“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.
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.
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.