NBC Sports Group held its annual media call on Monday, which is a chance to ask its assembled hockey experts all sorts of questions about the upcoming season.
It didn't take long before Kevin Dupont of the Boston Globe addressed the hottest topic in the NHL: The wave of preseason suspensions under new Executive VP of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan, and what they mean for this season and beyond.
Play-by-play diety Doc Emrick endorsed the heavy suspensions, but worried if it hockey would be become "two-hand touch football" down the line. Analyst Ed Olczyk sees it as a work in progress but that it should target players with intent to injure. The man inside the glass, Pierre McGuire, evoked the names of Nathan Horton and Marc Savard in applauding Shanahan's firm hand, and that "it's one of those issues that have to sort itself out, and I think it will."
Then it was Mike Milbury's turn. Boy, was it:
"I was listening to the Muzak before this conv...