Found April 11, 2012 on
Brendan Shanahan was a hot topic around the league during his first season as the NHL's senior vice president of player safety. Colin Campbell, who previously held the position, often made news himself, but Shanahan's tendency to rule with an iron fist immediately caught the attention of the league and the fans. In fact, Shanahan handed out nine suspensions before the regular season even began. The suspensions didn't slow down from there, as Shanahan handed out 44 suspensions that totaled 135 regular season games and 28 preseason games. And while none of the suspensions will carry over into the playoffs,...

The Games Are About To Begin

Top 5 storylines from Scott Burnside of ESPN, 1. Will Shanahan Bring the Iron Fist? How will the games be called and what kind of hammer will Lord of Discipline Brendan Shanahan wield should supplementary discipline be required in the playoffs? There were rumblings at the GMs’ meetings in Florida in March that GMs were unhappy that officials had let too much go in terms of obstruction...

Devils F Ilya Kovalchuk to miss Game 2

New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk will miss Tuesday's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers with an undisclosed injury. The Devils said that Kovalchuk is day to day. He has three goals in eight playoff games. He led the Devils with 37 goals and 83 points this season. The Devils say Kovalchuk was injured in the first-round series...

Shanahan throws book at Bitz, suspends him for two games

So Brendan Shanahan the Vice President of the Department of Player Safety was busy the day after the first night of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. First Shanahan fined Nashville Predators defenseman Shew Weber the NHL maximum of $2,500.00 and then suspended Canucks forward Bryon Bitz for two games for boarding Kyle Clifford, Bitz was assessed a major penalty and given game...

Suspensions In The Playoffs

The NHL has had problems with consistency when suspending players for years.  With Brendan Shanahan coming in as the NHL’s vice president in charge of suspensions there was hope things would change.  The early return from the playoffs is that nothing has changed. One problem the NHL has long had with suspensions is that they have not wanted to appear to decide playoff series...

Playoff Preview: Florida Panthers (3) vs. New Jersey Devils (6)

Playoff Preview: Florida Panthers (3) vs. New Jersey Devils (6) So many storylines here it is almost hard to count. The Florida Panthers have won the Southeast Division for the first time in franchise history. This success has brought them face to face with the sixth seeded New Jersey Devils squad, who is ripe with firepower and is eager for postseason success. Statistical Leaders...

Kerry Fraser Says Refs Must Be Consistent In The Playoffs

from Cathy Dobson of the Sarnia Observer, “Right now, the game is very fast and it’s hard for young officials without the experience to keep up with the pace,” said Fraser, who retired a year ago as the most senior referee in the National Hockey League…. This season, Brendan Shanahan became the NHL’s head disciplinarian and set a new standard of supplementary discipline...

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Impact Players - Part

  Martin Brodeur: Dance with the Devil Martin Brodeur is a sure-fire Hall-of-Famer and one of the best goalies to ever play the game. Three Stanley Cups, four Vezina Trophies, Olympic Gold—Brodeur has done it all. Approaching his 40th birthday, the question remains if Brodeur has one more Stanley Cup run in him. Brodeur has not had a bad year and the New Jersey Devils are a...

Dye: A rant-worthy week in review

This is one of the best times to be a sports fan - baseball is rolling, the nightly thrills of playoff hockey are back, NFL draft speculation is rampant and the NBA playoffs are just around the corner - but Thursday was a day for ranting. Here's why: The NHL's self-proclaimed mission to clean up the cheap shots in its sport lost all credibility. The league had seemed...
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