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Shanahan not happy with criticism of Campbell

Posted on: September 29, 2011 10:59 am
 

By Brian Stubits

Since taking on the responsibility of handling the discipline of players, Brendan Shanahan has been receving nearly universal praise. People had grown tired of Colin Campbell's reign and have embraced the new open and transparent era with open arms.

But the inverse of that equation is that it also has a lot of people continuing to bash Campbell. Let's be frank, the guy was never really liked by fan, feeling that he was unfair, especially when there was anything involving his son Gregory or his son's team.

Overall, fans viewed Campbell as a joke. So they are making jokes like this (rather hilarious) video from Down Goes Brown of the "lost" Colin Campbell suspension video vault. Here he looks at the hit from Matt Cooke that probably ended Marc Savard's career (for which Cooke received no suspension from the league).

Shanahan, however, isn't enjoying his predecessor being the butt of all the jokes. Here's what Shanahan had to say to Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy regarding the criticism of Campbell.

It's actually been really upset me over the last few days, because I still rely on him almost daily.
I just think he's one of the most moral people I've ever met in hockey. He was a great teammate when he played. He's a great dad who raised a son to play in the NHL. He's built the War Room. He's built this whole department. He's one of the reasons I got hired in the first place.
He and I are not one vs. the other. He's helped me transition to do this. It was Colie who recognized that it was time for a new voice. If people want to see this first week as successful, they have to understand that Colin is as responsible for it as anybody else.

However, this is the lay of the land. When you deal in the world of doling out suspensions, you are likely to cross almost every fan at some point. Shanahan will get his fair share of criticism, too. I don't think Shanahan expects anything different on either of those fronts.

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Posted on: October 19, 2011 10:32 am
 

Shanahan not happy with criticism of Campbell

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Since: Oct 26, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2011 11:53 pm
 

Shanahan not happy with criticism of Campbell

Folks, forget the perceived image of Shanny the on-ice hockey player!  Like the majority of us, I wished to believe that Shanahan replacing Campbell in this critical league role could only result in an improvement in consistency and assessment of behavior worthy of discipline.  Unfortunately, nothing I have seen thus far during preseason suggests a change in the consistentcy of assessment and application.  Furthermore, a continuation of this disturbing trend wil just serve to further erode the integrity of the League's top management.

Brendan has a lot higher priority issues to be concerned about besides how the customers (fans) perceived the performance of his predecessor.  Kingston makes a solid point with the Shanny quote.   Hey, I loved Shanny as a player, but he is in a different role now and is sitting on an altogether different bench and locker room.  His loyalty is to a new world of internal politics!  As the "WHO" once sang.....  " Meet the new boss, same as the old boss,.....   I won't get fooled again!

I'm not fooled, but am disappointed already only a few weeks into play.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: September 29, 2011 9:36 pm
 

Shanahan not happy with criticism of Campbell

He's one of the reasons I got hired in the first place.
I think this is the line that says it all.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: September 29, 2011 7:53 pm
 

Shanahan not happy with criticism of Campbell

However, this is the lay of the land. When you deal in the world of doling out suspensions, you are likely to cross almost every fan at some point. Shanahan will get his fair share of criticism, too. I don't think Shanahan expects anything different on either of those fronts


Colin Campbell was a goon. He was a horrid coach and even worse "head of discipline." Shanahan is a bright guy who gets it. The NHL finally did something right.



Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2011 6:30 pm
 

Shanahan not happy with criticism of Campbell

He is the same guy that held-out from the Whalers, to get what he wanted.  Not the Whalers,  Hartfoed was simply getting used by Shanny, which is not cool, it was all about Brendan Shannahan wanting to manipulate a better contract for himself and his greedy agent friend.  He has loyalty to nobody son.  The Whalers fans remember.




Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2011 5:33 pm
 

Shanahan not happy with criticism of Campbell

Undoubtedly, Shanahan will be criticized  and second guessed by fans and writers alike. It comes with the territory.  I am not surprised that he would defend Campbell and stay above the fray and avoid the pile on.  Shanny has always been a class act. Loyal, tough as nails and fair.


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