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Brad Staubitz and James Wisniewski suspended for separate incidents in same game

Sep 24, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT

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Safe to say that Brendan Shanahan is going to be diligent with his new job as the NHL disciplinarian.

Last night’s preseason game between Columbus and Minnesota yielded two separate incidents that caught Shanahan’s attention leading to suspensions. Wild forward Brad Staubitz was given a five-minute major for checking from behind and a game misconduct early in the third period of last night’s game leading Shanahan to suspend him indefinitely pending review of the incident.

Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski caught Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck with an illegal blow to the head at the conclusion of last night’s game also earning him an indefinite suspension pending review.

Under Shanahan’s watch, these are the third and fourth suspensions he’s handed out. The first was Calgary’s Pierre-Luc Letorneau-Leblond getting sat down for six games while Philadelphia’s Jody Shelley was given a ten game ban for his hit from behind on Toronto’s Darryl Boyce.

At this point if players don’t realize they’re dealing with a different kind of ruler in Shanahan, they’re foolish. Shanahan’s position as a recent player in the league is clearly not affecting his judgment in handing out suspensions. Fans and players who were hoping to see normalcy put in place regarding discipline are getting their wish as Shanahan is showing no mercy. Here’s to hoping that fans won’t get up in arms when their players come under fire.

  1. greatminnesotasportsmind - Sep 24, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Shanahan is the NHL’s version of Roger Goodell. If you smile funny, your gone.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 24, 2011 at 2:31 PM

      There’s a difference between fining a guy for “excessive celebration” and suspending a guy for trying to injure an opponent

  2. illogic87 - Sep 24, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    What a bunch of nuckleheads…

  3. bcisleman - Sep 24, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Sounds good. If such a strict system had been in place before, the brawlgame between NYI & PIT might never have happened. These things are more likely to occur when players feel they have to take care of business because of slack league discipline. Colin Campbell was a disaster. Shanny is doing the right thing.

  4. canucks18 - Sep 24, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    I am loving this! Finally Shannahan is the guy who will be the guy to get these moronic hits etc out of the game. If guys can’t play the game properly then they’ll finally get what they deserve.

  5. capsrockva - Sep 25, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    it’s awesome. That’s what the league needed. Someone who won’t be afraid to do the right thing

  6. sonvar - Sep 26, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    I have two complaints on it. First, I’m not able to find any video on either hit so I can’t entirely voice my opinion on the hits altogether. Second, I’m really not a fan of suspending players until a hearing is done especially if they take their time before even doing the hearing. Give the suspension and let them appeal if they feel it’s too much.

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