Sometime soon, Brendan Shanahan is going to get tired of writing his suspension scripts and tell Rob Blake, a member of the NHL's Player Safety Department, to step in and take one for the team.
Another night, another questionable hit; this time in Columbus where Marc Methot was given two minutes for boarding Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks:
If you're wondering if this case fits what Shanahan has been punishing, the answer is yes.
From the definition of boarding (emphasis ours):
"There is an enormous amount of judgment involved in the application of this rule by the referees. The onus is on the player applying the check to ensure his opponent is not in a defenseless position and if so, he must avoid or minimize contact. However, in determining whether such contact could have been avoided, the circumstances of the check, including whether the opponent put himself in vulnerable position immediately prior to or simultaneously with the check or whether the check was unavoidable c...