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Shanahan denies feeling pressure to ease up

Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:06 am
Edited on: October 13, 2011 10:09 am

By Brian Stubits

Have you noticed things have been a lot quieter on the Brendan Shanahan front lately? After going crazy in the preseason, there has only been one suspension handed out since the season began, and it wasn't even for a hit to the head or boarding, but instead for Marc-Pierre Bouchard's stick to Matt Calvert's face.

So is that the result of the alleged complaints from some general managers to commissioner Gary Bettman directed at Shanahan's tough love? Shanahan told the Globe and Mail that he isn't feeling any heat whatsoever (he must have the thickest of thick skins to not have felt any pressure from the hockey world, but I digress) but instead it's players wising up.

“The fact we haven’t had any [suspensions] in a week, to me it speaks to the players, to their ability to adapt and make changes,” he said Wednesday. “People can report what they want on TV but I felt no internal pressure to make any changes [in player discipline]. My commitment is the same as it’s always been.”

Shanahan and NHL Deputy Chairman Bill Daly both went on to say that they had not received a large amount of criticism from GMs. Obviously that's all up to interpretation. What defines a large amount? Did the GMs just share their beef with Bettman, who let it die there? Who knows.

What I do know, however, is that while the debate has raged on through such portals of wisdom as Don Cherry and Mike Milbury, this hasn't been a league-wide epidemic or anything like that. Everybody was put into a tizzy with the preseason gone Wild, but matters have stabilized. Who knows what the real reason for that is, but the number of glaringly obvious illegal shots have undoubtedly gone down.

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Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: October 13, 2011 4:03 pm

Shanahan denies feeling pressure to ease up

No Hit League = no suspensions

Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 3:37 pm

Shanahan denies feeling pressure to ease up

Ditto!..the GAME does not need cheap shot artist and I am glad he is hitting them back where it hurts. Thier Pockets!!!

The League is soooooo much better. Hits are still there but let's keep it legal guys. 

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: October 13, 2011 2:10 pm

Shanahan denies feeling pressure to ease up

Most of the GMs must be worried that they'll be cast as the type in Cherry's and Milbury's camp.    They want to protect their image, haha.    Dreger was on the NHL network yesterday mentioning that very few gms are against what Shanahan was doing and that the overwhelming majority are in favor of the changes.     Suspensions will start coming back, or should, and more gms will be impacted by those suspensions or injuries from head hits.   I don't think any real pressure is going to emerge until a few more gms think they're losing out in the standings because of Shanahan's and the league's policies.

Let's see what it looks like in January with the gms.    Happy to hear that Shanahan thinks the players are adjusting, they always have and they will, I just hope the adjustment is completed sooner rather than later.    

Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:21 am

Shanahan denies feeling pressure to ease up

Good job, Shanny! Keep it up.

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