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Shanahan explains Bouchard suspension; Agent: “shameful farce for the league”

Oct 9, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

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Pierre-Marc Bouchard‘s two-game suspension by the league has caught many by surprise including his agent, Allan Walsh.

Walsh explained in a fiery diatribe to Star Tribue writer Michael Russo that the league’s way of handling the case is nothing more than a “kangaroo court” and calls the resulting suspension, “a shameful farce for the league.”


Bouchard was suspended for his high stick to Columbus’ Matt Calvert that caught Calvert in the mouth and sent him off bleeding from the mouth and missing a couple teeth. While Bouchard was combating Calvert on a face off, it appeared that Calvert’s stick lift managed to do all the damage. Intentional shot to the face? It sure didn’t seem that way.

Brendan Shanahan gave his explanation for the Shanaban via video as per usual.

  1. donttouchthedirtypenny - Oct 9, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    Good suspension,

    • bcjim - Oct 9, 2011 at 9:56 PM

      wtf are you watching?

      And who died and made “2000+ PIM Brendan” the arbiter of suspensions and civil play??? Maybe Dale Hunter can succeed him when he retires?

      Get this clown out of here,

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Oct 9, 2011 at 11:13 PM

      good suspension? really? did you not see Calvert bump Bouchard’s stick up which causes him to get hit?

      • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Oct 10, 2011 at 2:20 AM

        there was zero intent and no need for a suspension.. a ridonk suspension and now I am no longer a fan on shanaban or however it goes… please. I get he is responsible but we don’t need to get carried away here. A fine would and should have been plenty. THIS IS AN ACCIDENT, NOTHING MORE.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. donttouchthedirtypenny - Oct 10, 2011 at 6:18 AM

    If Bouchard didn’t swing his stick none of this would have happened. Calvert Aline couldn’t have brought Bouchard’s stick to his mouth. I hate stick swinging (even if someone is swinging at an airborne puck) and this is a good message to the players. I guess you Minnesota fans thought Dino Ciccarelli’s stick swing was no big deal either, eh?

  3. tlndma - Oct 10, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Absolutely the stuff that needs to be taken out of the game. You can’t be recklessly swinging your stick at an opponent. Regardless that his stick was redirected by other other players stick, he was swinging at him and in the end it he is responsible for the blow.

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