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Some GMs upset with Shanahan's heavy hand

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10:53 AM ET 10.09 | While Brendan Shanahan's pre-season videos and suspensions have been roundly applauded by fans and the media, a small group of GMs are so upset they've lodged complaints with the commissioner. "We wanted the bar raised, not doubled or tripled," one GM told the Calgary Sun Saturday. He went on to say there was "widespread disbelief at this" and that, "yes, the head shots will stop, but so will hitting." He said it's one thing to pass up a hit when a player is vulnerable, but now he sees lots of guys passing up clean hits.

Toronto Sun

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October 9, 2011  11:00 AM ET

Some GMs?

Lets hear Some Names.

October 9, 2011  11:14 AM ET

get over it...it's a new day in the NHL..adapt or die

October 9, 2011  11:27 AM ET

Are the Leafs 2-0 ?

October 9, 2011  11:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Some GMs? Lets hear Some Names.

Well...one GM told the CALGARY SUN...what's that tell you?

October 9, 2011  11:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Are the Leafs 2-0 ?

Don't breath a word of it...they may even be 5-0 soon...but only due to the fact that they have 5 games at home and all against non-playoff teams to start the season.
KESSEL AND DION though...keep it up!!! :-)

October 9, 2011  11:36 AM ET

C'mon Canuck...post the Phaneuf hit on DeCosta last night....what a beauty! Course you could also post the video of the Kessel hat trick. All nice goals too, you can't deny.

October 9, 2011  11:41 AM ET

Good maybe if the GM's get the memo everyone will... NOBODY wants to see a nasty player sucker punching another player. Watch videos like the hit on Shane Willis with 12 seconds left on the game or Tie Domi's elbowing Niedermayer. NO TRUE HOCKEY FAN WANTS TO SEE THAT!

October 9, 2011  11:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

C'mon Canuck...post the Phaneuf hit on DeCosta last night....what a beauty! Course you could also post the video of the Kessel hat trick. All nice goals too, you can't deny.





But how 'bout the work Kessel did with Lombardi behind the net to kill the clock? Last year Kessel wouldn't go near that big crowd behind the net, and if he got the puck he would have tried digging it out of the corner instead of keeping it there and would have went for the empty net.

October 9, 2011  11:51 AM ET

I absolutely love the fact that hockey it is the most physical sport out there, however I want it to be CLEAN hitting... I am sure many hockey fans feel the same way!

October 9, 2011  11:52 AM ET

By the way Phaneuf's hit was clean and it was a beauty!

October 9, 2011  11:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

C'mon Canuck...post the Phaneuf hit on DeCosta last night....what a beauty! Course you could also post the video of the Kessel hat trick. All nice goals too, you can't deny.

Argos beat me to it.

I liked the Dion hit and Kessel stepped up last night.

Anybody know the number for the suicide hotline?

October 9, 2011  12:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Argos beat me to it. I liked the Dion hit and Kessel stepped up last night.Anybody know the number for the suicide hotline?

Yes it's true and par for the course as Argos does seem to usually be one step ahead of you Canuck...eh?
;-)

October 9, 2011  12:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

But how 'bout the work Kessel did with Lombardi behind the net to kill the clock? Last year Kessel wouldn't go near that big crowd behind the net, and if he got the puck he would have tried digging it out of the corner instead of keeping it there and would have went for the empty net.

Kessel is young and his game is developing...as long as he can keep Wilson out of his head I'd expect you will see a lot more of this type of play from him...Even in the Habs game with his back checking speed to take the puck then run it all the way back up the ice only to have a Leaf forget to give it back to him on the door step...Not sure if Connely will be the answer but I'll reserve judgement until I actually see him healthy...I know that could be a long wait but still...
Oh...from what we've seen so far and with Frasen on the bubble...maybe...just maybe, Burke might consider making a play for a top forward using Schenn as bait.

October 9, 2011  12:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

But how 'bout the work Kessel did with Lombardi behind the net to kill the clock? Last year Kessel wouldn't go near that big crowd behind the net, and if he got the puck he would have tried digging it out of the corner instead of keeping it there and would have went for the empty net.

Lombardi and Steckle could very well be the best moves Burkie pulled off recently...I can't imagine why the Caps didn't use him more to draw the puck over to O.V when they had him. He also has great reach and a very quick stick...and difficult to move.

October 9, 2011  12:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

By the way Phaneuf's hit was clean and it was a beauty!

Yeah...and to be honest, I think it's time that the NHL cracked down on guys going after a guy for laying on a beautiful CLEAN hit. It's a real skill set and a wonderful part of the game that deserves to be encouraged and those that oppose it should be punished accordingly. It's like beating up on a guy after he scored a goal for pete's sake and needs to be addressed.

Opinions?

October 9, 2011  12:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Argos beat me to it. I liked the Dion hit and Kessel stepped up last night.Anybody know the number for the suicide hotline?

Did you check for it on nhlenforcers.com?

October 9, 2011  12:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Yes it's true and par for the course as Argos does seem to usually be one step ahead of you Canuck...eh?;-)

That's only because of the landmines. :-)

October 9, 2011  12:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Lombardi and Steckle could very well be the best moves Burkie pulled off recently...I can't imagine why the Caps didn't use him more to draw the puck over to O.V when they had him. He also has great reach and a very quick stick...and difficult to move.

I'll have to agree re Steckle but Lombardi was invisible last night.

October 9, 2011  12:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Kessel is young and his game is developing...as long as he can keep Wilson out of his head I'd expect you will see a lot more of this type of play from him...Even in the Habs game with his back checking speed to take the puck then run it all the way back up the ice only to have a Leaf forget to give it back to him on the door step...Not sure if Connely will be the answer but I'll reserve judgement until I actually see him healthy...I know that could be a long wait but still...Oh...from what we've seen so far and with Frasen on the bubble...maybe...just maybe, Burke might consider making a play for a top forward using Schenn as bait.

Second anti-Schenn comment from you today. What's up with that?

 
October 9, 2011  01:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

But how 'bout the work Kessel did with Lombardi behind the net to kill the clock? Last year Kessel wouldn't go near that big crowd behind the net, and if he got the puck he would have tried digging it out of the corner instead of keeping it there and would have went for the empty net.

Shades of Nick Kronwell. Clean enough hit.

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