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Brendan Shanahan calls Sabres “completely irresponsible” for comments

Nov 14, 2011, 8:16 PM EDT

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Upon hearing that the NHL decided not to suspend Milan Lucic for his controversial check on Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff and others wondered if it’s “open season” on goalies. To little surprise, that statement irked lead disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, who called the Sabres’ comments “completely irresponsible” and said that it isn’t the case, according to Nick Cotsonika.

Shanahan explained that if someone else runs a goalie, that player will discuss the matter with him. If Shanahan “doesn’t buy” that person’s explanation, then a suspension will occur.

It’s good that Shanahan hopes to hold players accountable (and avoid a Wild West in which netminders morph into heavily padded targets), but the subjective nature of “buying it” could open things up to more complaints. Hopefully future conference calls won’t be the hockey equivalent to an ineffectual trip to the principal’s office, but we’ll have to wait and see once (or if?) a similar collision takes place.

  1. scotloucks - Nov 14, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Really Brendan?

    So why no review of the “head shot” on Reimer by Gionta?

    You said it doesn’t matter if it is intentional or not. You say you buy Lucic’s excuse ….. but you (or someone) decided that the direct shot to the head on Reimer wasn’t even worth a review.

    Full of chit Shanahan.

  2. bigbear42 - Nov 15, 2011 at 12:44 AM

    Im starting to think Shanahan is making these kind of calls for attention

  3. insider7 - Nov 15, 2011 at 5:01 AM

    News flash to the gutless, spineless wonders in Buffalo: it’s open season on any player who plays the puck.

    Now stop trying to divert attention away from your own players’ failure to respond to the check on your goalie. The entire Buffalo team just ran away and hid under their beds after this check. Nobody responded! Maybe it should be open season on cowards.

  4. wez99 - Nov 15, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    You can’t hit a goalie at any point!!! Playing the puck or not!! Shanahan is a piece of shit like lucic, we will be recording no suspension when we take lucic out when we meet bruins again, look for mccormik, gaustad, kaleta out for the forwards and regehr to be out there also, it bad news bears for lucic!!

    • jpelle82 - Nov 15, 2011 at 10:13 AM

      good luck with that

    • polegojim - Nov 15, 2011 at 11:41 AM

      Next time, Ryan will leave the puck alone during a heated play with defenders bearing down on it while almost to the red line.

      Is Lucic supposed to say – “Oh, excuse me. Mr. Ryan, please play through?’

      This isn’t Golf.

      In THAT situation, Rule 42.1 is inappropriate. If a goalie decides to cut off a defenders play on the puck THAT far out of the crease, he should be ‘checkable’.

      • jpelle82 - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:06 PM


      • imleftcoast - Nov 15, 2011 at 4:24 PM

        Rome got 4 games in the SCF for not easing up. Watch the f’ing replay. Lucic looked up, saw him and continued with the hit. Let’s not pretend for a second that he was playing the puck.

  5. carol6645 - Nov 19, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Can’t pass this up! Brendon Shanahan seems totally irresponsible! On top of that what about Tim Thomas out there always wearing his smile wishing he were a player like all the rest!!! Since when does he stay in his net?? You can find him most anywhere fighting, pushing, anywhere a GOALIE should NOT be! When does his concussion come up?? Any day now?? ANY DAY!

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