One of the hot topics that needs attention in the off-season by the NHL is the consistency of discipline, both during the season and the playoffs.
Consider that Andrew Ference was suspended for Game 2 of the Bruins-Maple Leafs playoff series for a whack at the head of Mikhail Grabovski. Justice took a different path for Dion Phaneuf, however. His cheap shot against Daniel Paille didn’t even merit a hearing with Brendan Shanahan. Say what?
Even during the shortened lock-out season and playoffs there were a total of twenty-four suspensions and ten fines. And at least a half-dozen of those of fines and suspensions left you scratching your head. With all the available technology that produces multiple angles of every replay, you would think that the NHL’s chief disciplinarian would have a better handle on his job by now.
True, not every hit or comment results in a “Shanaban,” but the inconsistency of rule applications cause many to question the fairness of the hockey police.
What do you think? Is Brendan Shanahan doing a good enough job for the National Hockey League? Or do you think that the disciplinary process needs to be re-evaluated? Take a few minutes to complete the poll and let me know what you think!
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