Shanahan taking hard stance on hits
Over the weekend, new league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan continued his aggressive policing of the game, and it's going to spill into this week.
Brad Staubitz and James Wisniewski were suspended indefinitely, pending hearings, for their illegal checks in Friday's preseason game between the Minnesota Wild and the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the coming suspensions will be interesting. I was told that Wisniewski's hearing is at 1 p.m. Monday and since he's a repeat offender, it could be significant. It's expected that the ruling will wipe out the rest of his preseason and stretch into the regular season. In defending partner Fedor Tyutin, Wisniewski hit Cal Clutterbuck in the head illegally.
"If you slow it down, it's not that bad," one NHL source said. "But they are throwing the book at everyone."
Yes, they are.
Before players could participate in any exhibition games, they had to watch an explainer video breaking down the changes to Rule 48 and the expansion of boarding. It was a video similar to the one Shanahan has been releasing after each of his suspensions. If the players weren't clear how serious he was during the videos, it's certainly crystallizing during the exhibition games.
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