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Brooks Orpik has Shanahan’s back

Apr 18, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

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Even after teammates James Neal and Arron Asham were suspended, Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik was sticking up for embattled league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.

“They have a very tough job to do,” Orpik said, as per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “We all knew something was coming. It’s not up to us to decide. I don’t know what the feeling in the room was. You accept it and go with it. We had an hour-long meeting with Brendan Shanahan in New Jersey. I wish everyone had a chance to see how he comes up with his decisions and how much thought he puts into it.”

Orpiks added: “It’s not just [Shanahan]. There’s a panel of people. People have to take a step back and see how much goes into it.”

In a possibly related story, Orpik escaped suspension for a knee-on-knee check on Derek Stepan less than two weeks ago.

  1. mathpete13 - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    you got my back, i got yours…

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    We’ve seen it. We know there’s a panel. Is Shanny the one playing the kazoo?

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      (last time, I promise)

      • HawaiiHockey - Apr 18, 2012 at 3:37 PM

        No way… this is hilarious.

      • bennywisest - Apr 18, 2012 at 4:22 PM

        I am still laughing everytime this is posted. Please keep it going.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 18, 2012 at 4:38 PM

        Last time this week in that case…assuming we don’t have another handful of suspendable plays happen tonight…which is hard to bet against.

    • jasol20 - Apr 18, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      Someone just needs to inform Brooks Orpik that we’ve all seen numbers drawn randomly out of a hat before. And we’ve all seen this video, so either way we understand his process pretty well.

    • govtminion - Apr 18, 2012 at 5:33 PM

      Would it help to show you the version in Shanahan’s office?

      (NOTE: I take no credit for creating this, but I will admit to making it my new desktop background.)

  3. mb65dod - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    What a surprise. Pen’s player defending Shanny… very classy

    • steelhammer92 - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      Um.. They just had 3 players suspended by him. At least they’re not whining about it like the Capitals are.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:18 PM

        Based on your name these aren’t the only dirty Pittsburgh athletes you stand up for. Neal got one game for blatant head-hunting. That’s a joke. Again, a star player gets a slap on the wrist for something that would cost other guys most of the series.

      • rfoster75 - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:47 PM

        they better not be, a 4th player would be curtain for them

  4. dennisund - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    It appears Brooks Orpik is unaware that Shanahan releases an explanation video for every decision, outlining what he did and did not weigh into the decision.

  5. chibimike - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Of course he has Shanahan’s back. Shanahan gave him no supplementary discipline for his blatant knee-on-knee on Stepan. You cover the backs of those that take care of you.

  6. pens5829 - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Shanahan = Tool

  7. michiganhockey11 - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Would he be so gracious of Shanahan if he hadn’t avoid that knee-to-knee penalty/suspension?

  8. kp20520 - Apr 18, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Orpiks knee wasn’t any worse than what Mike Rupp did to Jordan Staal. Stall sat for about 6 weeks after needing surgery, Rupp didn’t get anything. It’s a fast game, you can slow down any video in an attempt to find malice.

  9. jelliot1978 - Apr 18, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    I agree with Orpik, Shanahan has a difficult job and will NEVER please everyone. Do I think Neal deserved more? Yes, but only 1 game more as it should have been 1 for each offense. He went with one and that is still better then Weber. Weber should have been suspended for what he did, the punch is one thing but you cannot try to slam someones head into the wall like he did. He might have gotten this or that wrong been to hard or to light but he takes more into consideration then we as fans do. I also give him a lot of credit as he posts a video breaking down the reasons when no other league does that (at least not that I have seen). I would like to know who is on that panel though. If it were my decision on who would be on the panel I would have 2 prominent retired players and a GM from each conference with a pair of back-ups for each to step in when it was one of their (meaning the normal GM) players involved. One of the players I would like to see is Keith Primeau as most people are going to respect him for how he played and that he had to retire due to Concussions (unfortunately I did hear that he still suffers symptoms from time to time which really sucks).

  10. bmscalise - Apr 18, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Nice aside at the bottom there about the accidental knee-on-knee. Don’t worry. All NY, Philly, Boston, Det, etc. fans know that this was posted to fulfill the appropriate quota of Penguin bashing forums. You don’t need to beat them over the head with it.

  11. thehighcountrybear - Apr 18, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Shanahan’s fine with Orpik having his back, just a little nervous with Orpik’s hands on each shoulder…?

  12. feva4theflava - Apr 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Wow nice reporting. Or maybe all the GM’s in the league agreed to zero suspensions for knee on knee hits a few months ago during the annual GM meeting with the league. Orpick didn’t dodge a suspension when a suspension was never in question. Leave to NBC to spew nonsense just to get a rise out of ignorant fans like most of the ones posting here.

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