Brendan Shanahan says he isn't presiding over a league where goalies have to worry about getting hit, and thinks it's ''irresponsible'' for the Buffalo Sabres to suggest otherwise.
The NHL's new disciplinarian reacted strongly to complaints from the Sabres on Monday after he elected not to suspend Bruins forward Milan Lucic for his collision with Buffalo's Ryan Miller.
''Buffalo's comments are irresponsible to suggest that it's open season,'' Shanahan said at the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony. ''I will have this warning for players: It's not. If you run a goalie, you're going to find yourself in the same situation that Lucic was today, you're going to have to explain yourself and if you don't explain it sufficiently, and if I don't buy it, you're going to be suspended.''
On Saturday, Miller was knocked to the ice by Lucic when the goalie strayed from his net to play the puck in the first period of Buffalo's 6-2 loss. Shanahan held a hearing with Lucic on Monday and was s...