Should Shea Weber have been suspended for mauling Henrik Zetterberg? (Nam Y. Huh, AP)
by Rhys Richards (@RREsq)
People in all walks of life methodically make decisions or choose actions in the name of building their reputations. Unfortunately, some learn that one bad decision or action can undercut months and even years of hard work such that a once sterling reputation cannot be rehabilitated.
On June 1, 2011, Brendan Shanahan succeeded Colin Campbell as the NHL’s Vice President of Hockey and Business Development. NHL teams, players and fans know that position as the one tasked with handing down suspensions and fines to offending hockey players.
Throughout the season, Shanahan did not shy away from his job duties. He set the tone early with a five-game suspension of Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond for boarding Matt Clarkson. Three days later, he handed down a lengthy twelve-game suspension of new Columbus Blue Jacket and top pairing defenseman James Wisniewski.
Shanahan proceeded to...