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Shanahan staying with the NHL, not headed for Calgary

Jun 27, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

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Sheriff Shanahan won’t be hitting the trail west for Calgary.

According to a report on Twitter, Brendan Shanahan, currently the NHL senior vice-president of player safety, is staying with the league, despite the opportunity for a hockey operations job the Calgary Flames.

As per Renaud Lavoie of RDS, turned down an offer to work with the Flames and will stay with the NHL.

Earlier this month, the Flames confirmed they had interest in hiring Shanahan – currently tasked with handing out supplementary discipline – to their hockey operations department.

“I can tell you we are now on a long-term process to add depth to our hockey operations,” Flames president and CEO Ken King said recently.

“We want to get back to where we should be, and this is something we think is consistent with that.

“We have a GM, and (Jay Feaster) is involved in this process. He and his group are firmly entrenched in one of the most important drafts for this organization certainly in the last 20 years, maybe ever. We have the utmost confidence in their abilities.”

  1. thailer35 - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Too bad. I was hoping to be rid of the Shanaban.

  2. sjsharks66 - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:13 PM


  3. slysipops - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    maybe just retireing …period would be good ?

  4. ironmd778 - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:48 PM


  5. therealjr - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    His heart is in the right place, but sometimes I wonder if having a two-man crew handling the reviews and suspensions might keep things a little more grounded.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      John Shannon has talked about this several times on Prime Time Sports, according to him when he worked at the NHL office Colin Campbell would ask several people for input on suspensions, the group would watch the film, give their input and then Campbell would make the decision. Not sure if Shanahan still does it the same way.

      I’m not sure if a group or committee would make a difference what I think would make a difference is penalizing the action, regardless of injury, instead of only suspending someone if there’s an injury. Suspending actions will change the culture, suspending results doesn’t.

  6. billsin20xx - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    While I dont like the job Shanahan did at all,i.e. Boycchuk head hunting Toews should have been a suspension, I don’t necessarily blame him for the crap job he’s doing.

    Once again, it’s bettmans (the NHL) fault. That job needs a committee to do it, it shouldn’t be one guy. They should have three guys doing it with majority rule. I would hope you could get some more consistent rulings then.

  7. dt58 - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Let the randomness continue…

  8. charliereno - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    D A M M I T .

  9. soldierone - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    He should benefit the league and give up his job to a panel of 3 people, himself included if he wants. For every questionable hit, all 3 will vote on a punishment. 2 of 3 win.

    Its pretty sad to see a smaller team get punished, while an “all star” of the league can get away with a slap on the wrist.

  10. equator180 - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    After the Boycchuk incident of heading Toews without penalty it clearly is as much a political position as it is practical, perhaps even more. At times you can really appreciate his analysis and agree with the penalty being handed out but it is now clear he is like other stiff things and goes where he is pushed, get a panel, they would be harder to sway. That hit on Toews has probably done some real damage to an excellent player by a goon who should have had at least a 5 game suspension, the goons have to go..

  11. kingcobraman - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Thankless job being disciplinarian… but a whole lot better than working for the Flames…

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