Friday, 23 September 2011

There's a new sheriff in town

Brendan Shanahan's decision to suspend Jody Shelley for his hit on Jay Rosehill hit all the right notes. A suitable length of punishment for a dangerous, boneheaded act. A clear explanation, on video no less, of the reasoning behind the decision. A clear statement that Mr. Shelley's past transgressions were weighed in the decision.

Meanwhile Pierre Maguire was on radio advocating for leniency because Mr. Shelley was trying to win a job with the Flyers and a suspension might result in him getting cut from the team. There was a mention that he is not 'that kind of player', to which one is forced to wonder if not he who is? Mr. Shanahan has a lot of work to do to overcome the old boys' network in the NHL and its hidebound mentality and 'code of honour'. This was a definitely positive first step in that direction.

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