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Shanahan on suspensions: playoff games don’t equal regular-season games

Mar 21, 2012, 4:49 PM EST

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A little something to stick in your back pocket – NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan is on the record that a one-game suspension in the playoffs is more significant than a one-game suspension in the regular season.

In fact, according to Shanahan, it’s a LOT more significant.

“I can attest to this as a player, if you ask me if I’d rather have a four-game suspension in November than a one-game suspension in the playoffs, I’d take the four-game suspension in November,” Shanahan told ESPN’s Craig Custance. “If you think about it, that one game in the finals is the equivalent of a 12-game suspension. … I don’t feel we’re in the punishment business, we’re in the changing player behavior business. You do that by getting a player’s attention.”

So by Shanahan’s math, Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome was suspended 48 regular-season games for his late hit on Boston’s Nathan Horton in last year’s finals.

  1. itsallniceonice - Mar 21, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    “we’re in the changing player behavior business.” Riiiight. So far it looks like that behavior is complete dirty hit and gamble on no injury on the play so there is no suspension. Good job Shanahan.

  2. ndrick731 - Mar 21, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Well he completely inconsistent in his handing out discipline anyway do why is this statement a surprise? So is he saying that once the playoffs start cheap shots will be more acceptable. Of course anybody that gets within 10 feet of Cindy Crosby will be the exception.

    • bauerstick - Mar 21, 2012 at 5:51 PM

      Sadly AGREED….Just as # 99 Had his Marty McSorley….it seems that Ol’ Sid C. is assigned a

      Watchmans’ role ( perhaps Cross in the Penguins’ line — Up ) to do the Duty. A ” Free Pass? ”

      ONLY Time and a Playoff berth will tell .

  3. bauerstick - Mar 21, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Perhaps, This Is one you can have ‘written down’ and carry in your back Pocket! A clear way

    to determine player behaviour modification is through a healthy Fine to fit the rule infraction.

    Beyond That, any Suspension levied During a Playoff Game will effect the whole team inasmuch

    that the Player that fails to control a quick impulse….be he an inforcer or a centre star or a high point

    scorer effects a teams’ standings in the eye of the observers. Also, it effects the Team worse than

    Trips to the Penalty box— as we are comparing short — handed play verses ‘days off ‘ without play

    (or, the League suspension ). I firmly concur with Mr. B Shanahans’ reasoning.

  4. scottybcboy - Mar 21, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Shanny is right, the playoff suspensions do carry more weight than the regular season. Isn’t this the time to send messages then. If he had given gave Kesler 4 games yesterday the players would (hopefully) be thinking that that means 1 game for a comparable infraction in the playoffs, instead this leaves them thinking that if that wasn’t suspendable in the regular season they can do just about anything they want and go unpunished in the playoffs.

  5. sabatimus - Mar 21, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Since playoff games carry more weight, I argue that they should be HARSHER than regular-season suspensions.

    • bauerstick - Mar 21, 2012 at 6:07 PM

      Yep….Wire Mr. B. Shanahan / head of Players’ discipline N.H.L.home Office New York, N.Y. !

  6. nepo784 - Mar 21, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    DOUCHEBAG. With a continuing bias against the Bruins

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Mar 21, 2012 at 6:10 PM

      you mean continuing bias towards 90% of the NHL.

      Why do all of you Bruins (and a few other teams fans) think everyone is out for you and you only. You wonder why everyone can’t stand the sight and or sound of you clowns!

      You are an equal to the d-baggery that Shanny is.

      • itsallniceonice - Mar 21, 2012 at 9:22 PM

        I can’t stand the idiots that think all Bruins fans are clowns. Sit down and shut up.

      • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Mar 21, 2012 at 9:42 PM

        I am sitting down, on a computer…. Thanks champ or should I say CLOWN?

  7. cup0pizza - Mar 21, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    lol gbiscottagecheesefatties that was a killer response! As a Stars fan, I don’t think that the league is unfair at all to Dallas, except being in the Pacific division sucks. Hope Shanny throws the book at Shane Doan!

  8. habsman - Mar 21, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Typical Bruin fan. The dirtiest team in the league and they complain about discipline. They’ve got away with ten times more than any other team due to Greg’s daddy Colie, and the rest of the league knows it.

    • itsallniceonice - Mar 21, 2012 at 9:24 PM

      Hard to read your comment with the whining and crying oozing from your post.

  9. danphipps01 - Mar 21, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    So, basically, going by what it takes to get five games off in the regular season, he just formally endorsed cheapshotting your way straight to the Stanley Cup.

    Somewhere, Brad Marchand is rejoicing.

  10. lordstanley65 - Mar 21, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Typical dumbass Habsman comment. Nothing of value, just the total hypocrisy we’ve all come to expect.

  11. arbruins - Mar 21, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Can’t wait for the year when the Habs win the cup…should be 2070. Then everyone will here about the cheating d bag Canadiens and their know nothing fans. Typical crap from a bunch of sore LOSERS! Maybe by then the prejudice against anyone who speaks English on the team will have been abolished.

  12. ikillchicken - Mar 22, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    “So by Shanahan’s math, Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome was suspended 48 regular-season games for his late hit on Boston’s Nathan Horton in last year’s finals.”

    This has always been my point in regards to Rome. I have no problem with him getting suspended. It was a late hit. He deserved a suspension. The idea that his hit was (if you go by the punishment) quite literally one of the worst hits ever in this history of the NHL…well that’s just silly.

  13. buffalomafia - Mar 22, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Shanahan, don’t forget that Cynthia Crosby can get checked! No babying Cynthia!

    Also if players are going to fight both players should take off there helmets like they do in juniors!

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