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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Campbellization of the NHL Department of Player Safety is complete.

No doubt that while acting as the league’s chief discipline officer, Colin Campbell believed in his heart he was acting in the league’s best interest when he combed through the rule book searching for technicalities in order to grant leniency to miscreants who came before the bar.

Now, his successor, Brendan Shanahan, apparently has adopted the same philosophical approach in dealing with defendants who come before his court after having begun his tenure with a heavy gavel that caught everyone’s attention and suggested victims of senseless aggression on the rink would finally get justice.

The decision not to suspend the Lightning’s Dominic Moore after his head-high shoulder concussed Ruslan Fedotenko at the Garden on Thursday — because the shoulder knocked the Ranger’s stick into his own head — is straight out of the previous script that apparently has reappeared as the NHL’s bible.


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mrfluffy's avatar

A shame they don’t enforce the embellishment that happened, either, Larry.

Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 02/12/12 at 05:46 AM ET


God, Brooks is a homer shill.

Moore didn’t leave his feet, didn’t target the head, didn’t even hit from the side.  He got the penalty and a fine, which is plenty for what he did.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 02/12/12 at 08:22 AM ET


If the roles were reversed, and Moore was on the receiving end, I bet all my life’s savings on Brooks claiming the penalty levied was fair and the Lightning should stop whining.

He needs to say something stupid to Torts again… his writing bores me.

Posted by tj77 from usa on 02/12/12 at 10:49 AM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Brooks is a senile hack shilling for the NHLPA ! you have to give him a Mulligan !

Posted by Evilpens on 02/12/12 at 12:23 PM ET


I hadn’t watched the hit previously. Just went back and watched the two angles available on the clip linked on here.

It was definitely the stick that made contact with the head, not shoulder. The announcers keep on and on about what a dirty hit and neither even hint that it wasn’t shoulder to head like it looks on the initial replay.

What Rangers fans should be saying to themselves and the reporters should be saying , and the coach should be asking, is Why was his stick held up vertically away from the ice. You can’t take a pass and shoot a onetimer with your stick over your head.

Posted by teldar on 02/12/12 at 01:53 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Where does the NHLPA come into play on this?

Brooks is bombastic because it gets people to talk about him. He’s almost trollish. I choose not to feed the troll and generally don’t read what he writes.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/12/12 at 02:39 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

because they want a Say in the suspensions & Senile Brooks is pushing their agenda as he always does

Posted by Evilpens on 02/12/12 at 03:32 PM ET


Figured this would have to do with the Moore thing. Every Brooks article can be summed up “A is a buddy of mine, so I’ll get his back” or “B is someone I didn’t like when he was a ranger, so I’m gonna even the score.” Then he warps reality to make it fit one of those agendas.

This: “after his head-high shoulder concussed Ruslan Fedotenko at the Garden on Thursday — because the shoulder knocked the Ranger’s stick into his own head —” is intentionally confusing. He wants everybody to make the headshot connection to a non-headshot without being libelous. So dishonest.

Sorry other Larry. Hitting someone’s hands with your back is not even illegal, whether they receive a concussion or a severed head. While I’m unbending MR Brooks’s unreality, may as well mention that moving your upper body out of the way of a 3 second-late hit is not dirty or illegal, either.

Posted by Larry from pitt on 02/12/12 at 08:20 PM ET


wow, read the rest. He’s trying to insinuate Moore made a lateral hit to the hands with the intention of catapulting the stick into Fed’s face and giving him a concussion.

Moore would need to have the coordination of God to pull that off on purpose.

I’m not sure Moore even has the coordination of a Tom Wandell.

Posted by larry from pitt on 02/12/12 at 08:29 PM ET


That’s a good non-suspension call.

Posted by Garth on 02/12/12 at 09:16 PM ET


They need a panel.  It would take the heat off Shanny.  You could have Shanny for the league, Lindros for the players association and someone from outside the league that both sides respect.

Maybe Bill Clinton.  2 out of 3 vote for appropriate action.  They would also review and suspend players for diving.

Posted by 13 user names on 02/13/12 at 08:50 PM ET


Brooks is a deranged man.  Hears voices.  Ryan Smyth to Rangers LOL

Posted by 13 user names on 02/13/12 at 08:51 PM ET

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