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Newsflash: Shanahan doesn’t hate the Wild

Dec 31, 2011, 10:23 PM EDT

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Over the last week, the Minnesota Wild have been on the wrong side of a few decisions from the NHL disciplinary office. No, they haven’t see a few of their players relegated to the press box with suspensions; but they have seen a few of their players sidelined by borderline hits. The frustrating part for some fans in Minnesota is that in each case, Brendan Shanahan ruled that the offending opponent did not deserve supplemental discipline.

Today, Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune caught up with the Shanahan to talk about the recent trend of decisions that have gone against the Wild. The NHL suspension master told Wild GM Chuck Fletcher that it doesn’t “escape me that this has now happened to your club three times.’… I can’t suspend a guy because he hit the wrong guy on the wrong team. [Fletcher] understood. Hey, it’s a tough call. You’re calling a GM the day after he loses one of his best defensemen to an injury. It’s not a pleasant job that we do. But we do it everyday.”

The hits in question were a dangerous shove from behind by Cody McLeod that injured Jared Spurgeon, another dangerous play by Lennart Petrell on Marek Zidlicky, and finally borderline hit by Zach Bogosian on Pierre-Marc Bouchard. On their own, they were all questionable plays that have gone either way. When each and every one of the hits went unpunished, there was a little frustration bubbling under the surface in the State of Hockey.

This open conversation is just another example of the great transparency that Shanahan has brought to the NHL offices. Obviously, no decision maker is going to admit to any bias, but he took the time to address a market that may have concerns and explain his thought process for each of his judgments. Fans may agree or disagree with the final decision, but at least everyone understands the factors that contributed to the decision.

  1. krishavy3 - Jan 1, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    Yeah, sure. Though he suspended (quite possibly) one of the most fair-playing hockey players ever in Pierre-Marc Bouchard for a lousy high stick for TWO GAMES! Yet, Bouchard gets boarded face first, breaks his nose, and is out for three games, and the perp gets nothing. I’m over Shanahan. It was a good idea… until he started choosing, rather than being fair.

  2. vanfoodman - Jan 1, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    The complete lack of consistency in officiating this year in the NHL is simply atrocious. I don’t know who is to blame. Terry Gregson (Director of Officiating), the influx of new officials, the rules committee, Shanahan, the GMs, the owners? I am not talking bias, I am talking about the fact that you can watch several games a night and the same infractions are not enforced the same way in each game. Sometimes not even within the same game or the same period. And it’s all types of penalties; interference, slashing, hooking, goalie interference, charging, headshots. You name it, the refs and Shanahan seem to be making it up as they go along. How are the players suppose to know what is legal and what is illegal? How are the fans suppose to know what’s a good call and what’s a bad call? I watch a lot of games and I mean a lot, and this is the way it is in EVERY game. The league’s officiating is a farce and something needs to be done about it.

    • danphipps01 - Jan 1, 2012 at 11:51 PM

      This. In so many ways, this. Look at the hit that took out Shea Weber, one of the game’s top three defensemen and the up-and-coming best (Lidstrom has to retire SOMETIME, doesn’t he?), and tell me it’s not a headshot. Shoulder pistoned right into his fucking jaw and just like that, one of the game’s absolute elite is gone and there isn’t even a serious review. What the fuck. Spin the wheel of justice, see if you get lucky and the guy who cheapshotted you actually gets an appropriate punishment. This shit is like Russian roulette at this point. =/

  3. gooterbaby - Jan 1, 2012 at 4:18 AM

    Plain and simple look around the league and see how many teams are missing players due to injuries from questionable hits and then look to see how many players have been suspended since the first two weeks of the season. SHANASCAM.

  4. wardmanone - Jan 1, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    No rhyme or reason to Shannie ruling and league officiating way to much inconsistency.Squeaky wheels get the grease aka Shannie decision and officials don’t consistently apply the rules subjective vs objective. This is the NHL

  5. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Jan 1, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Shanahan has proven he isn’t fair and has no clue what he is doing… the only good thing that has come from him are the videos explaining the ruling.

  6. vanfoodman - Jan 2, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Shanny is sniffing glue. Sutton gets NOTHING for his LATE hit on Tavares?

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