Originally posted on Puck Daddy  |  Last updated 1/1/12
Congratulations are in order for St. Louis Blues' defenseman Ian Cole, who becomes the first of what, if 2011 was any indication, will be many NHL players to earn a Shanaban in 2012. Cole has been suspended 3 NHL games, and will forfeit $21,081.09 in salary to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund (i.e. used to buy a car for the player whose confidence is shaken when he's chosen last at the All-Star draft). Here's Shanahan with the explanation: While I expressed frustration on Saturday with Shanahan's recent seeming unpredictability, I have to give him kudos for making this one very clear. Or maybe the kudos is rightly Cole's. After all, according to Shanahan, he committed a very clear violation: "When skating up the middle on a play like this, all players understand the danger and should expect that a good, hard, full bodycheck could be looming. However, what no player should expect any longer is that his head will be made the principle point of contact whether intentionally or...
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