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Shanahan further explains no suspension for Moore

Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:10 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

It's not often that Brendan Shanahan does videos when there was no suspension to talk about. I know a lot of people wish he'd do more on the non-suspension rulings, most notably the players.

But on rare occasions Shanny will feel a ruling needs the extra explanation. That's the case in the recent fine for Tampa Bay Lightning center Dominic Moore for his hit on the Rangers' Ruslan Fedotenko. You'll remember it left the Rangers pretty furious afterward. It really looked like it was a clear shoulder-on-head meeting.

It just looked that way.

When the NHL announced the suspension, it said there was additional evidence that supported the decision to only make it a fine.

We have our additional camera angle and further explanation from Shanahan that shows why the call was made and that it was the right one.

The first few camera angles you can't see anything but a shoulder to the head. It's on the later replays that you can clearly see Moore never hits Fedotenko in the head. Instead, he hits Fedotenko's hands which propels his stick into his own face.

Shanahan said the decision to fine Moore came from the fact that Fedotenko did sustain an injury from the hit and that it was still intentional interference.

It really would be nice to get more decisions explaining the decision on non-suspensions. This should be enough to cool down the Rangers fans who were riled up.

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Comments

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:46 pm
 

Shanahan further explains no suspension for Moore

Good article.  Of course, if the NHL had a concrete policy on what constituted a dangerous hit, and accompanying punishments in the rulebook, then none of these ridiculous explanations by Shanahan would even be necessary.  I hope this is something the NHLPA stands firm on come CBA negotiation...

This is just my opinion but I don't believe that either the NHL or the NHLPA will ever allow for a concrete policy to be put in place, let alone standard punishments in the rule book.   I've explained my thinking when it comes to this before and I'll do it again.  What good would making something like this crystal clear in a rule book would it do the league or the union when a superstar does something stupid? Or when an important player does something stupid?  Or what about if Matt Cooke who the league isn't a big fan of screws up again, does the NHL want to be limited when it comes to what they can do to Cooke?  

When it comes to these things I think the league and the union love the colour grey ....... black and white won't do. 



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:29 pm
 

Shanahan further explains no suspension for Moore

Good article.  Of course, if the NHL had a concrete policy on what constituted a dangerous hit, and accompanying punishments in the rulebook, then none of these ridiculous explanations by Shanahan would even be necessary.  I hope this is something the NHLPA stands firm on come CBA negotiation...



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:18 pm
 

Shanahan further explains no suspension for Moore

After this explanation, why would they even fine Moore?    Yzerman giving him pointers...just kidding...I hope.

This makes no sense with all the head hits that haven't even been reviewed this year.    If it was just a non-malicious interferenc call, I don't like the fine going with the hit.    What a mess.


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