It looks like there's going to be a new sheriff in town.
NHL Senior Vice President and chief disciplinarian Colin Campbell will relinquish his duties in the crime and punishment department, leaving the door open for Brendan Shanahan's role in the NHL offices to further grow and for him to take over, Darren Dreger of TSN reported Wednesday.
Campbell has held the role in the NHL offices since he was fired as coach of the New York Rangers in 1998. In his time, he's been a busy -- and controversial -- man. Let's face it, being in charge of fines and suspensions in the NHL is no piece of cake. In recent years he's really been under the microscope with the increased attention on hits to the head.
Then there was the big mess Campbell found himself in back in November of last year. Emails came to the surface that Campbell had sent, accusing Boston's Marc Savard of being "a little faker" after he drew a penalty from Campbell's son, Gregory, in a game. Ironically, Savard and the younger Campbell are now together with the Bruins, who are playing for the Stanley Cup.
Shanahan, meanwhile, has become a recognized rising star since joining the NHL in the role of Vice President of Hockey and Business Development.
-- Brian Stubits