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Shanahan responds to Vlasic’s complaints on Kessel punishment

Sep 26, 2013, 10:24 AM EDT

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San Jose’s Marc-Edouard Vlasic now knows everyone is listening when he speaks, especially the NHL.

Head of player safety Brendan Shanahan heard Vlasic’s complaints about the punishment handed down to Phil Kessel and offers up an explanation for his decision. David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News dug in and got the story.

“My door is always open to any player. If he truly wants an explanation, he can reach out to me anytime and I will give him an explanation. That is an easy route and not something that he necessarily needs to do through the newspaper.

“On each incident, we dissect the details. We use our experience to try to establish intent, degree of recklessness. For someone to say the judgment is too lenient of the judgment is too harsh, that’s perfectly acceptable because this is a subjective job and we respect that other people have other opinions.”

Shanahan teaches him a lesson and lets him know he should do it man-to-man instead of through the media. Safe to assume Shanahan didn’t like reading complaints from another player about how he’s doing his job. He even went so far as to explain past actions involving Vlasic.

People may not agree with how Shanahan doles out punishment, but he’s owning every bit of it.

  1. packerswin96 - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Shanahan the player > Shanahan the punisher

    • 19wasthebest - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      Shanny was a great player but he sucks big time at his job.

    • sabatimus - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      Shanahan was a dirty player. Then again, in his current job, that might help him. Only his track record is inconsistent at best.

  2. hockey412 - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Vlasic lost $8,378.38. That’s it. No suspension.

    Vlasic makes $4,250,000 a year as a professional athlete and swung his stick at someone. I’m thinking Shanahan treated him fairly.

    • ndrick731 - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      He treated him very fairly. The point he’s making is that Phil Kessel a multiple time offender in just the last two weeks was given no punishment essentially.

      • hockeydon10 - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:44 AM

        Multiple time offender? I was unaware he was suspended previously for this type of behavior.

        Note that prior fines and suspensions are the only thing used to judge suspensions. They don’t count up the number of slashing or roughing penalties players commit.

    • 19wasthebest - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      I am thinking you are butt hurt that someone makes that kind of money. Fact is Kessel swung multiple times and even went back a second time and speared/slashed at him. Should cost him more that preseason games. When you get suspended it should be for regular season when the money is also part of the equation. Slashing like that he should have been made an example of if they want this kind of stuff to not happen.

      • hockey412 - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        That’s fairly stupid. No offense. I bring up the money because I think it’s ironic that a guy was fined .1% (that’s .001) of his salary and talks about somebody else as not being punished.

        Vlasik came out afterward and said yes, I was swinging to hit him. Kessel acted in self defense, if Scott hadn’t lunged at him, gloves off, then it wouldn’t have happened. The rest, after the play was broken up, shouldn’t have happened….but hell after all that you think anyone’s going to feel bad for Scott, you must be butt hurt.

        Butt hurt is an idiotic term, by the way.

      • sabatimus - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        “That’s fairly stupid. No offense…Butt hurt is an idiotic term, by the way”.

        No offense. Riight. I’m still laughing.

      • hockey412 - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        laugh away – just do it quietly.

  3. alexo0 - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Looks like Vlasic has found himself in a real “pickle”.

    • prosportswashington - Sep 27, 2013 at 7:34 AM

      thank you, sir

  4. drewsylvania - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    I think Vlasic realizes that consulting with Shamahan wouldn’t change anything. It’s clear from his rulings that in many cases the league is telling Shamahan how to rule.

  5. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Vlasic is a joke. Him complaining about Kessel’s punishment is about as logical as Kessel complaining about Vlasic’s punishment. They both got a slap on the wrist. They both deserved more, but neither is a threat to the league. They made dumb mistakes, Shanny gave them warning shots, time to move on.

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      Well said

  6. kgun80 - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    “Kessel acted in self defense”…… Maybe the first time, but the second swing and the spear? Scott was tied up and Kessel came in on the side….. Facts are facts. Shanny is just a face for Bettman continuing the same garbage that makes the NHL the 4th level major league sport in the US . Favoring big market teams and letting the stars of their choosing do what they want when they want.

    • bauxjangles - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      The second time he swung was because he’s a b*tch

  7. bullwinkle88 - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    I want to hear Shanahan’s explanation for fining Rolston. We haven’t heard a reason for that and I doubt that we will.

  8. bauxjangles - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    It sounds like he should just admit that Kessel convinced him to soften the suspension during his phone hearing. Kessel is the George Zimmerman of the NHL.

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      But Kessel’s stick swinging wasn’t truly in self-defense

    • mp1131211 - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      Not quite. Zimmerman killed a child because he took it upon himself to be a vigilante and got in over his head. Kessel hit a 6’8″ man with a stick during a game.

      • kaptaanamerica - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        Zimmerman killed a thug teen who was beating the shiite out of him.get the facts, like the jury did.

      • bauxjangles - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        It was self defense when no one was ever really in danger

      • mp1131211 - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:04 PM

        Hey kap- Blow me. Like your mom did.

  9. joey4id - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    We can all dish on Shanahan, and many of us disagree with some of the decisions he has taken. Truth be told, we are on the outside looking in and we have no idea how decisions are taken and what sort of discussions occur before the ruling. Sure! We think we know because we played the game. Midget, junior, coached, beer league (my favorite) but unless we’ve played at the highest level, or coached, we know very little about what happens on and off the ice around a professional team. Seems strange that a player, Kessel, is suspended for three games during the pre-season, and another, Clarkson will miss the first 10 games of the season. Bottom line, Shanahan doesn’t make the decisions in a vacuum. Is he really to blame for all the decisions?

  10. soro17 - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    So, do you think Shanny called Vlasic up and had a chat man-to-man before speaking with the Mercury News about things? I doubt it.

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