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Brendan Shanahan

Shanahan responds to Vlasic’s complaints on Kessel punishment


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.

Report: No discipline for Okposo after hit on Bogosian (video)

Kyle Okposo, Keith Aucoin

Yesterday’s thrilling game between Winnipeg and the New York Islanders that saw the Isles win 5-4 in a shootout. It also saw a questionable hit delivered by Isles forward Kyle Okposo to Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian.

Okposo hit Bogosian up high, putting Bogosian down on the ice for a few moments with no penalty called on the play. Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press reports Brendan Shanahan reviewed the hit and won’t discipline Okposo.

With the video we’ve found of the play, good luck determining what exactly happened. Lawless compared the hit to the one delivered by Montreal’s Ryan White on Philly’s Kent Huskins that earned White a five-game suspension. What do you make of it?


Lightning’s Thompson suspended two games for illegal head check

Nate Thompson- Matt D'Agostini hit

It turns out Brendan Shanahan had good reason to have a meeting with Lightning forward Nate Thompson today.

The Department of Player Safety suspended Thompson for two games thanks to the illegal head check he delivered to Devils forward Matt D’Agostini last night.

As Shanahan will show in the video below, Thompson could’ve avoided delivering a blow to D’Agostini’s head but instead chose to target it instead. Take it away, Shanny.

Thompson will give up $9,729.72 in salary to the benefit of the NHL Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund and return to action next Saturday against the Islanders. He’ll miss the team’s games on Tuesday against the Panthers and Thursday on the road against the Hurricanes.

Tampa’s Thompson to have hearing for head check on Devils’ D’Agostini

Nate Thompson

Tampa Bay’s Nate Thompson is going to have to pay a visit (or at least a phone call) with Brendan Shanahan.

Thompson will meet with the Department of Player Safety today over a head check he delivered to New Jersey’s Matt D’Agostini during the second period of last night’s Lightning shootout victory. No penalty was called on the play and D’Agostini wasn’t hurt on the play.

For what it’s worth, Thompson doesn’t appear to have a record for being suspended so he’s got that working for him. Tampa Bay’s next game isn’t until Tuesday night at home against the Panthers. If Thompson is suspended, he’ll have to wait a while to serve it.

No punishment coming for Nashville’s Clune

Rich Clune

Nashville forward Rich Clune gets to avoid having an awkward conversation with Brendan Shanahan.

Joshua Cooper of The Tennessean reports the NHL will not be seeking additional punishment for the rugged Predators forward for his late, high hit on Columbus’ Artem Anisimov. The league explained why Clune won’t be disciplined to Cooper:

According to the league, Clune hit Anisimov .45 seconds after release of the puck, which was not late enough for supplemental discipline. The league also said the hit itself was legal. 

Clune was assessed a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct for the hit that left Anisimov cut and bloodied but otherwise uninjured. The Predators persevered without Clune, beating the Blue Jackets 5-2.