL disciplinarian and former teammate Brendan Shanahan for the rash of on-ice incidents that have so far plagued the Stanley Cup playoffs. Zetterberg felt that had Shanahan thrown the book at Nashville Predators defenceman Shea Weber for slamming Zetterberg’s head into the glass during Game 1 of the series between the two teams, then perhaps the ensuing mayhem in other series might never have happened.
“It could be true,” Zetterberg said. “I think the league had a pretty good opportunity in Game 1 to set the bar, and I guess they did. There’s been a few incidents after that.”
Update #2: WXYZ’s Brad Galli caught Zetterberg’s comments on video, too:
What this post looked like first: Urgh. The Globe and Mail’s David Shoalts offers yet another interview with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan about his decision to not suspend Shea Weber for trying to break Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg’s face last Friday:
“In our view of the play and talking to the Detroit people, in our range of punishments from two minutes up to a possible multiple-game suspension, we were on the [punishment] where we thought we’d end up on it,” Shanahan said Tuesday.
While Shanahan considered a suspension, Zetterberg’s health and Weber’s history of no previous discipline played a large part in the decision. “What I said to Weber is that this doesn’t end here with just a fine, that this is part of your record for the rest of the playoffs,” Shanahan said.
Meaning, Weber’s lost the benefit of the doubt the next time he’s involved in a dubious foul and put himself in line for more serious penalties.
Shanahan says he’s not naive about the financial deterrent in the punishment, but that Weber has made himself a target. “For a lot of these guys, $2,500, the maximum amount, doesn’t mean anything. But what it means to them is that they enter the area of repeat offenders. So when I fine a guy, I say you’re now on a much shorter leash.” What does he say to those who think he missed the chance to send a message?
“I think the job is always going to subjective,” Shanahan said. “Regardless of who does it, the person is going to be accused of a million things. I don’t think people understand the depth of analysis and evaluation that we seek on each case. I get that. People don’t have the time to look at things as long and as deep as we do. But this for us is a 24-hour job. As our families can attest, we obsess about it. I’m not going to say we’re perfect. I do think we’re really qualified, and we’re really good.”
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