Most of the attention Brendan Shanahan has received during his tenure as the discipline czar has been focused on hits to the head and boarding calls; the types of plays that lead to concussions and other dangerous injuries.
But he has also been keeping a keen eye on ferocious slashes across the league and using the tools at his disposal to try and get rid of those as well; that would be finding players.
That's what happened to Islanders star John Tavares for his slash right on the hands of Devils captain Zach Parise on Friday afternoon. The NHL announced that Tavares was docked the maximum amount of money he could, $2,500. The money will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
Here is the play that led to the fine courtesy of The Score.
I'm not a terribly big fan of fines for slashing, but I can see where Shanny is coming from here. That was clearly a retaliatory slash from Tavares that wasn't in an attempt to make a play, it was gratuitous. So if you're going to fine players and get rid of these types of slashes, then this fits the bill and might help explain why Shanahan turned this decision around faster than any other thus far, a few hours after the game ended (a 1-0 Devils win).