After a series of concise, enlightening video explanations for his eight preseason suspensions, NHL VP of Player Safety (and Infomericals) Brendan Shanahan had yet to host a clip detailing why a player wasn't suspended after a match penalty.
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone's hit to the head of Montreal Canadiens defenseman Chris Campoli on Saturday night didn't warrant a suspension, according to the NHL. Shanahan explained why in a clip released late Monday:
Earlier in the day, Shanahan released a text statement on the decision not to suspend Malone that served as a basis for this video:
"We felt that this hit was the most challenging one so far in this preseason for the Department of Player Safety to evaluate," said Shanahan. "In the end, we felt that Malone had committed to the hit when Campoli was upright. However, when the contact was made, Campoli's head position significantly changed just prior to the hit.
"There are elements about the hit that we don't like — specif...