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Shanahan meets with Preds, presumably gets an earful

Dec 15, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

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We linked to this story in the Morning Skate, so you’ve probably already read it because nobody misses the Morning Skate. But just in case, league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan was in Nashville yesterday to talk to the Predators about player safety as well as get their feedback on the job he’s done cutting down on dangerous play.

Shanahan’s punished the Preds twice this season, fining Shea Weber for boarding and suspending Jordin Tootoo two games for running a certain Buffalo goalie.

The Tootoo suspension was especially contentious, and Shanahan undoubtedly heard a few dissenting opinions during the meeting. Which in fact was sort of the point.

“One of the things I want to be the hallmark of our department is transparency and a willingness to answer hard questions at hard times,” Shanahan told The Tennessean.

It’s never a bad idea to keep the lines of communication open. Sometimes people just like getting things off their chest. The alternative is to let bad feelings fester. Next thing you know there’s anarchy of biblical proportions.

OK, so Shanahan and Tootoo probably didn’t end up hugging it out – Tootoo’s suspension cost him $13,513, and that’s a new Ford Fiesta right there – but like Preds GM David Poile said, “Though they may not agree with each other, at least they’ve had the conversation to understand his thinking and reasoning to understand why he did what he did.”

Shanahan’s visit to Nashville wasn’t just a one-off.  He’s touring the league to make presentations and talk to each team. No truth to the rumor his meeting in Boston will consist entirely of high-fiving with the Bruins.

  1. cshearing - Dec 15, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    I like the move, and the reasoning for it he put forth. It really is better to talk things out face-to-face than to let the bad feelings linger.

  2. Jeff - Dec 15, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Why would he be high fiving the Bruins?

  3. aksnowman - Dec 15, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Because he sure isn’t suspending any of them for their dirty play.

    • oscojoe - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:29 PM

      When you Poke the Bear you pay the consequences!

      Playing Physical is not dirty, must be a Canuck Fan!!!

  4. docktorellis - Dec 15, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Great last line.

  5. killerpgh - Dec 15, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    I would love to be in the room when Shanny tries to keep a straight face while telling Matt Cooke he treats all head shots the same. Regardless of who is receiving the head shot.

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