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Bettman on Shanahan: ‘He certainly has my confidence’

Dec 10, 2013, 7:12 PM EDT

Brendan Shanahan AP

No doubt about it, Brendan Shanahan and the rest of the league’s player safety decision-makers have been put to the test over the last few days. If you ask Gary Bettman and the NHL’s Board of Governors, it appears that they’ve passed with flying colors, as The Canadian Press reports.

“I believe the sense of the room is that Brendan Shanahan and the department of player safety has the confidence of the board of governors. He certainly has my confidence,” Bettman said. “It’s about modifying an element of the game’s culture and we think we’ve made positive, dramatic steps forward.”

Bettman praises Shanahan for his attention to detail and for being “proactive.”

The league’s GMs also gave Shanny & Co. the thumbs up.

“You’re not going to rid yourself of suspensions and what have you, but we’ve certainly come so much farther,” Nashville Predators GM David Poile said. “I mean, look where we were. I’ve been around for a long time, and some of the stuff that happened in the so-called old days, to where we are now, it’s so much better for the players and a so much better game.”

The key many (including Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli) point to is evolving the process to police the game without taking the physicality out of the sport. So far, it seems like league executives believe Shanahan is pushing things in the right direction.

For a roundup of the other Board of Governors issues, including talk about expansion, click here.

  1. sabatimus - Dec 10, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    The vote of confidence! Generally this means the person is fired weeks or even days later.

    • imleftcoast - Dec 10, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      “You’re doing a heckuva job, Brownie” A week later, it’s back to Arabian horse judging.

  2. muckleflugga - Dec 10, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    we’ll see how confident they are when numbers are in on the concussion lawsuits…the only way anyone will get the nhl’s attention on player health is when its team owners are nailed in their wallets, hard

    marginal franchises are going to get creamed if expected to settle in equal proportion; the league will be rocked…

    hence, need for an out of court settlement free of punitive awards, but dispersing payouts in a cash stream league fiduciaries can control –you think the cost of tickets, beer and a few cheese nachos is high in the present, wait until books have to be balanced

    the board of governors will be cleaning house, win lose or draw; shanahan will step to the front of the line as the league’s whipping boy; his effort has been a complete balls-up by every definition…

    this while understanding he’s the titular head of a department of safety controlled in every way by owners themselves –what, you think management would have put costs related to player safety into the hands of a former player, himself a labour activist during his playing days

    shanahan will retire wealthy; money is an effective means of controlling jilted lovers, everywhere

    the unified front will become a denial cum blame fest; bitter old men to whom money is meaningless and ego is everything

    families of concussion victims will dance to a jitterbug rag

  3. shortsxit34 - Dec 10, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    I swear to God, you’re one of those guys that speaks just to hear himself talk, aren’t you?

  4. muckleflugga - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:16 PM


    no, i write just to see myself write…i’m sure you’re able to understand the difference

    need for phonics is but a distant memory

    thanks for listening

    • gtthom86 - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:20 AM

      dude…. muckleflugga, you just try too hard…wayyyyy to hard. its kinda sad

    • pastabelly - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      I am guessing that the following is your point that could have been made in three sentences:

      Shanny is too easy on players and suspensions aren’t long enough. His actions have brought about more concussions. When the inevitable former player sues the league, they will scapegoat Shanny.

      While this isn’t twitter, it would help if you just made your points and left it at that.

  5. yustasayin - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.

  6. flash8910 - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Well, aren’t they one big happy circle jerk. Most fans that I talk to do not like Shanahan. Almost all fans that I talk to hate Bettman. But what do they care as long as they like each other.

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