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Pacioretty responds to the Shanahammer

Nov 29, 2011, 7:57 PM EDT

Max Pacioretty AP

Last night, Brendan Shanahan told the hockey world what he thought of Max Pacioretty’s hit on Kris Letang when he handed down a three-game suspension to the Canadiens’ forward. Today, Pacioretty responded to the punishment. To make a long story, short: he isn’t happy with the three-game mandatory unpaid vacation.

“It’s tough to agree with (the decision) when you see a lot of other things that have happened, but I’ve obviously got to just keep my mouth shut and take it right now,” Pacioretty said at Habs’ practice this afternoon. All players ever ask for is consistency and Patches thinks Shanahan missed the mark on this one. It’s an understandable reaction.

He also took issue to the league’s disciplinarian comparing the hit to Matt Cooke’s hit that ruined Marc Savard’s career. “I felt he put himself in a vulnerable position,” Pacioretty said. “Maybe I shouldn’t have even thought about hitting him because of the way the wind is blowing right with head shots, but I’d like to see a little bit of consistency. If the onus is on the hitter every single time I’d be fine with a suspension, but you’ve seen instances where they’ve placed the onus on the person receiving the hit as well so I’m confused and a lot of other players are confused right now.”

No wonder Pacioretty said he should keep his mouth shut. It’s understandable that Pacioretty is upset, but he may be off base with his comments. Off the record, most NHL players we’ve talked to shared they aren’t afraid of the suspensions eliminating hitting because they know what to expect now. We’ve heard that players are MORE comfortable hitting this season because they understand what is allowed and what will not be permitted because of the transparent nature of Shanahan’s rulings (explanations, videos, etc.).  Even last season, players wondered what kind of hits would be permitted and which hits would be punished.  Shanahan has done his best to eliminate any confusion.

Pacioretty may be confused where the line between right and wrong falls these days, but his concerns are not as widespread as he may think. Then again, as more people get suspended—we may here more of these comments.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 29, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    You elbowed a guy in the face and broke his nose. Sit down and shut up

    • j0nrambo - Dec 1, 2011 at 9:22 AM

      Hockey is a man’s game so deal with it but I wouldn’t expect you to understand that.

  2. bostonhasrealhockey - Nov 29, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    Lets press charges!

  3. atomicpenguin76 - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    He had his head down entering the zone and was looking to get hit, but it was a full-on elbow to the face and not a clean check. It DID look like the hit Cooke gave to Savard, it’s lucky that the result wasn’t worse than it is.

  4. darrylh1978 - Nov 30, 2011 at 12:09 AM

    May aswell put all players in Little pink tu-tu’s cause your all a bunch of princesses!! You wanna play pansy hockey?? Go to Europe. Until then keep playing in a contact league and stop whining when you get hit

    • trbowman - Nov 30, 2011 at 12:59 AM

      Ok Mr. Milbury.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 30, 2011 at 2:04 AM

        Right, anyone who doesn’t wanna take an elbow to the head is a total pansy…..

      • j0nrambo - Dec 1, 2011 at 9:26 AM

        No just you. Hockey is a game for men and these guy’s are paid a lot of money to play. They know the risks they are taking. This shit is killing the game.

  5. thebug30 - Dec 1, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Look I think all you that have commented here must be Leafs fans, I don’t blame Patches for being upset with Shanahan after all he had is neck fractured and he gets a concussion thanks to Chara the end result no disciplinary action taken. Because the NHL doesn’t discipline Boston Bruins players just a hockey play gone wrong right!!!! Also the hit on Letang cannot even be compared with what Cooke’s hit did too Savard it was devastating. Letang got up and skated away got his nose straightened out and scored the winning goal, Cooke took Savard out with blind side hit with his elbow Patches hit Letang in the chest and his shoulder got him in the nose. Patches didn’t say he shouldn’t have been disciplined he just wants Shanahan to keep a level playing field, so far this is not the case!!!!

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