For the first time since taking over from Brendan Shannahan as Senior Vice President of Player Safety, Stephane Quintal addressed the NHL general managers during meetings in Toronto on Tuesday.
Quintal’s main concern is the rash of knee-on-knee penalties around the league through the first month and a half of the season.
Zach Kassian is just one example. The Vancouver Canucks forward has missed two weeks of action after colliding with Avalanche defenseman Nick Holden.
Holden was assessed a minor penalty for tripping on the play. Kassian, who is expected to return to Vancouver’s lineup tonight, has missed five games due to an injury resulting from the hit.
“There have been statistically more of those penalties this year versus the last couple years,” said Blackhawks GM, Stan Bowman. “It could just be one of those things that over the first six weeks you’ve had a few more than in the past.
“We touched on the fact that those numbers are up.”
San Jose Sharks tough guy John Scott has been suspended two games by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for leaving the players’ bench on a legal line change to start an altercation.
The incident occurred Sunday night during the Sharks’ 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks.
The Department of Player Safety cited Rule 70.2 in Scott’s suspension, which states, “A player who has entered the game on a legal line change or legally from the penalty bench (penalty time has expired) who starts an altercation maybe subject to discipline in accordance with Rule 28 – Supplementary Discipline.”
Scott’s suspension is the first under new Senior Vice President of Player Safety, Stephane Quintal.
In the video outlining the reasoning for the suspension, Patrick Burke says during the Monday hearing, Scott admitted his intent when coming off the bench was to challenge Tim Jackman.
Scott will forfeit $17,073.18 in salary and miss San Jose’s games Tuesday in Colorado and Thursday in Minnesota. Scott broke into the NHL with the Wild during the 2008-09 season.
Two seasons ago, while with the Sharks, Ryane Clowe was suspended two games for a similar incident.
The NHL has announced that former player Stephane Quintal will join the player safety department in a managerial role. Quintal, 43, will join the group that is currently under the guidance of Senior VP of Player Safety, Brendan Shanahan.
“I am delighted that Stephane will be joining the Department of Player Safety,” Shanahan said. “Stephane was a physical defenseman who played the game with great passion and intensity. His insight and his ability to articulate our views will be a great asset to our department.”
Shanahan then handed Quintal an employee handbook and told him to go see Linda in HR.
Quintal will join Rob Blake (who made his video debut in October with the Dan Carcillo suspension) on the player safety team. He’s the second defenseman acquired by Shanahan, who now needs a goalie, center and checking winger to ice a competitive six-man unit.
During his career, Quintal recorded 243 points (63 goals, 180 assists) and 1,320 penalty minutes in 1,037 regular-season games with Boston, St. Louis, Winnipeg, Montreal, New York Rangers and Chicago from 1988-89 through 2003-04. Of course, he’s probably best known as the last Montreal Canadien to wear No. 5 before the club retired it in honor of Bernie “Boom Boom” Geoffrion.
Other things: Quintal once fought Eric Lindros and his big superstition was to not talk to anyone after 1:30 p.m. on gameday. Seriously. Look it up.