Tag:Jody Shelley
Posted on: November 28, 2011 9:33 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 10:30 am
 

Brandon Dubinsky rips Flyers Shelley, Rinaldo

By Brian Stubits

December 14 can't get here soon enough.

The inaugural edition of HBO's 24/7 hockey series was gripping and award-winning. I don't think I met a hockey fan that didn't enjoy every minute of it (except those turned off by Bruce Boudreau's potty mouth, that is). The rivalry between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins only sweetened the pot.

That's why I can't wait for this year's show to start. The two sides are ramping up the rivalry nice and early in the season.

In case you didn't already know, the Flyers and Rangers don't like each other. The Rangers have two teams in their market, but probably dislike the team from Philadelphia the most. I don't think you can say the same about the Flyers due to their feelings with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but the Rangers are close behind.

When the two played over the Thanksgiving weekend, Brandon Prust decided to mix it up with not one but two Flyers. The game came just after the 12-minute trailer for the series aired on HBO over the weekend. In the teaser, a clip of the Flyers' Jody Shelley was shown where he was talking about some of his former teammates in New York and calling Brandon Dubinsky a weasel. Here's the teaser in case you missed it.

Of course it didn't take long for that to get back to Dubinsky. It took even less time for him to respond. Check out what he told Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News.

“First of all, if I was him, I’d keep my mouth shut if I don’t play, especially since I never see him on the ice,” Dubinsky said of Shelley, who has played in only 10 of Philadelphia’s 23 games this season. “He’s usually just yapping from the bench, and I guess now he’s yapping from behind the video camera. So that’s about all I have to say.”

That was not all Dubinsky had to say. “Jody Shelley - it won’t be long before he’s out of the league, because he’s a terrible hockey player,” he added.

Dubinsky didn't limit his words for only Shelley, he threw some barbs in Zach Rinaldo's direction, too.

“I think he’s an idiot,” Dubinsky said of Rinaldo. “And I think that, I mean, he’s not really a good hockey player. So if that’s what he tries to do to get under our skin, I don’t think it works very well. He’s not very effective at it. I think they should just keep putting him on the ice, because he’s a liability against us.”

Some good ol' trash talk is great. Here's hoping that the month of November has a lot more waiting for us.

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H/t to Pro Hockey Talk

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Posted on: September 28, 2011 4:11 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2011 11:44 pm
 

Flyers' Sestito gets two-game regular-season ban

By Brian Stubits

It's another day and we have another Brendan Shanahan ruling laid down.

Tom Sestito of the Philadelphia Flyers came from another state to nail the Rangers' Andre Deveaux that helped send that game into a spiraling mess that ended up with some other controversial moments. For that hit, Sestito will be forced to sit out the remainder of the preseason (two games) and two regular-season matches.

Here's the ruling explained from Shanahan.

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The morning after the hit, Sestito was placed on waivers as part of the process of sending him down to the AHL, although that was likely to happen regardless of the hit. Sam Carchidi at the Flyers Report says that Sestito will be recalled from the minors and sit the two-game suspension then.

Sestito commented on his Twitter feed, mentioning his lack of priors was a factor in getting just the two games.

"Verdict is out, luckily I haven't had a previous suspension things could have been a lot worse! Time to move on and get the season going."

That's obviously a very big factor for Shanahan in making these rulings. It's why teammate Jody Shelley received a five-game ban after his hit on the Maple Leafs' Darryl Boyce, which left Boyce with a broken nose.

Oh, and this happens to come down on Sestito's birthday. This is quite a present from the NHL. More like coal in the stocking.

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Posted on: September 22, 2011 7:58 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 7:31 pm
 

Jody Shelley gets 10 game suspension



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. 

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Posted on: September 22, 2011 5:28 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 7:32 pm
 

Letourneau-Leblond suspended 5 games

By: Adam Gretz

Brendan Shanahan issued his first suspension in his new role as Senior Vice President of Player Safety by suspending Calgary Flames forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond for five games (four preseason games and one regular season game) for boarding Vancouver's Matt Clackson during the Canucks 4-3 win on Tuesday night.

Because Letourneau-Leblond was suspended back in October he is considered a repeat offender under the rules of the current CBA, while the suspension will cost him over $6,000 in salary.

Along with the announcement of the suspension, the NHL also released a video that features Shanahan, who is replacing Colin Campbell in charge of player discipline, breaking down the play frame-by-frame and explaining why it was against the rules and why the suspension is as long as iti is, which is something we're not used to seeing from the NHL (and I like it).

Letourneau-Leblond recieved only a minor penalty during the game.

Shanahan said in the video, which you can watch below, that Clackson had his back turned toward Leblond prior to the contact, and that he did not put himself in that position immediatly prior to the check, which meant Leblond had plenty of time to avoid the hit or minimize it.

And this from the NHL:
"Letourneau-Leblond took a direct route toward Clackson, hit him squarely from behind into the boards and drove through the check high and hard," Shanahan said. "Clackson's back was turned toward Letourneau-Leblond well before the contract, requiring that Letourneau-Leblond avoid or minimize the check completely. He did neither."
During Wednesday's action there were two other boarding calls that are sure to get at least a look from Shanahan and the league as Philadelphia's Jody Shelley was ejected from the Flyers game against Toronto. Detroit's Danny Cleary was also issued a five-minute major for boarding Pittsburgh's Philip Samuelsson in the third period of the Red Wings 3-2 loss to the Penguins, a play that both Cleary and his head coach, Mike Babcock, felt was a clean hit based on a video the NHL sent out earlier in the day showing examples of what are considered to be illegal (and legal) hits.


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Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:53 am
Edited on: September 26, 2011 7:33 pm
 

Shelley's hard hit on Boyce to test Shanahan

By Brian Stubits

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.

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