Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:04 pm
By: Adam Gretz
It seems one of two things is happening around the NHL this preseason: either players aren't aware that there is a new sherrif in town that is dropping the hammer in terms of discipline, or they're enjoying these suspension videos Brendan Shanahan is putting together as much as the rest of us (because they are awesome and extremely helpful).
During the Flyers 5-3 win over the New York Rangers on Monday night, Philadelphia's Tom Sestito received a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct for taking a run at Andre Deveaux of the New York Rangers. The hit resulted in a fight between Sestito and Stu Bickel.
Here's the video, via Hockeyfights.com:
And with that Shanahan gets more work and another Flyers player is likely to miss a bunch of regular season games. Jody Shelley was one of the first players to be issued supplemental discipline under Shanahan's watch, receiving a 10-game banishment (five preseason games and the first five games of the regular season) for his hit from behind on Darryl Boyce of the Toronto Maple Leafs last week. It appeared that Sestito's hit might have been worse, especially given how far across the ice he traveled to deliver the hit.
This game was an exhibition preview of the Winter Classic, which was officially announced earlier on Monday, and both teams showed that just because it doesn't count in the standings the still don't like each other all that much. Along with the Sestito boarding incident, the game also featured a fight between Dale Weise and Zac Rinaldo, while Max Talbot was sent off for boarding -- and the player on the receiving end of that hit was Deveaux, the player that was hit earlier in the game by Sestito.
Posted on: September 22, 2011 7:58 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 7:31 pm
By: Adam Gretz
We knew Thursday was going to be a big day for Brendan Shanahan to see how he would handle the Jody Shelley incident from Wednesday's Flyers-Maple Leafs game, when the Philadelphia forward was ejected for boarding Toronto's Darryl Boyce.
Just hours after Shanahan appeared in a video describing the five-game suspension he issued to Calgary's Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, it was announced that Shelley will be suspended for what amounts to 10 games -- the final five games of the preseason and the first five games of the regular season.
He won't be eligible to return to the Philadelphia lineup until Thursday, Oct. 20 when the Flyers host the Washington Capitals.
The incident occurred midway through the second period when Boyce chased the puck into the Flyers zone and was then sent into the glass with a high hit from behind by Shelley. The play resulted in a five-minute major penalty as well as a game misconduct.
As he did earlier in the day to announce the first suspension under his watch, Shanahan again appeared in a video describing the incident (the description of the play was nearly identical to the first one) and all of the factors that went into his decision. In this instance, Shanahan explained that he took into consideration that Boyce was injured on the play, as well as the fact that Shelley was suspended twice last season to reach the decision to suspend him for the remainder of the preseason as well as the first five regular season games.
Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:53 am
Edited on: September 26, 2011 7:33 pm
It didn't take long for us to get a test case for new discipline chief Brendan Shanahan.
Last night in Philadelphia, Jody Shelley laid an ugly hit on the Maple Leafs' Darryl Boyce into the boards, receiving a major penalty, game misconduct and cut over his eye from a Jay Rosehill punch. See the play and ensuing fight for yourself.
This comes on the heels of Shanahan sending out changes to the boarding rules to all the teams. In particular, here is what it had to say that's in play here.
This season, a boarding penalty will be assessed to a player who checks or pushes a defenseless player in a manner that causes the player to have a potentially violent and/or dangerous impact with the boards. The word "pushes" was added to the rule and "defenseless" replaced the word "vulnerable."
The onus now is going to be on the player applying the check to ensure his opponent is not in a defenseless position. If he is, the player applying the hit must avoid or, at the very least, minimize the contact.
After the game Boyce talked about the hit, sporting a freshly broken nose.
“I think it was late for sure and my back was to the wall, so it definitely was not a clean hit,” Boyce said. “The game moves so fast out there that sometimes you think that it wasn’t late and it was clean. That’s just the speed of the game.”Clearly Shelley is looking at some punishment from the league. The puck was long gone from Boyce's stick and the hit seems to fit the type of play the league is trying to rid to a T. Considering Shelley doesn't have the cleanest track record, I would expect to see Shelley sit out the remainder of the preseason, at least, and have to pay a fine.
In addition to being a perfect opportunity for Shanahan to show how serious he is about eradicating these hits from the game, it's an equally good chance to help clarify the rules. They have been changing so much in recent years that nobody really knows what it legal and what's not these days.
Your move, Shanny.